Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Autry to offer January film series

Saturdays in January 2009 • 2–4:30 pm
Bold Caballeros y Noble Bandidas Film Festival
In the Wells Fargo Theater, Autry National Center, Griffith Park
All films free with museum admission.

Saturday January 10
The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)
A stolen horse and a deputy’s poor command of the Spanish language lead to a case of mistaken identity, the death of an innocent man, and the destruction of a family in this retelling of an incident that took place in Gonzalez, Texas, in 1901.

Saturday, January 17
Viva Zapata! (1952)
Emiliano Zapata (Marlon Brando), a Mexican Indian from Morelos, joins forces with Pancho Villa (Alan Reed) to overthrow the corrupt Mexican government. However, when the new regime is shown to be no less self-serving than the one it replaced, Zapata has a crisis of faith and tries to return to his roots.

Saturday, January 24
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
When Mexican Revolutionary Pancho Villa (Antonio Banderas) is unable to fund his war against the government, he enlists the help of Hollywood, sending emissaries to producers in hopes that one will pay to film his battles. D. W. Griffith (Colm Feore) obliges, sending filmmaker Frank Thayer (Eion Bailey), who forms a close relationship with the enigmatic Villa and goes on to produce the first feature-length movie based on his exploits.

Saturday, January 31
Like Water for Chocolate (1993; Spanish with English subtitles)
Two young lovers, Tita (Lumi Cavazos) and Pedro (Marco Leonardi), are forbidden to marry by Tita’s aging mother, Elena (Regina Torné). As the younger of two sisters, Tita is bound by tradition to care for Elena in her final years, so Elena offers her older daughter to Pedro instead, an offer that he accepts only to be closer to Tita.

Autry National Center of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way Los Angeles, CA 90027

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