Film Festival “Época de Oro”
September 18, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
351 W University Ave.
The Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, the Centro Cultural Mexicano Paso del Norte and the University of Texas at El Paso invite the border community to the Film Festival “Época de Oro”, a time when Mexican cinema acquired its own identity and had a great artistic and commercial impact on the world.
Filmed in 1952, it had among its merits the gathering of great luminaries of the Aztec cinema: Roberto Gavaldón in the direction; Gabriel Figueroa in photography and Arturo de Córdova, Pedro Armendáriz, Domingo Soler, Stella Inda and Carlos López Moctezuma, in the leading performances. This talented combination generated a film that recounts harshly the conditions of extreme poverty of the Mexican peasantry and that called into question the virtue of social assistance that a person can have.
Dr. Alberto Robles (Arturo de Córdova) walks through the streets of sad, meditative Mexico City. He feels a failure because he failed to realize any of the dreams he had when he studied medicine and then went to work at his birth town, Santa Cruz.
Its history begins precisely in that town victim of droughts and calamities, where poverty went hand in hand with ignorance and neglect. Alberto Robles was not one more there, he was the authority in medicine. An entrepreneurial type, somewhat vehemently, that’s why he won enemies. That was perhaps his great flaw: wanting to achieve results immediately; He lacked patience, but yes, he was very considerate of people. For him, the first thing was life and respect for human dignity.