Lights, camera… oh, Guanajuato! | DNA Culture


In 1970, the movie theaters in Mexico had the world premiere of “mummies of Guanajuato”, this was in part what triggered the tourism in the city -then promote its history and heritage mining of course, the idea of seeing bodies in a state of mummification attracted the curious, even, and why not say also to the morbid.

Beyond the tourist movement in Guanajuato, many saw in the dell, the dream of finding the set ideal for filming your tapes. The first of which is said that is no record, -but that is not we know, is the tragic flood of 1905, an event of which they learned many, not only in the country but also beyond its borders.

On a visit to this land of the famous british director Peter Greenaway, was interested deeply in to create your next cinematic work inspired by one of the filmmakers who revolutionized this art in the early TWENTIETH century, Sergey Eisentein, because apparently he had visited the city during the time in which he recorded ¡Qué Viva Mexico! Thus was born “a co-production Mexico – netherlands will be presented in 2015 at a festival in Germany and subsequently in Guanajuato, Mexico.

In 2009, we conducted another film that shocked the masses for the issues addressed: death, drugs, relationships with the name: “The Student”. The story of an old man who decides to return to the classroom, but what construction could accommodate semejaste history?, we chose the scenic University of Guanajuato, construction of the decade of the fifties, who was the image of the extinct one thousand peso notes.

Some will also remember “once Upon a time in Mexico”, a film of american origin that was recorded in 2002, and was attended by actors recognized as Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Marco Leonardi and Johnny Depp. Now the Museum Palace of the Powers he served as one of the sites of battle and in the main street, where stands the imposing basilica, the secondary players were celebrating the ” Day of the Dead with masks.

Writers have also dedicated their letter to the city, such is the case of Jorge Ibargüengoitia, who wrote “These ruins that you see”, where for the first time appointment to the place of frogs as Cuévano. The feature film of the same name featured the star’s actor Fernando Luján (1939-2019), a teacher who returns to his hometown to teach literature classes, and meet Glory, a young woman who apparently has a heart disease, the topic: is the double moral?

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Scene from the movie: These ruins that you see.

For seniors in a living memorial of his youth in the late seventies and early eighties, where there was already a street Belaunzarán, because previous to its creation was the main channel of old river, which still exists just beneath the cement and the tiles, following the pavement to make it in the street.

Also with Lujan, but in 1967, they filmed A boyfriend for two sisters”, a musical comedy which brings together the duet integrated by the twin Spanish Pili and Mili, which at that time were quite famous. They were filmed singing and dancing in the esplanade of the Alhóndiga de Granaditas; the estudiantina led to the blonde for his underground street to the plaza Allende, where it rests a sculpture of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

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Terror, was filmed in “La llorona”, where he appeared on the big screen the Plazuela de San Fernando, a regular host of the Entremeses of Cervantes and the foyer of the Teatro Juarez, a splendid building art that served as a dance hall.

The actress Dolores del Rio also was one of the pioneers in the cinema filmed in Guanajuato, descended heatedly for a few elegant stairs to meet his love in the face of the actor Pedro Armendáriz.

The winner as best director at the Cannes film Festival and Venice, Amat Escalante used to Guanajuato as a setting, the majority of their films, their stories-in their majority – they talk about violence, even in The “wild region” it is directed a little toward the fantasy.

Directors of international stature such as Luis Buñuel begins his film, “Him”, with an impressive scene panoramic view of Guanajuato taken from the Monument to Pípila. Arturo Ripstein was awarded the Recipient of the Cervantine in 2016, filmed in 1974 “The holy office”, based on the script made by José Emilio Pacheco, about a jewish family that suffers the persecution of the church.

The stunning blonde French Brigitte Bardot also acted to “Viva Maria!” in 1965. Other productions came as “Juan without fear” with Jorge Negrete, one of their locations was in Valencia, where he is currently one of the headquarters of the University.

Through the film, we see thousands of faces, wonderful places… Guanajuato, each one looks different, it sometimes has that romanticism, a feature appreciated by outsiders; for others, the perfect setting for the stories macabre, where the dead come back to life; for every situation, certain that there will be a place that attracts the gaze of the lovers of the cinema, which as they say on the festival: More films please.

By Fabiola Manzano.

Cover photo: Salzgeber.
Interior photos: Fabiola Manzano.