Tepeyac | Chicago Reader

Tepeyac

Said to have been directed on a lark by three bored bohemeians (Jose Manuel Ramos, Carlos E. Gonzalez, and Fernando Sayago), this rare 1917 Mexican silent film isn't exactly original in the plot department. A woman worried about her traveling husband reads the story of a peasant's vision of the Virgin Mary in 1531, a key national legend that's promptly dramatized with a distressingly hokey Virgin. She instructs the peasant to have a church built on the site, but the bishop believes his story only after an image of Mary is found inscribed on his cloak. The cinematography is often luscious, the compositions and backlighting making the images more emotional. A translation of the Spanish intertitles will be read aloud. 60 min.

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