WATCHED: 11 films - including 1 short.
Castle Of Purity, The Curse Of The Crying Woman, National Mechanics, Far From Heaven, Danzón, The Place Without Limits, Paloma, Chico & Rita, ¿Adónde Van Nuestros Hijos?, The Mushroom Man, Always Further On
TOTAL FILMS 2012: 299 films (81.91% of total)
- National Mechanics
- Castle Of Purity
- Far From Heaven
- The Place Without Limits
- ¿Adónde Van Nuestros Hijos?
1. MECANICA NACIONAL (NATIONAL MECHANICS)
Incredible. This tale sets out to portray a modern Mexico, and with it all its archetypes. From the beginning the film is energetic and lively and from then on, continues to explore what it means to be Mexican through food, religion, sex, values all the while remaining an extremely funny film. On the surface, it’s the type of film that exploits comedy, but it manages to dig deep and offer great commentary.
I think this is somewhat Buñuelian… I suppose Alcoriza and Buñuel talked about something similar when they worked on Illusion Travels by Streetcar
2. EL CASTILLO DE LA PUREZA (CASTLE OF PURITY)
The performances by Brook, Macedo and Bracho are great. It is incredibly scary film, considering it’s based on a true story. Ripstein is a great director who presents the lives of these people with great visuals. Their world is gray and rainy, and the few instances where the sun shines is when the father is out and about eating tacos and visiting prostitutes, while his family is forced to an ascetic life .
3. FAR FROM HEAVEN
The melodrama is here, present, but it’s very true. The production design is incredible. I loved the performances; they are real but capture the aesthetics of an homage. The music is very good and similar to the genre. Of everything, the editing is probably the weakest. It’s the one element I feel did not manage to capture the style of the 50s melodrama.
4. EL LUGAR SIN LIMITES (THE PLACE WITHOUT LIMITS)
Another reviewer mentioned something interesting about the setting: the small, isolated town can be a metaphor for the closed-minded Mexican population, and I agree. In some sense, it’s not perfect since Manuela is so one-sided that it’s hard to take her seriously, but I don’t think it was Ripstein’s intention to have it be a caricature. Otherwise, this is a great and highly accomplished film. I liked it.
5. ¿ADÓNDE VAN NUESTROS HIJOS?
It’s a family melodrama, that is somewhat realistic in portraying changing customs and traditions in the 60s, time of great change in the world and in Mexican culture. As the years pass, a woman is forced to recognize her situation: her marriage is not as passionate, her husband travels often, and her children all grown up need her less and less. I liked this quite a lot. I liked the style quite a lot, and the performances, especially Del Rio’s.
Films watched were in the following LANGUAGES:
Watched 2 films by Arturo Ripstein:
- Castle of Purity
- The Place without Limits
- Diana Bracho in Castle of Purity
- Rita Macedo inCastle of Purity
- Dolores del Rio in ¿Adónde Van Nuestros Hijos?