Mexican Golden Age Cinema

To celebrate the National Day of Mexican Cinema on 15 Aug, we’ve teamed up with the Mexican Embassy in UK and the Cineteca Nacional in Mexico City to bring you a spectacular season of Mexican Golden Age Cinema.

Enjoy these exquisite examples of Mexican classics, film noir and screen goddesses in newly restored and digitalised prints that promise an extremely high-quality big screen experience, plus a One Hour Intro to the season.

The season opens with an all-time classic La Perla (Emilio Fernández, 1945) and then delves into the stellar career of Roberto Gavaldón, a filmmaker who challenged the prevailing Mexican machismo through male-centred melodrama and female stars often cast against type.

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In this festival

The Pearl recorded introduction

The screening of The Pearl on Sun 14 Aug will be preceded by a recorded introduction from Professor Dolores Tierney.

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The Other One recorded introduction

The screening of The Other One on Thu 18 Aug will be preceded by a recorded introduction from Professor Dolores Tierney.

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Previously in this Festival

The Night Falls

Marcos Arizmendi, a womaniser and boastful jai-alai player, falls victim to blackmail and agrees to lose a game, thus becoming a target of the gambling…

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One Hour Intro/ Mexican Golden Age Cinema

This introduction will give an insight into the Mexican Golden Age, an enormously creative and commercially successful period between the 1930s and 1950s.

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The Other One

Gavaldón directed del Río for the first time in this criminal drama, released at the height of film noir, in which she plays a dual…

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The Pearl

When Quino finds a large pearl at the bottom of the sea, the poor fisherman sees a chance for a better life for his family,…

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In the Palm of Your Hand

Ambition, criminal passions and the inevitability of destiny-the driving forces of this brilliantly stylish film in which a low-level hustler becomes tragically entangled in the…

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The Kneeling Goddess

The destructive passionate love of millionaire Antonio Ituarte for a haughty model is the backbone of this film in which director Gavaldón rethinks the conventions…

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A humble woodcutter becomes the custodian of a miracle cure capable of restoring health to the dying, after sharing a piece of roasted turkey with…

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