Thursday, October 09, 2008

Cinema of Mexico.

One of the first box-office successes was the film Allá en el rancho grande of Fernando de Fuentes which became the first classic of the cinema of Mexico.It is thought the reason why Mexico has had a wonderful era in cinema it is because of its economic growth during that period. Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete were the two grand leading men of the core of this "Golden Age", and while Negrete was the leader of the Actors Union when it began, alongside Cantinflas, Infante was and always will be the one everyone knows as El Ídolo del Pueblo or The Idol of the People.
The period spanning the 1990s to the present has been considered as the Era of the Nuevo Cine Mexicano (New Mexican Cinema). It first took place with high quality films by Arturo Ripstein, Alfonso Arau, Alfonso Cuarón and María Novaro. The most famous films produced at this time were Como agua para chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) (1992), Pelo Suelto by Gloria Trevi, Cronos (1993), Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (Sex, Shame, and Tears) (1999) and Santitos ("Little Saints") (1999). The latest are Amores perros by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Y tu mamá también by Alfonso Cuarón El Ultimo Rey 2007 a Movie Miracle made only with the Donnatives of Chihuahua Community by Eduardo Barraza Tijuana Makes Me Happy by Dylan Verrechiaand El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) (2006).

There are projects whose fruition is not immediate and that time and collective perseverance are responsible for guiding them to their rightful haven, perhaps these projects are strongly seated in their community’s predilection for they strongly reflect the effort put out by their authors. This is the case of El Ojo que Piensa a virtual magazine specialized in the analysis and research of Ibero-American cinematography in all its levels.
From its initial proposal of publishing research on Latin-American cinema in the then incipient Internet, up to the concretion of this multidisciplinary effort, more than ten years have passed, a decade full of experiences and knowledge accumulated by Lucy Virgen and Klaus Eder, both responsible, with the Universidad de Guadalajara and the Muestra de Cine Mexicano en Guadalajara of chiseling this cultural project, whose thematic axis is one of the most beautiful expressions that man has been capable of formulating: the cinema.
Cinematographic expressive elements manifests the elements that outline culture of Ibero-American countries. In the written expression of El Ojo que Piensa Latin-American cinematography is analyzed and studied with the desire sustain and understanding our culture as a whole.

Raúl Padilla
Presidente del Patronato de la Muestra de Cine Mexicano en Guadalajara.

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