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
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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
Tiempo de Morir presented by Libros Schmibros – Ford-Theatre – Aug 5, 2016 – program insert pages 1 + 4
Tiempo de Morir presented by Libros Schmibros – Ford-Theatre – Aug 5, 2016 – program insert pages 2 – 3
‘Kreplach Western’ screening a new frontier for Boyle Heights lending library –by Eitan Arom, Jewish Journal
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.
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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