This Saturday, June 19 at 7:00 pm at the Cinema at Casa Haas, the Cycle concludes: From Noir to Neo, with the screening of the film “El Mariachi” (1992) by Mexican-American director Robert Rodríguez who is not only a director, producer and screenwriter, but also took care of photography, editing, special effects and practically all the technical sections of this milestone of low-budget independent cinema from the 90’s which triumphed at festivals such as Deauville or Sundance, where Columbia finally bought the film and released it with great success in the United States.
The narrated story is almost the least of it: A mariachi (Carlos Gallardo) arrives in a small town on the Mexican border. The mariachi is mistaken for a dangerous murderer who has come to town to finish off an influential drug lord who controls the region. The mobster’s men will try to hunt down the mariachi. Rodríguez creates a modern hero, a born loser, as he reveals in his voice-over narration, despite the illusion of him as a mariachi and the love he begins to feel for Dominó (Consuelo Gómez), the owner of a bar. Nothing goes the way he would like.
A delight that transcends all its flaws to make us have a good time based on chases and shootings with exaggerated violence, and therefore not too annoying. A few strokes of humor lower the tension and lessen the tremendous sense of fast pace that runs throughout the film.
The film is screened in its original Spanish language, with English subtitles.