Harry Ransom Center and Cine Las Americas Present “Mexican Revolution Films of the 70s” Series in May

April 30, 2010

Event: The Harry Ransom Center and Cine Las Americas host the "Mexican Revolution Films of the 70s"

Film still from 'El Principio'
Film still from "El Principio."

When: 7 p.m. on May 6, 13, 20 and 27

Where: Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe streets

Background: The series is held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's exhibition "¡Viva! Mexico's Independence" and is part of the year-round celebrations of the bicentennial of Mexico's independence from Spain and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution.

All films are in Spanish with English subtitles. The Ransom Center's Charles Nelson Prothro Theater has free, but limited seating. Line forms upon arrival of the first person, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

"¡Viva! Mexico's Independence" showcases materials from the Ransom Center's collections, including the 1529 document appointing Hernán Cortés captain general of New Spain; unpublished letters exchanged between Ferdinand Maximilian, emperor of Mexico, and his wife Carlotta; documentary photographs of the Mexican Revolution and period broadsides illustrated by José Guadalupe Posada. The exhibition runs through Aug. 1.

The following films will be screened in the series:

May 6: "El principio" ("The Beginning," 1972), directed by Gonzalo Martínez Ortega.

May 13: "Cananea" (1976), directed by Marcela Fernández Violante.

May 20: "La casta divina" ("The Divine Caste," 1976), directed by Julián Pastor.

May 27: "Cuartelazo" ("Mutiny," 1976), directed by Alberto Isaac.

High-resolution press images are available.

For more information, contact: Alicia Dietrich, Harry Huntt Ransom Humanities Research Center, 512 232 3667;  Jennifer Tisdale, Harry Huntt Ransom Humanities Research Center, 512-471-8949.