Time To Die
Tiempo de morir
1965, Arturo Ripstein, Mexico, 89 min. With Jorge Martínez de Hoyos, Marga López
- Fri, Nov 9th 7:45pm
- Tue, Nov 13th 6:00pm
"A beguiling picture…simply told and elegantly shot." - Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times
The first film by Mexican auteur Ripstein (THE CASTLE OF PURITY, DEEP CRIMSON), this revisionist western boasts other impressive credentials: the original screenplay is by Nobel-winning author Gabriel García Márquez; the dialogue was adapted by celebrated Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes; and the stark black-and-white cinematography is by distinguished veteran Alex Phillips (DOÑA BÁRBARA, ROBINSON CRUSOE). After 18 years in prison, Juan Sáyago returns to his hometown to settle down, but the hotheaded son of the man Juan killed in self-defense is determined to provoke him into a gunfight. The film is remarkable for its critique of macho and its subversion of genre conventions (the pudgy hero wears spectacles and likes to knit), while the strong sense of fatalism anticipates such later Márquez works as "Chronicle of a Death Foretold." In Spanish with English subtitles. 2K DCP digital restoration from Film Movement. (MR)
Tuesday lecture by Jon Cates, Associate Professor of Film, Video, New Video and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.