El compadre Mendoza

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El compadre Mendoza

  1. Monday, October 28, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Image from the movie El Compadre
El compadre (Godfather) Mendoza narrates the travails of Rosalío Mendoza, an estate owner caught between warring forces during the Mexican Revolution around 1915. His survival depends on feigning allegiance to whichever force appears on his doorstep. Caught between Zapatistas and Carrancistas, each of which provides necessary support, Mendoza is left with impossible choices. The film's bitter finale can be seen as both a commentary on the opportunism of the New Order inaugurated by Carranza and de Fuentes’s interest in finding a Mexican aesthetic to replace the customary Hollywood ending. In Spanish language with English subtitles. (35mm presentation) Archival 35mm prints provided courtesy of La Filmoteca de la UNAM, Mexico.


The film will be introduced by John Mraz, Research Professor at the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico) and National Researcher III.

These events are sponsored by the Departments of Communication & Culture, History, Spanish and Portuguese, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Film and Media Studies, Horizons of Knowledge and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Professor Josh Malitsky.