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November 4 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM$10
UCLA Film & Television Archive presents “Recuerdos de un cine en español: Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles”
ROMANCE TROPICAL (Puerto Rico, 1934)
Directed by Juan E. Viguié
Restored by The Packard Humanities Institute
The first Puerto Rican sound feature ever made, this film was considered lost for over 80 years, before a print was located in the PHI/Krypton Collection at UCLA. The story concerns a young man who discovers a pre-modern tribe on an island and a fortune in pearls, subsequently falling in love with a beautiful native woman, while his upper-class sweetheart waits in the city. Many famous Puerto Ricans worked on the film, including screenwriter Luis Palés Matos, a national poet and one of the founders of Afro-Antillano poetry, and composer Rafael Muñoz, the Island’s most famous big band leader. Puerto Rican film pioneer and Hollywood veteran Juan E. Viguié produced the film with a $10,000 loan, after seeing Santa (1932) in a San Juan cinema. Like She-Devil Island (1936), the film presents a parable of colonialist exploitation of third world peoples, ironically wrapped in an exotic adventure narrative.
Production: Latin Artists Pictures Corp. Director: Juan E. Viguié. Producer: Frank Z. Clemente. Screenwriter: Luis Pales Matos. Cinematographer: Juan E. Viguié. Cast: Ernestina Canino, Raquel Canino, Sexta Chevrement, Candido de Lorenze.
35mm, b/w, 80 min. In Spanish with English subtitles.
FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.