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Somos' 100 Best Mexican Films

Postby arsaib4 » Fri Nov 30, 2007 6:06 am

In 1994 Somos magazine brought together 25 film industry professionals, movie critics, and academics and selected the "100 Best Mexican films" to date.
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1. Vámonos con Pancho Villa / Let's Go with Pancho Villa (1935) - Fernando de Fuentes

Los olvidados (1950) - Luis Buñuel

El compadre Mendoza (1933) - Fernando de Fuentes & Juan Bustillo Oro

Aventurera (1949) - Alberto Gout

5. Una familia de tantas (1948) - Alejandro Galindo

Nazarín (1958) - Luis Buñuel

Él / This Strange Passion (1952) - Luis Buñuel

La mujer del puerto / The Woman of the Port (1933) - Arcady Boytler

El lugar sin límites / The Place Without Limits (1977) - Arturo Ripstein

10. Ahí está el detalle / You're Missing the Point (1940) - Juan Bustillo Oro
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11. Campeón sin corona (1945) - Alejandro Galindo

Enamorada (1946) - Emilio Fernández

Pueblerina (1948) - Emilio Fernández

Canoa (1975) - Felipe Cazals

15. Los hermanos del Hierro (1961) - Ismael Rodríguez

El ángel exterminador / The Exterminating Angel (1962) - Luis Buñuel

Cadena perpetua / Life Sentence (1978) - Arturo Ripstein

El rey del barrio / The King of the Neighborhood (1949) - Gilberto Martínez Solares

El esqueleto de la señora Morales / The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales (1959) - Rogelio A. González

20. Víctimas del pecado (1950) - Emilio Fernández
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21. Tiburoneros (1962) de Luis Alcoriza
Distinto amanecer (1943) de Julio Bracho
Ro Escondido (1947) de Emilio Fernndez
La oveja negra (1949) de Ismael Rodrguez
25. La otra (1946) de Roberto Gavaldn
Reed, Mxico insurgente (1970) de Paul Leduc
Nosotros los pobres (1947) de Ismael Rodrguez
Saln Mxico (1948) de Emilio Fernndez
Doa Perfecta (1950) de Alejandro Galindo
30. Flor silvestre (1943) de Emilio Fernndez

31. La pasin segn Berenice (1975) de Jaime Humberto Hermosillo
La sombra del caudillo (1960) de Julio Bracho
Calabacitas tiernas (Ay qu bonitas piernas!) (1948) de Gilberto Martnez Solares
Dos tipos de cuidado (1952) de Ismael Rodrguez
35. El vampiro (1957) de Fernando Mndez
La barraca (1944) de Roberto Gavaldn
Mara Candelaria (Xochimilco) (1943) de Emilio Fernndez
El suavecito (1950) de Fernando Mndez
La diosa arrodillada (1947) de Roberto Gavaldn
40. Los confines (1987) de Mitl Valdez

41. El gallo de oro (1964) de Roberto Gavaldn
El Topo (1969) de Alexandro Jodorowsky
Sensualidad (1950) de Alberto Gout
El grito (1968) de Leobardo Lpez Aretche
45. Danzn (1991) de Mara Novaro
Susana (Carne y demonio) (1950) de Luis Buuel
Ensayo de un crimen (1955) de Luis Buuel
Tlayucan (1961) de Luis Alcoriza
Ladrn de cadveres (1956) de Fernando Mndez
50. Frida, naturaleza viva (1983) de Paul Leduc

51. Los tres huastecos (1948) de Ismael Rodrguez
El bulto (1991) de Gabriel Retes
Mara de mi corazn (1979) de Jaime Humberto Hermosillo
La noche avanza (1951) de Roberto Gavaldn
55. A. T. M. A toda mquina! (1951) de Ismael Rodrguez
Como agua para chocolate (1992) de Alfonso Arau
Mxico de mis recuerdos (1943) de Juan Bustillo Oro
Los caifanes (1966) de Juan Ibez
Macario (1959) de Roberto Gavaldn
60. El apando (1975) de Felipe Cazals

61. Cabeza de Vaca (1990) de Nicols Echevarra
Juego de mentiras (1967) de Archibaldo Burns
Rosauro Castro (1950) de Roberto Gavaldn
Esquina bajan...! (1948) de Alejandro Galindo
65. Doa Herlinda y su hijo (1984) de Jaime Humberto Hermosillo
Torero (1956) de Carlos Velo
Santa (1931) de Antonio Moreno
Gngsters contra charros (1947) de Juan Orol
La mujer de Benjamn (1991) de Carlos Carrera
70. En la palma de tu mano (1950) de Roberto Gavaldn

71. Matine (1976) de Jaime Humberto Hermosillo
Amor a la vuelta de la esquina (1985) de Alberto Corts
Doa Diabla (1949) de Tito Davison
Mecnica nacional (1971) de Luis Alcoriza
75. Doa Brbara (1943) de Fernando de Fuentes
Los motivos de Luz (1985) de Felipe Cazals
Cronos (1992) de Guillermo del Toro
ngel de fuego (1991) de Dana Rotberg
Luponini (El terror de Chicago) (1935) de Jos Bohr
80. La perla (1945) de Emilio Fernndez

81. Nocaut (1983) de Jos Luis Garca Agraz
Santa (1943) de Norman Foster y Alfredo Gmez de la Vega
Los tres Garca (1946) de Ismael Rodrguez
guila o sol (1937) de Arcady Boytler
85. El baisano Jalil (1942) de Joaqun Pardav
Janitzio (1934) de Carlos Navarro
Slo con tu pareja (1991) de Alfonso Cuarn
Viento negro (1964) de Servando Gonzlez
All en el Rancho Grande (1936) de Fernando de Fuentes
90. Historia de un gran amor (1942) de Julio Bracho

91. Escuela de vagabundos (1954) de Rogelio A. Gonzlez
La malquerida (1949) de Emilio Fernndez
Las abandonadas (1944) de Emilio Fernndez
Dos monjes (1934) de Juan Bustillo Oro
95. La ilusin viaja en tranva (1953) de Luis Buuel
La Cucaracha (1958) de Ismael Rodrguez
Espaldas mojadas (1953) de Alejandro Galindo
El automvil gris (1919) de Enrique Rosas, Joaqun Coss y Juan Canals de Homs
Una carta de amor (1943) de Miguel Zacaras
100. Naufragio (1977) de Jaime Humberto Hermosillo
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Re: Somos' 100 Best Mexican Films

Postby wpqx » Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:58 am

Interesting although this points to the idea that Mexico only had about 10 feature filmmakers. Wish it were a little more up to date, but seeing how I could stand to know more about Mexican cinema I'll have to make some references to this.
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Re: Somos' 100 Best Mexican Films

Postby wpqx » Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:58 am

Interesting although this points to the idea that Mexico only had about 10 feature filmmakers. Wish it were a little more up to date, but seeing how I could stand to know more about Mexican cinema I'll have to make some references to this.
wpqx
 

Re: Somos' 100 Best Mexican Films

Postby A » Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:12 pm

This is very interesting (though difficult to read now...). I haven't heard of most of the films and directors. Do you have an idea where some of the films are available, arsaib? The Berlinale will screen some Mexican films from the 30s this year, along with the work of Bunuel. Hopefully I'll see some of those.
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Re: Somos' 100 Best Mexican Films

Postby A » Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:12 pm

This is very interesting (though difficult to read now...). I haven't heard of most of the films and directors. Do you have an idea where some of the films are available, arsaib? The Berlinale will screen some Mexican films from the 30s this year, along with the work of Bunuel. Hopefully I'll see some of those.
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Re: Somos' 100 Best Mexican Films

Postby arsaib4 » Sun Feb 03, 2008 2:19 am

If you like, I'll add the English/U.S. titles as we get things in order here. Do you know which Mexican films are being screened? The full-schedule must be out by now. A number of these films are available in Mexico and Spain. Anything specific in mind? But English subtitles aren't an option in most cases.
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Re: Somos' 100 Best Mexican Films

Postby arsaib4 » Sun Feb 03, 2008 2:19 am

If you like, I'll add the English/U.S. titles as we get things in order here. Do you know which Mexican films are being screened? The full-schedule must be out by now. A number of these films are available in Mexico and Spain. Anything specific in mind? But English subtitles aren't an option in most cases.
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Re: Somos' 100 Best Mexican Films

Postby A » Sun Feb 03, 2008 8:19 am

The English titles would be a welcome addition.

Apart from nearly all of Bunuel's Mexican films, and some recent movies, the old titles at the Berlinale will be one Mexican, and three Spanish contributions from the 30s on which Bunuel had some input. I thought they were all Mexican - my mistake:

Si usted no puede, yo sí (Julián Soler / 1951 / Mexico)
Don Quintín el amargao "Don Quintin the Bitter" (Luis Marquina / 1935 / Spain)
La hija de Juan Simón "Juan Simon's Daughter" (José Luis Sáenz de Heredia, Nemesio M. Sobrevila / 1935 / Spain)
Quién me quiere a mi "Who Loves Me?" ( José Luis Sáenz de Heredia / 1936 / Spain)

there will also be a Jean Grémillon film which Bunuel supposedly co-directed:
¡Centinela alerta! " Guard! Alert! " (1937 / Spain)

The complete Berlinale schedule is out by now, and you can also browse all titles by country.

Which of the 100 listed films would you recommend, or which ones are available with English subtitles? I haven't anything specific in mind, as I have to catch up with the whole of Mexican cinema, of which I couldn't have seen more than half a dozen films, until now.
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Re: Somos' 100 Best Mexican Films

Postby A » Sun Feb 03, 2008 8:19 am

The English titles would be a welcome addition.

Apart from nearly all of Bunuel's Mexican films, and some recent movies, the old titles at the Berlinale will be one Mexican, and three Spanish contributions from the 30s on which Bunuel had some input. I thought they were all Mexican - my mistake:

Si usted no puede, yo sí (Julián Soler / 1951 / Mexico)
Don Quintín el amargao "Don Quintin the Bitter" (Luis Marquina / 1935 / Spain)
La hija de Juan Simón "Juan Simon's Daughter" (José Luis Sáenz de Heredia, Nemesio M. Sobrevila / 1935 / Spain)
Quién me quiere a mi "Who Loves Me?" ( José Luis Sáenz de Heredia / 1936 / Spain)

there will also be a Jean Grémillon film which Bunuel supposedly co-directed:
¡Centinela alerta! " Guard! Alert! " (1937 / Spain)

The complete Berlinale schedule is out by now, and you can also browse all titles by country.

Which of the 100 listed films would you recommend, or which ones are available with English subtitles? I haven't anything specific in mind, as I have to catch up with the whole of Mexican cinema, of which I couldn't have seen more than half a dozen films, until now.
A
 

Re: Somos' 100 Best Mexican Films

Postby arsaib4 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:14 am



Okay, I've finally updated the top ten, so far, with English titles when appropriate. DVD info to come. Lamentably, there's a lot of misinformation available online so one has to be careful (for instance, the directorial credits for El compadre Mendoza). But I've let the release years, which just may be the completion years you prefer, stand as they are.

Here's my meager Mexican Cinema Classics thread, though one with reviews of two of the top four on the list. More reviews to come, especially of those films that belong to the "Golden Age."

I'm sure you, and most others, are well familiar with the three Buñuels, so let me make a special mention for Ripstein's masterpiece, El lugar sin límites / The Place Without Limits, a film maudit of sorts which rips into the culture of machismo often celebrated in Mexican cinema. Frankly, you can do worse than tracking down any Ripstein film you can. Unless there's a Mexican Naruse who's yet to be discovered, he just may be the best filmmaker the country has produced so far. And he's only 64. Some notes in the Ripstein thread.
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