Mexican films

For the final project These are either from my private collection, Netflix, or both. A free month’s subscription is available to Netflix by asking for it! Some of these films are available in streaming versions on Netflix. Some are on Youtube although you’ll have to check to see if there are subtitles. THE SELECTIONS ARE FIRST COME, FIRST SIRVED!

For the final project you’ll be reviewing one of the films listed below [or others by permission] and preparing a packet of materials along the lines of what I have preparing for you this semester. 1. A selection of readings taken from the text. Additional materials may be included; you must include all sources-book, journal, website, etc. From the text selections you should include title, author, page numbers and a brief explanation of why you chose it {“It’s interesting” “It’s important” “It’s useful” are NOT explanations}. 2. Several comprehension questions from the readings. You will have seen the film before doing the readings, and afterwards too, so you’ll know what kind of information students would need a background explanation for. 3. A 200 word synopsis of the film. 4. A presentation of the film that you would present to the class. This may be in PowerPoint form, a narrative, etc., and can cover historical, cultural or biographic materials, depending on the slide. 5. Discussion questions for the blog. 6. An essay question AND your essay, combining the film, readings and blog questions.

The Night of the Iguana:

When American minister Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon is expelled from his V he travels to Mexico in search of his destiny and sanity. t. El Mariachi: A traveling mariachi is mistaken for a murderous criminal and must hide from a gang bent on killing him. [The 2nd link is to the film itself]

Antonieta: A French psychologist investigates about famous suicidal women. She finds the case of Antonieta Rivas Mercado, a Mexican writer who died inside Paris' Notre Dame in 1931. To follow the investigation she travels to Mexico to reveal her life.

Apocalypto: As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate. Cuento de hadas para dormir cocordrilos/A Fairy Tale to Put Crocodiles to Sleep:

After being abandoned by his wife and informed that his father is ill, a young Mexican man returns to his ancestral home and confronts the ghosts of his family's past. Duck Season/Temporada de patos Flama and Moko are fourteen years old; they have been best friends since they were kids. They have everything they need to survive yet another boring Sunday: an apartment without parents, videogames, porn magazines, soft drinks and pizza delivery. The electricity company, Rita, the neighbor, Ulises, a pizza deliveryman, eleven seconds, the Real Madrid-Manchester game, some chocolate brownies and a horrible painting of ducks, all combine to break the harmony of what promised to be a placid Sunday, and reveal issues such as the parents' divorce, loneliness, the confusion between

El espejo de la bruja / The Witch’s Mirror: A husband murders his wife, and years later her ghost emerges from a witch's mirror to take her revenge. Kino: The Legend of the Black Priest: An explorer in the New World braves the wrath of man and the fury of nature to transcend time and become legend in an epic adventure detailing the remarkable achievements of Eusebio Francisco Kino, better known to history scholars as Padre Kino. Despite the many obstacles in his way, Padre Kino's passion for exploration drove him to accomplish what few dared to even attempt in the New World. With Native Americans, Spanish soldiers, the Catholic Church, and even nature itself challenging him, Padre Kino's remarkable endurance and unbreakable will would eventually earn him a place in the history books and inspire future generations of explorers to take their fate into their own hands no matter what the cost.

Su Excelencia: Su Excelencia is a 1966 Mexican film. A Cold War comedy, it stars Mario Moreno "Cantinflas" as Lopez better known as "Lopitos" by the Ambassador's secretary, a bureaucrat from the Latin American "Republica De Los Cocos" who is stationed in the embassy of the Communist bloc country "Pepeslavia" (a play on the title of Moreno's second American film, Pepe). Mucha lucha: The Story of three masked wrestlers in Wrestling school. The Woman of the Port /La mujer del puerto: Rosario (Palma) becomes a prostitute after losing her father and discovering her boyfriend had a liaison with another woman. In Veracruz, Rosario lives above a sordid cabaret "selling her love to the men coming from the sea." One night, sailor Alberto (Soler) rescues Rosario from the dirty hands of a drunk man.

Los últimos zapatistas/The Last Zapatistas: In the year 2000 the Mexican film director, Francesco Taboada Tabone, began his search for the last of the soldiers to have fought beside General Emiliano Zapata in the 1910 Revolution. Under the Volcano: Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of Death, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul living in alcoholic disrepair and obscurity in Cuernavaca in 1939. The Passion of Berenice/La pasion según Berenice: Berenice (Navarro) is a woman with a mysterious past. A scar crosses her face and nightmares of fire and horses fill her lonely nights.

Rudo y cursi / Rude and Tacky: Two siblings rival each other inside the world of professional soccer

Y tu mamá también /And Your Mother Too [ I don’t have a copy of this] In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other La santa muerte: In Mexico there is a cult that is rapidly growing- the cult of Saint Death. This female grim reaper, considered a saint by followers but Satanic by the Catholic Church, is worshiped by people whose lives are filled with danger and/or violence- criminals, gang members, transvestites, sick people, drug addicts, and families living in rough neighborhoods. "La Santa Muerte" examines the origins of the cult and takes us on a tour of the altars, jails, and neighborhoods in Mexico where the saint's most devoted followers can be found.

Amores perrosLove’s a Bitch: A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.

The Captain from Castile:

The invasion of Mexico by Cortez, as seen by a young Spanish officer fleeing Inquisition. Cronos: In 1535, an alchemist builds an extraordinary mechanism encapsulated into a small golden device. The invention, designed to convey eternal life to its owner, survives its maker until 1997 when it shows up to an antiquarian. El esqueleto de la señora Morales/ The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales: A taxidermist decides to murder his wife after having to put up with her after twenty years of hellish marriage.

El bulto/The Lump: After being in a comma for 20 year, Lauro (Retes) wakes up in a very different Mexico than the one he lived on. Ideas, hopes, ways-of-life and customs have changed, and Mexicans of the nineties are strangers for a man sleeping since 1971. Lauro will have to deal with the changes brought by the History, and will have to accept that the future is never as we imagined it when we were young.

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