La muerte de un burócrata / Death of a Bureaucrat (Cuba, 1966), directed by Tomás Gutiérez Alea
Program notes by María Elena de las Carreras, Ph.D.
“Had Kafka been a Cuban, instead of being a writer of the absurd, he world have been a writer of customs and manners” – Virgilio PiñeraRead more
El rey del barrio (1950), with Germán Valdés – Tin Tan
El rey del barrio, one of the most successful comedies of Mexico’s Golden Age, stars Germán Valdés, or rather “Tin Tan”, the name of his famous and still very modern screen character.
Metro Art Moves is a free series of regularly scheduled and special tours of artwork in the Metro Rail system. Regular tours are led by trained Metro Art Docent Council volunteers and provide insights into the artworks, artists and art-making processes. Special tours heighten the passenger experience in novel and engaging ways through the perspective, experience and knowledge of artists and cultural experts. Tours are free. Reservations are not required.
Remaining Union Station tours for 2016 (in Spanish and English):Read more
Dos tipos de cuidado (1953), directed by Ismael Rodríguez, with Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete
El gran calavera (The Great Madcap, 1949), directed by Luis Buñuel
By María Elena de las Carreras, PhD
Among the thirty-two films directed by the Spanish-born iconoclast Luis Buñuel between 1929 and 1977, in France, Mexico and Spain, El gran calavera is perhaps the most undiluted comedy of his career. The filmmaker called películas alimenticias (bread-and-butter films) those projects he directed from the late forties throughout the fifties, as an exile after the Spanish Civil War, first in the U.S. and then in Mexico, in need to feed his family. The adjective in Spanish is used both ironically and seriously, because these pictures allowed for his filmmaking career to resume after a long hiatus, started by two still shocking Surrealist films in France, Un chien andalou (1929) and L’age d’or (1930) and the no less disturbing documentary Las Hurdes - Land without Bread (1933). The huge commercial success of El gran calavera made possible Los olvidados (1950), an unsentimental and brutal chronicle about children in the slums of Mexico City. (Amores perros (2000) is, in part, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s conversation with Buñuel fifty years later about those in the fringes of society).Read more