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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