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Encyclopedia > Cinema of Mexico

The history of Mexican cinema goes back to the beginning of the 20th century, when several enthusiasts of the new medium documented historical events – most particularly the Mexican Revolution – and produced some movies that have been only recently been rediscovered. (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... The Mexican Revolution was a violent social and cultural movement, colored by socialist, nationalist, and anarchist tendencies that began with the popular rejection of dictator Porfirio Díaz Mori in 1910 and continued through the promulgation of a new constitution seven years later. ...


During the 1920s very few movies were produced, specially given the political climate that was still very unsettled. Sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or primarily in North America as the Roaring Twenties. // Events and trends Technology John T. Thompson invents Thompson submachine gun, also known as Tommy gun John Logie Baird invents the first working television system (1925) Charles Lindbergh becomes the first person to fly...


In the 1930s, once peace and a degree of political stability were achieved, cinematography took off in Mexico and several movies still experimenting with the nascent medium were done. It is important to notice how early Mexican cinematographers wers influenced and encouraged by Sergei Eisenstein's visit to the country. // Events and trends The 1930s were spent struggling for a solution to the global depression. ... Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein (Russian: Сергей Михайлович Эйзенштейн, Latvian: Sergejs Eizenšteins) (January 23, 1898–February 11, 1948) was a Soviet theatrical scenic designer turned filmmaker noted for his films Battleship Potemkin and Oktober, both based loosely on a true story and presented in a realistic fashion, causing an immeasurable influence on early documentary...


During the 1940s the full potential of the industry developed. Actors, actresses, and directors became popular icons and even figures with political influence on diverse spheres of Mexican life. The industry received a boost as a consequence of Hollywood redirecting its efforts towards propagandistic films, which left an open field for other industries. Mexico dominated the film market in Latin America for most of the 1940s without competition from the United States film industry. // Events and trends The 1940s were dominated by World War II, the most destructive armed conflict in history. ... ... // Events and trends The 1940s were dominated by World War II, the most destructive armed conflict in history. ...


The golden era of Mexican cinema took place during the 1940s. Actors like Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete, Cantinflas, Joaquín Pardave, María Félix, and Dolores del Río gained recognition. Gabriel Figueroa became an internationally-acclaimed cinematographer and Emilio Fernández and Luis Buñuel directed some of Mexico's most important movies. Pedro Infante Pedro Infante (December 17, 1917 – died April 15, 1957) was a popular Mexican actor and singer in the 1940s and 1950s. ... Jorge Negrete (1911-1953) was a Mexican singer and movie star. ... Mario Moreno Reyes (August 12, 1911 - April 20, 1993), better known as Cantinflas, was a Mexican actor, circus performer and comedian. ... Maria Felix María de los Ángeles Félix Güereña, better known to the world as María Félix, (May 4, 1914 – April 8, 2002) was a Mexican actress. ... Dolores Del Rio Dolores del Río (August 3, 1905 – April 11, 1983) was a Mexican film actress. ... Portrait of Luis Buñuel Luis Buñuel Portoles (February 22, 1900 – July 29, 1983) was a Spanish-born Mexican filmmaker. ...


The themes during those years although mostly conventional comedies or dramas touched all aspects of Mexican society, from the 19th century dictator Porfirio Díaz and his court, to love stories always tainted by drama. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Term of office: 29 November 1876 to 30 November 1880 (first term) – 1 December 1884 to 25 May 1911 (second term) Preceded by: Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada (1876), Manuel González (1884) Succeeded by: Manuel González (1880), Francisco León de la Barra interim (1911) Date of birth...


During the 1960s and 1970s many cult horror and action movies were produced with professional wrestler El Santo and Hugo Stiglitz being the biggest stars. During 1990s the era of the Nuevo Cine Mexicano took place with high quality films by Arturo Ripstein, Alfonso Arau, Alfonso Cuarón and María Novaro. The most famous movies produced these years were Como Agua Para Chocolate ("Like Water for Chocolate") and "Sexo, Pudor y Lágrimas". Most recently, several mexican movies starring Gael García Bernal have enjoyed great popularity, including: Amores Perros, Y tu mamá también, and El Crimen del Padre Amaro. Rodolfo Guzman Huerta (September 23, 1917 - February 5, 1984), more widely known as Santo, El Enmascarado de Plata, or Samson, the silver-masked man in English translations, was a Mexican wrestler, actor, and folk hero. ... Hugo Stiglitz (August 28, 1940, Mexico City) is a Mexican actor. ... Arturo Ripstein (1943 -) is a Mexican film director. ... Alfonso Arau (born January 11, Mexican director of such films as Zapata: The Dream of a Hero, Like Water for Chocolate (Mexico, 1992) and A Walk in the Clouds, which starred Keanu Reeves and Anthony Quinn. ... Alfonso Cuarón Alfonso Cuarón Orozco (born November 28, 1961 in Mexico City, Mexico) is a Mexican film director. ... Like Water for Chocolate is a popular novel, published in 1992 by Mexican author Laura Esquivel. ... Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (Sex, Shame, and Tears) is a Mexican film, the second of the so-called New Era of the Mexican Cinema (the first one was Like Water for Chocolate). ... Gael García Bernal Gael García Bernal (born November 30, 1978) is a Mexican actor. ... Poster for Amores perros Amores perros (retitled Loves A Bitch in some English-speaking markets) is a 2000 Mexican film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Gael García Bernal. ... Y tu mamá también (literally And your mother, too, but released in English-speaking markets under the original Spanish title) is a 2001 Mexican film directed by Alfonso Cuarón that tells a coming-of-age story about the road trip of two teenage boys with a woman in... El Crimen del Padre Amaro (The Crime of Father Amaro) 2002, directed by Carlos Carrera. ...

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Actors

Dolores Del Rio Dolores del Río (August 3, 1905 – April 11, 1983) was a Mexican film actress. ... Jorge Negrete (1911-1953) was a Mexican singer and movie star. ... Maria Felix María de los Ángeles Félix Güereña, better known to the world as María Félix, (May 4, 1914 – April 8, 2002) was a Mexican actress. ... Pedro Infante Pedro Infante (December 17, 1917 – died April 15, 1957) was a popular Mexican actor and singer in the 1940s and 1950s. ...

Directors

Alfonso Cuar n Orozco (born November 28, 1961 in Mexico City, Mexico) is a Mexican film director. ... José Ignacio Gabriel Jorge Retes Balzaretti (born March 25, 1947) is a Mexican film director. ... Guillermo del Toro Guillermo del Toro (born 9 October 1964 in Guadalajara, Jalisco) is a Mexican film director. ... Alejandro Jodorowsky © Beauregard - Maelström Edtions Alexandro Jodorowsky (born February 7, 1929, in Tocopilla, Chile to Ashkenazi Jewish parents) is an actor, director, producer, composer, mime, comic book writer and psychotherapist. ...

Photographers

Gonzalo Gaviria ( 1925 — January 9, 2005) was a Mexican movie sound technician. ...

See also

  • Mexican films

  Results from FactBites:
 
Mexico - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (5224 words)
Mexico is bordered by the United States to the north, and Belize and Guatemala to the southeast.
Mexico is predominantly Roman Catholic (about 89% of the population), with 6% adhering to various Protestant faiths (mostly Pentecostal), and the remaining 5% of the population adhering to other religions or professing no religion.
Spanish is the official language of Mexico and is spoken by the majority of the population.
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