Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Little documentary about Arturo Ripstein

I thought I'd post yet another YouTube video in relation to the Mexican film director Arturo Ripstein. It's a great little documentary made in homage to him and his partner, the screenwriter Paz Alicia Garciadiego, for a conference in their honour that the two attended at the Universidad de CI in Mexico in May, 2003. Sadly (for non-hispanohablantes, at least), it's only in Spanish with no subtitles, but it's a very compact retelling of Ripstein's career, from his entry into the Mexican film industry working alongside his father, the producer Alfredo Ripstein, through his early apprenticeship working alongside Luis Buñuel on El ángel exterminador/Exterminating Angel (1962) and other films,up to his most recent work. There are some nice clips from his films which show how varied they have been.

For those interested, there's some useful and interesting information (in English and Spanish) about Ripstein's biography and filmography to be found at his own website: http://www.arturoripstein.com/ and even more to be found at the New York Times site: http://movies.nytimes.com/person/108338/Arturo-Ripstein.

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