Tiempo de Morir Recap

On August 5th, hundreds gathered at the historic John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood to watch the 50th anniversary screening of the classic Mexican western Tiempo de Morir. The film, co-written by Gabriel García Márquez and Carlos Fuentes, and directed by Arturo Ripstein, attracted people from all across Los Angeles, some familiar with Libros Schmibros and others not. Before the screening began, guests enjoyed food and drinks with family and friends on the newly renovated Ford Theatre grounds.

David Kipen opened the event by warmly welcoming the crowd and sharing with them the origin and mission of Libros Schmibros. Next, Los Angeles Times film critic Mark Olsen interviewed Gabriel García Márquez’s son Rodrigo García, an acclaimed director and screenwriter who released his latest film, Last Days in the Desert, earlier this year. They discussed his father’s career in cinema and the ideas behind the story for Tiempo de Morir.  Although García Márquez allowed some of his novels to become films, he never adapted them himself, recognizing how difficult that would be. Rodrigo, however, remarked that perhaps now with the help of the latest digital technology it would be possible for a director to do justice to his father’s greatest novel, the wildly imaginative One Hundred Years of Solitude.   Continue reading

Reading of The Midnight Bird by Pergentino José Ruíz

On August 13, Libros Schmibros was proud to support indigenous literature in Los Angeles by hosting a trilingual reading of the short story “Midnight Bird” by its Mexican author, Pergentino José Ruíz, and its English translator and Libros Schmibros employee, Chris Ortega. Continue reading

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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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

Tiempo de Morir presented by Libros Schmibros – 7:30PM August 5, 2016 at the John Anson Ford Theatre in Hollywood

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of a classic, the Boyle Heights-based lending library Libros Schmibros presents a screening of the film Tiempo de Morir, adapted by Gabriel García Márquez and Carlos Fuentes from an original story by Gabriel García Márquez and directed by the great Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein, in his directorial debut. Led by Libros Schmibros co-founder David Kipen, the night begins with a discussion of the film by Director Rodrigo García (Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, Albert Nobbs) – García Márquez’s son – and other special guests.

Tiempo de Morir tells the story of a lone righteous vaquero who returns to his Michoacán pueblo after years in prison to reclaim his ranch and his fiancée, but cannot escape the cycle of violence that forced him to commit murder so long ago. In a scenario that anticipates García Márquez’s immortal novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold two decades later, Juan must decide whether it’s time to get out of town or…time to die.

In Spanish with English subtitles.

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Tiempo de Morir presented by Libros Schmibros 7:30 August 5, 2016 at the John Anson Ford Theatre in Hollywood

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Celebrando el 50 aniversario de una película clásica, la biblioteca Libros Schmibros basada en Boyle Heights presenta una proyección de Tiempo de Morir, adaptada por Gabriel García Márquez y Carlos Fuentes de un cuento original de García Márquez y dirigida por el gran cineasta mexicano Arturo Ripstein en su debut como director.  Conducida por David Kipen, un cofundador de Libros Schmibros, la noche empieza con una discusión de la pelicula por el director Rodrigo García (Con sólo mirarte, Albert Nobbs), el hijo de García Márquez, y otros invitados especiales.

Tiempo de Morir es la historia de un vaquero honrado y solitario que regresa a su pueblo michoacano después de pasar años en la cárcel para recuperar a su rancho y su prometida.  Desafortunadamente, no puede escapar el ciclo de violencia que lo obligó a asesinar hace tantos años atrás.  En un argumento que anticipa la novela inmortal de García Márquez Crónica de una muerte anunciada, Juan tiene que decidir si es tiempo de huir o…tiempo de morir.

In Spanish with English subtitles.

100% of the net proceeds benefit Libros Schmibros!

Tiempo de Morir, 1965

Tiempo de Morir, 1965

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7:30 PM August 5, 2016
John Anson Ford Theatre
2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East
Hollywood, CA 90068

Box office: 323-461-3673

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Images courtesy of Alameda Films.

— excerpted from FordTheatres.org

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