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Classic Films of Mexican Cinema Celebrated with South Texas Archives Poster Exhibits

KINGSVILLE - September 23, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

Decades of classic Mexican cinema will be celebrated throughout the month of October, with three different exhibitions devoted to one rich poster collection.

Among the treasures held by the South Texas Archives is the Agrasánchez Collection of Mexican Movie Posters. This pristine group of posters going back to the 1930s encapsulates the best of Mexican cinema, from teary romances, to Cantinflas comedies, to the still-popular Lucha Libre wrestling films.

This collection will be on display in October, in three different exhibits at three different locations. All three exhibits are free and open to the public.

October 2 through October 31, the Jernigan Library will exhibit “Nochas Libres,” a display of posters featuring the Luchadores, or masked wrestlers, that still serve as superheroes to millions. On the opening day of the exhibit, October 2, the film Las Momias de Guanajuato, starring El Santo, Blue Demon and Mil Máscaras, will be shown continuously from 10 a.m. to
10 p.m. in the lobby of the library.

The exhibit “Comdia Esta Noche” will be hosted by the Kenedy Ranch Museum of South Texas, located at 200 East La Parra Avenue in Sarita, October 5 through October 31. This exhibit features posters of the great Mexican film comedies. A reception for this exhibit will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 5, in the museum’s Carriage House. Rogelio Agrasanchez, director and curator of the Agrasánchez Film Archive in Harlingen, will speak on the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema and the Cantinflas movie Aguila o Sol will be shown immediately following. 

The John E. Conner Museum, located on the A&M-Kingsville campus at 905 W. Santa Gertrudis Avenue, will host the exhibit “¡Vive Cine Mexicano!” from October 5 through October 31, featuring classic Mexican films of the 1940s and 1950s. A reception for the exhibit will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, October 9, in which the film Mexico de mis Amores will be shown continuously.

These exhibits are part of the “Re-Discover the Archives!” campaign, a series of free fall events highlighting some of the many sides of the South Texas Archives, which recently relocated to the third floor of the Jernigan Library.

For more information, call 361-593-2019, or go online at http://archives.tamuk.edu/.

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