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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  • The Shadow of the Tyrant

    Julio Bracho
    Mexico, 1960

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

    • Thursday, July 18 7 PM
    Introduction by Diana Bracho

    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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Past Films

  • Rosenda

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

    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.

  • Twilight

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

    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.

  • Another Dawn

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

    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).

  • Story of a Great Love

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

    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.”

  • Those Were the Days, Señor Don Simón!

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

    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.