Film Series: The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema

In celebration of México 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde, join us this spring for a film series exploring the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. 

FREE

Sunday, May 14

Talk: Gender and Identity in Mexico's Golden Era Films
2:00 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
Join us for the launch of our film series celebrating the Golden Age of Mexican cinema from the 1930s through 1950s, featuring a talk by director and film historian
Sonia Fritz followed by a screening of Distinto Amanecer from 1943. 

Film Screening: Distinto Amanecer
3:30 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
Considered one of the best examples of Mexican film noir, Distinto Amanecer (Another Dawn) takes place during a single night in which old friends Ignacio, Julieta, and Octavio are reunited after many years apart. Ignacio and Julieta are now unhappily married when Octavio, Julieta’s paramour, shows up seeking refuge after uncovering a political scandal. Interlaced with elements of a drama, thriller, and romance, the film concludes with Julieta having to make a choice: to run away with Octavio on the dawn train and start a new life or to stay with her husband. This film is not rated (1943, 108 min.).This film will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

*Enjoy free admission to "México 1900–1950" as part of our Family Day presented by Bank of America. Parking may be limited. For other parking options, visit the Dallas Arts District.

Sunday, June 4

Film Screening: Enamorada
11:30 a.m., Horchow Auditorium
Set during the Mexican Revolution, Enamorada tells the story of a guerrilla general who takes control of a town near Mexico City, only to fall in love with the daughter of one of the town’s richest citizens. This film is not rated (1946, 99 min.). This film will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

Film Screening: La Perla
2:30 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
A diver named Quino finds a valuable pearl at the bottom of the ocean that brings his family sudden wealth. The pearl turns out to be a curse as Quino’s wealth and safety is threatened by scam artists and robbers. One day when Quino is attacked by would-be robbers, he kills them in self-defense and is forced to leave town. This film is not rated (1947, 85 min.). This film will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

Sunday, June 18

Film Screening: Salón México
11:30 a.m., Horchow Auditorium
To pay for her younger sister’s education, Mercedes secretly works at a popular cabaret called Salón México. When she wins a dance contest, her shady partner Paco refuses to share the prize money with her so she steals it while he is sleeping. With the help of Lupe, the club’s head of security and Mercedes’ admirer, Mercedes struggles to escape Paco’s vengeance. This film is not rated (1949, 95 min.). This film will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

Film Screening: La ilusión viaja en tranvía
2:30 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
After a night of heavy drinking, public transit workers Caireles and Tarrajas take a soon to be decommissioned streetcar for a joyride. As they travel throughout the city, they pick up a host of colorful characters representing a cross-section of Mexican society. This film is not rated (1954, 90 min.). This film will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

Sunday, July 9

Film Screening: Aventurera
11:30 a.m., Horchow Auditorium
In the wake of family tragedies, Elena attempts to make a life for herself in a new city. She is drugged by a man named Lucio, who sells her to Rosaura, the owner of a brothel fronted by a nightclub. Elena becomes a sensation as a dancer, but all the while she plots her revenge. This film is not rated (1950, 101 min.). This film will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

Film Screening: El Angel Exterminador
2:30 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
After a lavish dinner party, the guests find themselves mysteriously unable to leave the room. Over the course of a few days, the true nature of their personalities is revealed and civilized society devolves into animalistic behavior. This film is not rated (1962, 95 min.). This film will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

Promotional support provided by Dallas Film Society.