The film will show the cultural and artistic context in which El Corcito developed

The film will show the cultural and artistic context in which El Corcito developed
The film will show the cultural and artistic context in which El Corcito developed

Four key films of Mexican cinema, such as Vámonos con Pancho Villa by Fernando de Fuentes and Ensayo de un crimen by Luis Buñuel, will help us understand the social, historical, artistic and cultural context in which the Mexican painter, muralist and set designer Antonio Ruiz El Corcito (Texcoco, 1892 – Mexico City, 1964) developed.

The above, as part of a film cycle put together within the framework of the exhibition El Corcito, montages and scenes from modern Mexico that recently opened at the Amparo Museum, curated by Dafne Cruz Porchini and Luis Vargas Santiago.

Called El Corcito y sus contemporáneas (The Little Corrito and His Contemporaries), the Amparo Museum’s film series will be held on Saturdays in July to contextualize the public in the work of the man who was the designer of film sets such as those for the film Vámonos con Pancho Villa, as well as a close collaborator of the writer Rodolfo Usigli, author of the novel Ensayo de un crimen (Rehearsal of a Crime), adapted for the big screen by Luis Buñuel.

El Corcito was also a close friend of the painter Frida Kahlo, whom he hired as a teacher at the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving “La Esmeralda” of which he was the founding director. In addition, like the muralist José Clemente Orozco, he designed stage sets for the ballet company of the dancer Nellie Campobello.

The El Corcito y sus contemporáneas cycle will begin this Saturday, July 6, with the film En busca de un pared (1973) by Julio Bracho, which recreates a stage in the life of the muralist José Clemente Orozco, precisely when he was trying to make his way in New York, around the year 1926.

It will continue on Saturday, July 13 with the classic Vámonos con Pancho Villa (1936), by Fernando de Fuentes and the set design: Antonio Ruiz El Corcito, about the experiences of a group of brave peasants, known as the Lions of San Pablo, who join Pancho Villa’s army.

On July 20, it will be the turn of Frida, naturaleza viva (1983) directed by Paul Leduc, a film that won eight Ariel awards that tells how, on her deathbed, the painter Frida Kahlo remembers her life, parading through her mind and on the screen the most significant characters and situations of her existence.

The program will close with Ensayo de un crimen (1955), by Luis Buñuel, about the story of Archibaldo de la Cruz, who believes himself to be the real culprit of a series of crimes committed against several women close to him.

The film series will take place from Saturday 6 to Saturday 27 July at 5 pm in the Amparo Museum auditorium, with free admission but limited capacity.

He highlights that the exhibition El Corcito, montages and scenes from modern Mexico provides the keys, through architecture, cinema, theatre and dance, that help to understand the importance and artistic legacy of Antonio Ruiz.

Thus, rather than a chronological overview, the aim is to problematize, through six thematic nuclei – Theaters and Stage Designs, Feminine Universes, Costumes, Characters of Modern Mexico, Mural Production and The Cinematographic Gaze – the general production of the artist who died on October 9, 1964.

The exhibition, a national production carried out with the fiscal stimulus of Efiartes, with the support of the Delti publishing house and Pinturas Osel, will remain until November 4 in the rooms on the ground floor of the Amparo Museum -2 Sur 708, Historic Center of Puebla-, while a book of the same name edited by the museum itself and the Institute of Aesthetic Research of the UNAM will be presented.

 
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