Mexican Modernism: The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema
Saturday, September 30, 2017:
The matinee of this film is free with Museum admission!
In this surreal fantasy, impoverished laborer Macario (Ignacio López Tarso) goes hungry to help provide for his family, but he dreams about eating a whole turkey on his own. One day, his dream seems to be coming true: His wife steals a turkey and Macario is excited to eat it by himself. When a hungry God and Devil ask for a piece of meat, Macario refuses and shares his meal only with Death. But saving the starving Grim Reaper results in unexpected consequences.
This much-praised genre classic is an adaptation of Ben Traven’s short story, based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. With his penchant for tragic heroes, director Roberto Gavaldón invents a fantastic vision in order to place his protagonist in a perilous situation. The black-and-white photography of cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa constructs a surreal atmosphere, while at the same time reflecting the rural realism of Mexico. Macario earned the first Academy Award nomination for a Mexican film in the foreign-language category and became a celebrated classic of Mexican cinema.