Synopsis by Bhob Stewart
This documentary attempts to compress a full century of Latin America cinema into 90 minutes, with eleven segments and two roundtable sections, opening with a montage of Mexican silents (Ivan Trujillo's The Beginnings) and followed by the earliest Mexican sound films of the '30s (Maria Novaro's When We Started Talking) and the sociological and psychological aspects of early Mexican films (Marcela Fernandez Violante's Bodily Pleasures). Other segments look at the cinema of Venezuela (Edmundo Aray and David Rodriguez's When We Wanted to Become Adults), Cuba (Juan Carlos Tabio's Memories of an Island), Brazil (Orlando Senna's Cinema Novo), and Puerto Rico (Jocobo Morales) Playing Seriously), plus the folklore of Peru (Federico Garcia's Independence Day). Interviews include Robert Redford, the late Pilar Miro, and Costa Gavras. Shown at the 1998 Guadalajara Film Festival.