The plot here is too convoluted for words, but it starts when Cantinflas tries to score a free meal from his girlfriend, a maid to the patron. This film made Mario Moreno “Cantinflas” one of the most bankable stars of Mexico’s Golden Age cinema and a national icon.
35mm, b/w, 112 min. Director: Juan Bustillo Oro. Cast: Mario Moreno “Cantinflas,” Joaquín Pardavé, Sara García, Sofía Alvarez.
Calabacitas tiernas (Mexico, 1949)
The comic persona of Tin-Tan was intimately linked to Los Angeles through his trademark pachuco character, a cultural figure forged between two nations with his zoot suit, streetwise sensibility, bilingual wordplay, and embrace of swing. Here, he puts on an international music show to alleviate his financial troubles.
35mm, b/w, 101 min. Cast: Germán Valdés “Tin-Tan,” Rosita Quintana, Amalia Aguilar.
Recuerdos de un cine en español: Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles, 1930-1960 screens Sept. 23 - Dec. 10 at the Downtown Independent and UCLA’s Billy Wilder Theater. Enjoy access to all films in this series with a pass!
This retrospective is presented by UCLA Film & Television Archive, as part of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. Major support for this program is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.
This Double Feature screens on October 14th and starts at 7:30 PM
Tickets available here and at the door!