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Hecho por México: The Films of Gabriel Figueroa

Thursday, July 31, 2008
6:30 p.m. Days of Autumn
Roberto Gavaldón (Mexico, 1962)

New Print

(Días de otoño). “Pina Pellicer, best known in the U.S. for her appearance opposite Brando in One-Eyed Jacks, gives an unforgettably touching performance in this subtly directed melodrama from Roberto Gavaldón. A naive country girl, Luisa (Pellicer) finds work in the big city and becomes romantically involved with an exploitative married man, blinded to the true nature of their relationship. When the truth dawns, she fashions an alternate reality, faking a marriage, widowhood, even the birth of a child in order to save face in the eyes of her fellow workers and the boss who has fallen in love with her. . . . (Figueroa contributes) the picture’s stunning visual quality (exquisitely lit interiors and fascinating location shooting on the streets and rooftops of Mexico City)—captured in this brand-new print. . . . Days of Autumn bears comparison with films being made north of the border in the same era by Hitchcock and Sirk” (Elliott Stein, Tribeca Film Festival).

• Written by Julio Alejandro, Emilio Carballido, based on a story by B. Traven. Photographed by Gabriel Figueroa. With Pina Pellicer, Ignacio Lopez Tarso, Evangelina Elizondo, Adriana Roel. (95 mins, In Spanish with English subtitles, B&W, 35mm, From Filmoteca de la UNAM)