Theme Month! September 2017: Latin American Silent Films

I’m pretty excited about this month’s theme; it has been in the planing stage since late last year but I think all the work will prove to be worth it. We’re going to take a whirlwind tour of Latin America and discuss the silent films that were made in that part of the world.

Generally speaking, English language information on Latin American silent films is pretty scarce and the films are not covered extensively even by hardcore movie buffs. This is uncharted territory for me and many of my readers and I am looking forward to the journey.

In the past, I have written about Latin American silent stars (Ramon Novarro, Lupe Velez, Dolores del Rio) and have reviewed Sergei Eisenstein’s Que Viva Mexico (my header image is from that film) but the pictures I will be reviewing this month will be filmmakers from Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia and Mexico telling their own stories.

I would also like to say that more than any other event, this month was the result of help from my readers and Twitter followers. Thank you to everyone who helped me track down films, shared their collections and research materials, and who volunteered to help me with intertitles in Spanish and Portuguese. I am extremely grateful for your kind assistance and this month would not have been possible without you.


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  1. Marie Roget

    It’s a shame to have to admit that other than El Tren Fantasma I have seen zero Latin American silents. Hoping September will point me in the right directions to remedy that. Can’t wait!

  2. Matt

    Always excited for my cinematic horizons to expand and grow! Thank you so much for introducing me to classics that I had previously never even heard of!

    1. Fritzi Kramer

      Glad you’ll be joining me! Yes, I am constantly humbled by the sheer number of silent films I have never seen or even heard of but my eventual goal is to give every country that made them a moment in the sun.

  3. Javier

    The only Spanish silent film I have ever seen is El Automobil Gris (México) from 1919, about a gang of thieves and murderers. Fast paced film and shocking in some scenes (considering the era when it was made). If it were available in a decent DVD release I would not hesitate to buy it. Also, ¡Que viva México! is worth to have in any collection, glad you gave it some space here. I look forward to your contribution on this subject.

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