See A Classic Mexican Western Scripted By Gabriel García Márquez In Hollywood Friday – LAist

 See A Classic Mexican Western Scripted By Gabriel García Márquez In Hollywood Friday by Julia Wick in Arts & Entertainmenton Aug 4, 2016

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In 1966, a protegé of Luis Buñuel directed a classic Western from a screenplay written by none other than Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez. Fifty years later, that film will have a rare, one-night-only outdoor screening at the newly restored Ford Theatre in Hollywood. Friday’s screening of Tiempo de Morir (“A Time To Die”) is presented by Libros Schmibros, a Boyle Heights non-profit lending library that also happens to be one of our very favorite places in the city. The film will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles, and will be introduced by García Márquez’s son, director Rodrigo García, who will discuss its importance in Mexican film history.

Tiempo de Morir, which was last seen theatrically in America in 1966, was nominated for the Palme d’or at Cannes and is considered to be a groundbreaking classic of Mexican cinema. The film “essentially jolted the Mexican film industry out of the torpor and censorship it’d been pretty much mired in since the Golden Age,” David Kipen, Libros Schmibros’s founder and the former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts, told LAist.

“And you couldn’t ask for a better literary pedigree, unless it was co-written by Carlos Fuentes—which it was,” Kipen said. Among other things, Fuentes reportedly “Mexican-ized” Márquez’s dialogue, according to the Harvard Film Archive.

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Know before you go: Tiempo de Morir presented by Libros Schmibros at the Ford Theatre

Here’s the program insert for Tiempo de Morir at the Ford Theatre. Download it, print it–the fotonovela is fantastic!  Most importantly, join us for this wonderful event: great film, engaging speakers, beautiful, historic venue.  Tickets: http://bit.ly/TiempoFord

Tiempo de Morir presented by Libros Schmibros - Ford-Theatre - Aug 5, 2016 - program insert pages 1 + 4

Tiempo de Morir presented by Libros Schmibros – Ford-Theatre – Aug 5, 2016 – program insert pages 1 + 4

Tiempo de Morir presented by Libros Schmibros - Ford-Theatre - Aug 5, 2016 - program insert pages 2 - 3

Tiempo de Morir presented by Libros Schmibros – Ford-Theatre – Aug 5, 2016 – program insert pages 2 – 3

Novelist Gabriel García Márquez wrote a western in the ’60s — it screens in Hollywood on Friday – by Carolina A. Miranda, LA Times

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A man returns to the dusty village of his youth after an 18-year absence. A couple is fleetingly reunited after decades apart. A pair of hot-headed brothers seeks to avenge a murder they neither witnessed nor fully comprehend. There is a gun battle.

In many ways, “Tiempo de Morir” (“A Time to Die”), the 1966 debut drama by Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein, a protegé of Luis Buñuel, fits squarely within the category of western —  in which life-and-death issues of honor and justice play out amid lawlessness and parched landscapes.

But the film may be most notable for the writer behind its screenplay, a former journalist from Colombia by the name of Gabriel García Márquez.

Before “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” the novel that would change his life and the world of Latin American letters, before the Nobel Prize for Literature, before he got into a legendary, mysterious fistfight with Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, García Márquez worked as a screenwriter. He wrote the story “Tiempo de Morir” at Ripstein’s request and then adapted it for film with the help of a friend, who happened to be the Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes.

The film touches on many of the themes that would materialize in García Márquez’s fiction — tradition, propriety, fate. It is a story of vengeance that is also at its essence about the dynamics of family. And there is the setting that feels as if it’s at a remove from reality.

Now this early cinematic work   is getting a rare public viewing in Los Angeles.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the film’s release, Libros Schmibros, the nonprofit lending library based in Boyle Heights, has organized a one-night, outdoor screening at the Ford Theatres in Hollywood on Friday night. Introducing the film will be the  author’s son, filmmaker Rodrigo García (most recently of “Last Days in the Desert,” starring Ewan McGregor). Continue reading

‘Kreplach Western’ screening a new frontier for Boyle Heights lending library – Jewish Journal

Tiempo de Morir, a Kreplach Western?  - Jewish Journal

‘Kreplach Western’ screening a new frontier for Boyle Heights lending library –by Eitan Arom, Jewish Journal

Libros Schmibros is, according to David Kipen, its founder, “the Yiddish-Spanish joke that got out of hand.” By his telling, the Boyle Heights lending library has become more than just a place for community members to grab something to read.

“Very gratifyingly, and in a hurry, it became a place not just for people to come get books, which would have been enough — you know, Dayenu,” he said during a recent interview. “But it also became this kind of crossroads for friends of mine from the Westside and folks from the neighborhood to get together.”

The hole-in-the-wall bookshop recalls the Jewish history of Boyle Heights while catering to what is now a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood; visitors are encouraged to take home books, even to keep them, free of charge.

Now the lending library is looking to move from the bookshelf to the silver screen. On Aug. 5, Libros Schmibros will host a 50th anniversary screening of “Tiempo de Morir” (“Time to Die”), a Spanish-language western written by Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez and directed by Mexican-Jewish director Arturo Ripstein, at the newly restored John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in the Cahuenga Pass.  Continue reading