María Candelaria (1943)
Saturday, March 16, 8 p.m., Rich Theatre
Gabriel Figueroa captures the beauty of the Mexican landscape and the depth of human expression in a careful choreography of light and darkness to heighten every moment of this classic romantic tragedy from renowned director Emilio Fernández. Figueroa and Fernández collaborated on twenty-five projects over the course of Mexico's Golden Age of Cinema, many of which starred the enchanting Delores del Río. Like many of Del Río's other characters, María Candelaria was a symbol of the perceived innocence and purity of the indigenous Mexican people, which was celebrated time and time again through Fernández's stories and Figueroa's romanticizing soft focus. Figueroa's camera seems to insist on María's transcendence as she floats along a moonlit pond whose deep grays, blacks, and silvers are themselves an almost unimaginable photographic feat. Winner of Best Cinematography and the Grand Prize at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival, María Candelaria stands as one of the most beloved films in all of Mexican film history and is certainly one of the most aesthetically astounding.
Pricing: General admission, $7; Museum members, students with I.D., and seniors, $6; Patron-level members, FREE