Director’s Letter – Newsletter – July 2016

Dear Libros Schmibros Nation (or at least County),

We have some good news. You can probably guess that the novels of Gabriel García Márquez have consistently numbered among the most ­circulated here at our lending library on Mariachi Plaza. There’s even a street named after the author of “Cien años de soledad” in Boyle Heights a few blocks away.

Well, the Ford Amphitheatre has accepted our proposal for a 50th ­anniversary screening, on August 5, of the classic, too ­little­ remembered Mexican western “Tiempo de Morir” ­­ written by Gabriel García Márquez (with an assist from the great Mexican man of letters Carlos Fuentes).

Tiempo de Morir trailer

Click on the image to view the original theatrical trailer for Tiempo de Morir.  Buy Tiempo de Morir tickets,  get full event details and directions. Can’t attend? Please help spread the word and please consider making a donation.

As much as any, this is the picture that essentially jolted the Mexican film industry out of torpor and censorship 50 years ago. Its director, Arturo Ripstein, is widely acknowledged as leading inspiration to the current breakthrough generation of Mexican filmmaking, including Alejandro Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron and Garcia Marquez’s son, Rodrigo Garcia, who will participate in the Friday, Aug. 5 screening.

With this event, we want to plant a flag for entertaining, literate, bilingual outdoor screenings in L.A. You can see “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in three different parks across town this summer. But where, especially on the Eastside can a couple, or a family, spread out a blanket under the stars and enjoy one of the great pleasures of summer in L.A.?

Ticket - Tiempo de Morir at Ford Theatre - August 5

Tiempo de Morir presented by Libros Schmibros – Ford Theatre,  7:30 PM August 5, 2016

Please click on the ticket above and join us for this auspicious screening under the stars. It’s good for Libros, we hope it’ll be enjoyable for the city ­­ and, just by the way, it’s a hell of a picture…
All finest, and thank you for your continuing support of Libros,


David Kipen - Founder of Libros Schmibros





David Kipen

Founder, Libros Schmibros Lending Library
L.A. Times Critic at Large

“Los Angeles is like your brain. You only ever use 20% of it. But imagine if we used it all.”