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Arturo Ripstein

“North american cinema is the only true weapon of mass destruction. It has achieved to convince the audience not only that it's the best possible cinema, but that it is the only.”

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    THE REALM OF FORTUNE

    ARTURO RIPSTEIN Mexico, 1986

    Cloaked in the magical-realist atmosphere of its original source material—Mexican novelist Juan Rulfo’s much-adapted cockfighting novel—Arturo Ripstein’s is a baroque and brutish retelling. This decadent fable captures the vertigo-inducing highs and dizzying lows of fortune with tragicomic timing.

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    LIFE SENTENCE

    ARTURO RIPSTEIN Mexico, 1979

    A tense and high-wire portrait of Mexico in the ’70s, Life Sentence has Arturo Ripstein expertly manipulating the flashback structure to take us restlessly between a troubled past and an atoning present. Pedro Armendáriz Jr. offers an intense performance as a man dogged by his criminal history.

    THE BLACK WIDOW

    ARTURO RIPSTEIN Mexico, 1977

    Bishops forced Arturo Ripstein’s controversial ‘70s drama to stay out of Mexican cinemas for years—thanks in part to the film’s sleazy yet sublime portrayal of the erotic life of a priest and his mistress. The Black Widow stars Mexican icon Isela Vega as the film’s irresistible femme fatale.

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