Made in New Mexico Summer Watch-Along
Since we can’t be together this summer, join us each week as we watch streaming films made in New Mexico. View on your own at home and then if you like, drop a comment or question on the La Sala de Galisteo website discussion board.
June 7-13 - The Leopard Man (1943) RKO producer Val Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur are known for now-classic low budget horror films. This one is more of a psychological thriller, film noir/horror hybrid and takes place in Santa Fe. Because of the era, expect ethnic stereotyping, but that shouldn’t keep you from watching what now appears on a variety of 100 Best Horror Film lists. https://www.amazon.com/Leopard-Man-Jean-Brooks/dp/B00M0100YS/
June 14-20 - Ace in the Hole (1951) We screened this at La Sala in the summer of 2017, but even if you’ve seen it, this one is worth watching again. Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot) directs Kirk Douglas as cynical reporter Chuck Tatum, whose car breaks down in Albuquerque. Tatum manipulates the story of a cave collapse near Gallup, and the resulting media circus becomes a commentary on the gullibility of the American public. Selected for preservation by the National Film Registry. https://www.amazon.com/Ace-Hole-Kirk-Douglas/dp/B00170F0MK/
June 21-27 - The Atomic City (1952) In the midst of the Cold War, the son of a Los Alamos scientist is kidnapped by Communist agents in exchange for H-bomb secrets. This is definitely McCarthy era B-movie material with B-movie aesthetics, but believe it or not, the screenplay was Oscar nominated. https://www.amazon.com/ATOMIC-CITY-Gene-Barry/dp/B0092R5XW2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alv3K1IITAs
June 28-July 4 - Salt of the Earth (1954) Mexican American Zinc miners near Silver City go on strike. Written, directed, and produced by filmmakers who were blacklisted in Hollywood, the film itself was blacklisted and lead actress Rosaura Revueltas deported to Mexico during shooting. It shows the influence of Italian Neo-Realism and is recognized as an early feminist work. Selected for preservation by the National Film Registry. https://www.amazon.com/Salt-Earth-Rosaura-Revueltas/dp/B010PRZKTI/ (Free with Amazon Prime or a free trial of Epix under “More Purchase Options”) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE1oKQCwwo4(free)
July 5-11 - Thomasine & Bushrod (1974) Blaxploitation comes to New Mexico directed by Gordon Parks Jr. (Superfly). From 1911 to 1915, Thomasine (Vonetta McGee) and Bushrod (Max Julien) travel the Southwest taking from white rich men and giving to the poor, Robin Hood style. The action begins in Texas, but was all shot around Santa Fe. https://www.amazon.com/Thomasine-Bushrod-Max-Julien/dp/B002QV2DRY/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73k-CTpF0rg
July 12-18 - The Milagro Beanfield War (1988) Robert Redford directs this story about water rights in northern New Mexico. Filmed in Truchas, it was nominated for both the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Musical Score and utilizes a magical realism style. Rubén Blades, Richard Bradford, and Sônia Braga star with appearances by Melanie Griffith, John Heard, and Christopher Walken. https://www.amazon.com/Milagro-Beanfield-War-Christopher-Walken/dp/B000I9VONU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQpgpgxucCw
July 19-25 - Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World (2003) Filmmaker Mary Lance shot these documentary interviews with Agnes Martin in Taos from 1998 through 2002. Martin lived in Galisteo from 1977 to 1993 and built the home and studio seen on the left when you enter the village from the north. She was a pioneer of abstract painting, considered one of the most influential painters of her generation. Martin died in Taos in 2004 at age 92. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/withmybacktotheworld
July 26-August 1 - The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound (2013) This documentary tells the story of the young women who worked across the Southwest from 1883 to 1968, taking advantage of the opportunity to leave home and make a decent wage. New Mexico Harvey Houses were located in Albuquerque, Belen, Carlsbad, Clovis, Deming, Gallup, Lamy, Las Vegas, Raton, Rincon, Santa Fe (La Fonda), San Marcial, and Vaughn. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/23102
August 2-8 - Twin Peaks “The Return” part 8 (2017) Whether you’ve seen both iterations of Twin Peaks and think David Lynch is a creative genius, or are a newbie, episode 8 in 2017 works as a stand alone explaining the origins of evil in the world on that fateful day of the Trinity atomic bomb test in 1945. The New Mexico segments were filmed around White Sands. “The Return” won nine Emmy nominations. This link takes you to the entire season, but we are only interested in episode 8 this week. https://www.amazon.com/Twin-Peaks-Return-Part-1/dp/B0716RHFWM/
Film synopses by Angie Beauchamp, La Sala treasurer and film historian, who curated this list with an eye for different eras, locations in the state, and films you might not have seen in the theater. For those neighbors who prefer DVD, Angie is willing to make loans of these films weekly.