<i>Principio y fin (The Beginning and the End)</i>. 1993. Mexico. Directed by Arturo Ripstein
  • The Beginning and the End

    1993. Mexico. Arturo Ripstein. 165 min.

Friday, May 18, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • The Beginning and the End

    1993. Mexico. Directed by Arturo Ripstein. Screenplay by Paz Alicia Garciadiego, based on the novel by Naguib Mahfouz. With Ernesto Laguardia, Julietta Egurrola, Bruno Bichir. Ripstein’s remake of the 1960 Egyptian classic seamlessly substitutes Mexico City for Cairo. After the death of their patriarch, the Botero family is confronted by the impossibility of maintaining bourgeois respectability under severely reduced financial circumstances. They have come down in the world, literally, moving from an airy upper-floor apartment to a sunless basement. Using elegant camerawork, the film dramatizes the precarious nature of class by highlighting physical collisions of upstairs and downstairs, light and dark, culminating in a relentlessly tense climax. Courtesy Alameda Films. In Spanish; English subtitles. 165 min.

In the Film exhibition Mahfouz at the Movies

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