mexican cinema

Dolores Del Rio, 1948, at her home in Acapulco, Mexico. She left Hollywood after a 20 year film career to return to her native Mexico where she became one of the greatest stars (along with Maria Félix) of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema

“I wanted to go the way of art. Stop being a star and become an actress, and that I could only do in Mexico. I wished to choose my own stories, my own director, and camera man. I could accomplish this better in Mexico. I wanted to return to Mexico, a country that was mine and I did not know. I felt the need to return to my country.”

Javier Solís, Jorge Negrete, Lola Beltrán, Pedro Infante, José Alfredo Jiménez, Rocío Dúrcal y Antonio Aguilar

This was at this mexican restaurant near my house. it’s so awesome i sit facing it every time i go.


The Castle of Purity // El castillo de la pureza (Arturo Ripstein -1972)

 Castle of Purity, a bizarre, subversive drama in the Buñuelian mode, concerns Lima, an obsessively overprotective father determined to insulate his family from evils of the outside world. A father of three, Lima has kept his family locked up in their deteriorating Mexico City mansion since the birth of his first child 18 years before. His efforts to shield them from impurity and corruption are imperilled by the increasingly incestuous relationship between two of his teenaged children; meanwhile, the family’s livelihood — the production of rat poison — is threatened by official scrutiny. Famed Mexican poet José Emilio Pacheco co-wrote the script. 

“Dogtooth” director Yorgos Lanthimos has been accused of plagiarizing Castle of Purity, but he strongly denies it and says he never knew it even existed.


“The film opens with a seven-minute-long tracking shot of the sunrise, which could be interpreted by some as borderline pretentious, but nonetheless it’s mesmerizing and sets the tone for the rest of the unhurried and visually stunning film. Silent Light takes place in the rural state of Chihuahua in the strict Mennonite community where Johan, a married man finds himself in a love triangle that threatens his respectable place in the conservative community. Shot with non-actors in Mennonite Communities in Mexico, with the dialogue in Plattdeutsch, this is Mexican filmmaking at its most unique and unconventional.”

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. But you should still watch one of these ten Mexican cinematic treasures, handpicked by Ana Yamel Rodriguez-Cuervo and including Carlos Reygadas’ Silent Light.