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The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema | Macario (1960)


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Join us at Main Plaza to kick off the summer season with some outdoor movies!

The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema spanned three decades and produced comedies, romances, and dramas. We will finish off this series with “Macario” (1960) on May 29th. See a summary below:

“Macario” is a 1960 Mexican film directed by Roberto Gavaldón and based on the novel by B. Traven. Set in colonial Mexico, the film follows the life of Macario (played by Ignacio López Tarso), a poor indigenous woodcutter who dreams of having enough food to satisfy his constant hunger.

Macario’s life takes a dramatic turn when he encounters three mysterious figures representing Death (played by José Gálvez), the Devil (played by Enrique Lucero), and God (played by Pina Pellicer). They offer him a gift: a magical turkey that will grant him three wishes. In exchange, Macario must promise to give the bones of the turkey to Death.

With his newfound ability to fulfill his desires, Macario embarks on a journey filled with moral dilemmas and consequences. He uses his wishes to satisfy his hunger and improve his social status but soon realizes that wealth and power do not bring him true happiness. As he grapples with the consequences of his choices, Macario learns profound lessons about greed, compassion, and the nature of human existence.

“Macario” is a thought-provoking film that delves into themes of poverty, spirituality, and the human condition. It explores the complex relationship between life and death and the choices individuals make in their pursuit of happiness. With its striking visual style and powerful performances, the film earned critical acclaim both in Mexico and internationally.

“Macario” is regarded as one of the greatest Mexican films ever made, and it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Its timeless story and universal themes continue to resonate with audiences, making it a significant contribution to Mexican cinema.

We welcome you to bring the whole family with chairs and snacks!


May 29, 2023
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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115 N Main Ave,
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