Read the full article on vivelohoy.com
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.
Read the full article on LAist.com
From LAist’s Facebook page:
Read the full article on laist.com
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
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
What your ticket purchase to “Tiempo de Morir” will support: Bicycle Libraries!
Purchase your ticket to “Tiempo de Morir” and 100% of the net proceeds will benefit Libros Schmibros, the one-and-only nonprofit lending library in Boyle Heights and all of Los Angeles.
Take a look at pictures of our volunteer young adult cyclists from last season who later this year will once again roll our most popular titles out to local farmer’s markets, grocery stores, loncheras, and other Metro-adjacent public spaces throughout Los Angeles. Continue reading
We are proud to announce the 50th anniversary screening of Tiempo de morir (Time to Die), the classic Mexican western written by Gabriel García Márquez and Carlos Fuentes and directed by the great Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein, on Friday, August 5th at 7:30 PM at the Ford Theaters in Hollywood! In attendance will be Gabriel García Márquez’s son, the director Rodrigo García, and other special guests, who will introduce the film and discuss its importance in Mexican film history. The film will play in its original Spanish with English subtitles. It is our privilege to introduce this great film to modern audiences and foster a new tradition of bilingual outdoor film screenings in Los Angeles!
While there are many outdoor screenings this summer, none showcase Mexican films, which deserve a chance to be discovered and appreciated. Tiempo de morir is a great Mexican film, which combined the talents of two of Latin America’s greatest writers, the Colombian Gabriel García Márquez and the Mexican Carlos Fuentes. A powerful story about murder, revenge and fate set within the genre of the Western, it offers a nuanced examination of the motives that drive men to commit terrible acts. This narrative resonated so deeply with García Márquez that it served as the genesis to his celebrated novel Crónica de una muerte anunciada (Chronicle of a Death Foretold) published almost twenty years later.
This film screening is an exciting extension of our core mission: to give everyone the opportunity to share stories with their community and discover their transformative power. We give away free books at our lending library, organize a bilingual Children’s Reading Hour in Mariachi Plaza, and now screen rare but important Latin American films so people of all backgrounds can enjoy stories and perhaps become inspired to create their own.
If you agree with our mission and want to support us, please tell your friends about this event and come watch this great film with us at the Ford Theaters on Friday, August 5th at 7:30 PM. If you want to support us, but cannot attend, please consider making a donation.