Thursday, June 5, 2008
Epoca de oro
Over the next few weekends the National Gallery of Art will present a film program featuring cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa, the "Master of Light and Shade" of Mexico's Golden Age of cinema (the 1940s and 50s). Included are "La Perla"(an adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel "The Pearl"), "Enamorada," starring the luminous Maria Felix, and "Nazarin," directed by Spanish surrealist Luis Bunuel. Figueroa's use of use of chiaroscuro, gauzy filters, and dramatic landscapes broke ground artistically and was for him an expression of Mexican national identity in the same tradition as the muralists who inspired much of his work.
The program runs June 7, 14, 15, and 28. Check the website for times. Films at the National Gallery are FREE.