Rosauro Castro. 1950. Mexico. Directed by Roberto Gavaldón. Courtesy Filmoteca de la UNAM

Rosauro Castro. 1950. Mexico. Directed by Roberto Gavaldón. Screenplay by Gavaldón, Roberto O’Quiqley, José Revueltas. With Pedro Armendáriz, Carlos López Moctezuma, María Douglas. In Spanish; English subtitles. 83 min.

The great popular hero of Mexican cinema, Pedro Armendáriz, here plays a morally ambiguous cacique—a rural political boss who is both of the people and their ruthless exploiter. When he is implicated in the death of a political reformer, his reign over his nameless village is threatened, a social development that Gavaldón seems to both welcome and regret.

    1. Saturday, May 4,
      7:30 p.m.

      The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
    2. Wednesday, April 24,
      7:30 p.m.

      The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1