Film Forum | 209 West Houston
Other national cinemas like Italy and Japan had a Big Three, but they were always directors. Mexico alone had a Big Four: stars Pedro Armendáriz and Dolores del Río, director Emilio Fernández, and... Director of Photography GABRIEL FIGUEROA (1907-1997) by Eisenstein’s ¡Que Viva México!, and taught by Citizen Kane’s Gregg Toland, Figueroa worked with every luminary at home — including directors Fernández, Roberto Gavaldón, and Luis Buñuel and legendary diva María Félix — and internationally with John Huston, John Ford, Don Siegel, and Clint Eastwood — and was often accounted Mexico’s fourth great muralist along with Rivera, Siqueiros, and Orozco; and nominated for Mexico’s Oscar, the Ariel Award, every year from 1946 to 1954, 11 nominations overall, winning 7 times (once against himself). No cameraman has ever dominated a national cinema as he did or created so majestic and instantly recognizable an image of it.
Presented in conjunction with “Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa — Art and Film,” an exhibition at El Museo Del Barrio (Fifth avenue at 104th street), on view through June 27.
Presented in association with Fundación Televisa, El Museo del Barrio, Cinema Tropical, and The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, with the support of Filmoteca de la Unam, the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation, and the Consulate General of Mexico in New York.