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Encyclopedia > Alfonso Arau

Alfonso Arau (born January 11, 1932) is a Mexican director of such films as Zapata: The Dream of a Hero, Like Water for Chocolate (Mexico, 1992) (adapted from the novel written by his wife, Laura Esquivel), and A Walk in the Clouds, which starred Keanu Reeves and Anthony Quinn. January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... Zapata: The Dream of a Hero, also titled simply Zapata, is a Mexican motion picture first released in 2004. ... Like Water for Chocolate is a popular novel, published in 1989 by first-time Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel. ... Laura Esquivel is a Mexican author. ... A Walk in the Clouds is a 1996 romance film directed by Alfonso Arau and produced by the Zucker brothers. ... Keanu Charles Reeves (first name pronounced Key-Ah-New, born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a Canadian actor. ... Anthony Quinn Anthony Quinn (April 21, 1915 – June 3, 2001) was a two-time Academy Award-winning Mexican-American actor, as well as a painter and writer. ...


He is also an actor. Among others, he had the antagonic role of "El Guapo" in ¡Three Amigos! (USA, 1986), a comedy with Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Chevy Chase. He also played Captain Herrera in Sam Peckinpah's 1969 western, The Wild Bunch. ¡Three Amigos! is a 1986 comedy western film, produced by George Folsey, Jr. ... Martin Hayter Short, CM (born March 26, 1950 in Hamilton, Ontario) is a Canadian/American actor, writer, and producer. ... Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor, musician and composer. ... Chevy Chase is the stage name of Cornelius Crane Chase (born October 8, 1943 in New York City), an American comedian, writer, and television and film actor. ... David Samuel Sam Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 – December 28, 1984) was an American film director. ... The Wild Bunch is a 1969 western film in which an aging group of outlaws hope to have one more score while the West is turning into a modern society. ...


In 1973 he acted and directed Calzónzin Inspector, a movie based on a Mexican comic called Los Supermachos, of great Mexican cartoonist Rius, although Rius disapproved the movie. The movie is about two indigenous Mexicans who are confused for government inspectors from the capital by the corrupt mayor of a small town, and is a humorous political critique, aimed squarely at then ruling party PRI and its caciques, in a time when freedom of speech in regard to political matters was highly restricted. There are at least two versions of the movie, the shorter one having some scenes deleted, the most notable one shows the killing of a renegade farmer by a police officer shooting at his back. Eduardo del Río (born June 20, 1934) is a famous Mexican political cartoonist known by his pen name Rius he was born in Zamora, Michoacán. ... The Institutional Revolutionary Party (Spanish: Partido Revolucionario Institucional or PRI) held power in Mexico for more than 70 years. ... Cacique may be in reference to: Cacique is one the finest brands of rum produced in Venezuela. ...


A notable movie was El rincón de las vírgenes (Mexico, 1972), "The Virgins' Corner" where he plays the helper to a fake mystical doctor travelling town to town, remembering their travels when a group of women intend to propose the doctor for sainthood. The movie is set in the 1920's in rural Mexico.


In December 2004 the Santa Fe Film Festival bestowed its Luminaria Award for lifetime achievement in cinema to Alfonso Arau as a cornerstone to its five-day festival. Jon Bowman, executive director of the Santa Fe Film Festival said, "Arau is truly a renaissance artist, with a deep and innate understanding of all phases of the cinematic medium."


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