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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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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
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
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.