Chicano Love Is Forever

103 minutes 2013

San Antonio filmmaker Efrain Gutierrez set out to challenge Hollywood stereotypes of Latinos, and his 1977 drama, recently restored by UCLA, discards the Old West image of the cowering campesino to focus on a young married couple in Laredo whose relationship is fractured by money problems and broken by infidelity. No one could mistake this for a lost masterpiece—the dialogue is bland, the acting stiff, and the camera work clumsy—but its social significance is undeniable. Like the African-American work coming out of UCLA at the same time, the movie is steeped in lively music, the numerous bar scenes allowing Gutierrez to showcase nearly a half dozen Tex-Mex bands of the period. In English and occasional Spanish, the latter unsubtitled.

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