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María Félix as Inspiration

One of the chapters in my book on María Félix considers the works about her or inspired by her. These are many and varied. Some were commissioned by Félix and some were inspired by her. Of the latter, not all … Continue reading

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María Félix – Makeup Tutorials

This is an aggregate post collecting transformations into María Félix using makeup and props. “Vintage Icons | Maria Felix Transformation Makeup Tutorial” Vintage fashion and makeup vlogger, Vicky Bermudez, has a seven minute tutorial with keen insights into Félix’s brow … Continue reading

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Traces of the Aftermath: Uses of the Perpetrator Archive in Mexican Film

How do we assess found footage that is employed as commentary when it is sometimes ambiguously that of the perpetrator? Continue reading

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Versions and Re-versioning

I have preparing some extra material for students as they study from home. In the past, I have started some classes with a song and link it to that day’s topic. In the absence of this I have compiled some … Continue reading

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Reviewing the Muse

Or, what happens when you read multiple biographies at once I often read multiple books at the same time. Whilst researching my forthcoming book on María Félix I have been reading two biographical studies concurrently. The first is a biography … Continue reading

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Versions of María Bonita

María Félix had a long term relationship with the bolero songwriter and musician Agustín Lara. They married in 1945 and went on their honeymoon to Acapulco. As legend has it, amongst the many songs he was inspired to write “María … Continue reading

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When you find that film…

Previously, I have written about the happenstance of research and, today, I had another. I am writing a monograph about María Félix and found an article in my big Félix file by the actor Diana Bracho. She is critical of … Continue reading

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How reviews have changed…

The New York Times review of Les Heros Sont Fatigues/Heroes and Sinners (Yves Ciampi, 1955) begins, “The French seem to be fascinated by those flea-bitten tropical ports, where the heat and humanity are oppressive and sex is rampant and raw” … Continue reading

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El monje blanco (1946)

El monje blanco is a film for the completist. Continue reading

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La corona negra (1951)

A mysterious woman is asleep in a bar. Continue reading

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