The Frostburg State University Programming Council will present a Cinco de Mayo Triple Feature on Saturday, May 5, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Lane University Center Atkinson Room 201. This event is free and open to the public.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this cult classic trilogy “El Mariachi,” “Desperado,” and “Once Upon a Time in Mexico.” Touted as the cheapest film ever released by a studio, El Mariachi (1993) was a galvanizing send-up of Mexican action films, American Westerns and tough anti-hero movies informed by such auteurs as Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah. It told the fast-moving story of a mariachi musician who arrives in a Mexican border town at the same time as a hitman. Violent complications ensue after they accidentally switch guitar cases.
On the strength (and economy) of this first feature, acclaimed director Robert Rodriguez launched his career. “Desperado” proved to be a superior action entry with style to spare. Intensely charismatic leads, delightful cameos and a killer score by Los Lobos aided immensely, but the bulk of the credit had to go to the gifted producer-writer-director-editor.
Rodriguez next returned to his roots with the El Mariachi sequel “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” (2003). The film was another rousing and popular venture, with Rodriguez demonstrating a remarkably fresh, fluid and riveting directorial style while also paying homage to his influences like director Sergio Leone.
For more information, contact the FSU Lane University Center Information Desk at (301) 687-4411.
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