Screening of 'Pedro Paramo'(1966), a film directed by Carlos Velo, and 'la Soldadera' (1966) directed by José Bolaños.
PEDRO PARAMO: Adapted from the influential novel by Juan Rulfo, Pedro Páramo tells the haunted personal journey of an estranged son confronting the brutality of his father, the film's title character, a notorious scoundrel and ruthless landowner who epitomizes the insatiable greed of the ruling classes of the Diaz regime. The ghosts of myth and history abound and even the Revolution appears corruptible and powerless amid director Velo's ambiguous narrative structure.
Based on the novel by Juan Rulfo.
LA SOLDADERA: The Spanish term "soldaderas" refers to the women who followed men into combat during the Revolution, many of them wives of soldiers on the front lines. Sergei Eisenstein had planned to include a section devoted to the "soldaderas" in his ill-fated production, Que Viva Mexico, but the scenario was never shot. Under the Russian's seminal influence, director José Bolaños crafts a fitting portrait of the women of the Revolution through the story of Lázara (played by frequent Buñuel collaborator Silvia Pinal) who faces the trials and tribulations of war with stoic grace.
TICKET INFO: Advance tickets are available for $10 at www.cinema.ucla.edu. Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office starting one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; $8, students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.
Cost: Free and open to the public
b/w, in Spanish with English Subtitles. PARKING: At the Billy Wilder Theater: after 6 p.m., $3 in the lot under the Billy Wilder Theater. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire. Before 6 p.m., $3 for the first three hours with Museum validation.
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