Julio Bracho and Mexican Cinema’s Golden Age

June 7–July 18, 2019

From raucous music-hall comedy to tough urban noir, this selection of digitally restored works showcases the range and artistry of a master craftsman of midcentury Mexican cinema.

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  • Twilight

  • Another Dawn

  • The Shadow of the Tyrant

  • Those Were the Days, Señor Don Simón!

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  • Those Were the Days, Señor Don Simón!

    Julio Bracho
    Mexico, 1941
    • Friday, June 7 7 PM

    A not very grief-stricken young widow flutters her hand fan between a dashing young soldier and an elderly politician in Bracho’s lively debut, a brash musical comedy romance set in Mexico’s belle époque.

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  • Story of a Great Love

    Julio Bracho
    Mexico, 1942
    • Friday, June 14 7 PM

    Bracho’s decades-spanning tale of two star-crossed lovers turns doomed romance into the highest of operatic entertainments, and showcases the charisma of legendary singer/actor Jorge Negrete, a.k.a. “El Charro Cantor.”

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  • Another Dawn

    Julio Bracho
    Mexico, 1943
    • Saturday, June 22 8 PM

    Labor activists, cabaret singers, and corrupt politicians stalk Mexico City in Bracho’s stylized, politicized film noir. With cinematography by Gabriel Figueroa and starring Pedro Armendáriz, it’s “an antifascist noir comparable to and in some ways superior to Casablanca” (J. Hoberman).

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  • Twilight

    Julio Bracho
    Mexico, 1945
    • Saturday, June 29 8:15 PM

    Arturo de Córdova and Gloria Marín star in this eroticized, nocturnal noir of shadows and desire, one of Mexican cinema’s great flores del mal. A progressive doctor fights an illicit, destructive passion for his best friend’s wife—and fails gloriously.

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  • Rosenda

    Julio Bracho
    Mexico, 1948
    • Saturday, July 13 8:15 PM

    Bracho fuses populist romance and melodrama with formal experimentation in this over-the-top tale of a peasant woman torn between her revolutionary fiancé and a kindly store owner. Rita Macedo and Fernando Soler star in a classic of Mexican cinema’s Golden Age.

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  • The Shadow of the Tyrant

    Julio Bracho
    Mexico, 1960

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

    • Thursday, July 18 7 PM

    Bracho’s 1960 passion project takes on the power struggles within Mexican politics after the Revolution, and was banned for over thirty years as a result. “Suffused with anguish and barely concealed outrage” (Village Voice).

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