SANTO CONTRA EL CEREBRO DEL MAL (SANTO VS. THE EVIL BRAIN)
July 14 only
Celebrating the centennial of the birth of El Santo, the most iconic of all Mexican luchadores, RoxCine presents the brand new digital restoration of “Santo Contra el Cerebro del Mal” (“Santo vs. the Evil Brain”). This is a benefit screening for the Mexican Archive Permanencia Voluntaria.
Filmmaker/archivist, and granddaughter of the film’s producer Jorge Garcia Besné, Viviana Garcia Besné IN PERSON for post-screening Q&A to discuss her journey to restore the film, moderated by Peter Conheim/Cinema Preservation Alliance.
Filmed in Cuba in 1958, “Santo Contra Cerebro del Mal” is the first film starring El Santo (Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta), the most famous and iconic of all Mexican luchadores. In this film, El Santo is an undercover agent kidnapped by a power-crazed scientist and brainwashed with a secret serum and electronic rays. With the help of his fellow masked luchador, El Incógnito, El Enmascarado must escape the clutches of the mad scientist and foil his plot to take over the world. “Cerebro del Mal” sparked a long series of films – 52 in all – in which El Santo fights supernatural creatures, evil scientists, and various criminals and secret agents.
Directed by Joselito Rodríguez. Starring Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta. Produced by Jorgé Garcia Besné, Jesús Alvariño, Carlos Garduño, Enrique J. Zambrano. México/Cuba, 1958, 70 min. DCP. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Restored by Nicolas Winding Refn and Academy Film Archive through Cinema Preservation Alliance and Permanencia Voluntaria.
Make it a double feature and see PERDIDA (LOST) at 4:30pm too! General Admission tickets for either are $12. Tickets for both for $15 available only at box office (Limited amount available)
In the history of Mexican cinema, the Calderón family is known for building grand movie palaces and producing outrageous genre films disdained by critics yet loved by the masses. Filmmaker Viviana García Besné investigates their legacy from the inside as the grandniece of mogul José Luis Calderón. Her journey uncovers a hidden history full of curvy actresses, masked wrestlers, human robots and Aztec mummies – all driven by the most shameless commercial impulses. Filmmaker and archivist Viviana García Besné IN PERSON for Q&A following the screening. Learn more.
NOTE FILMS START RIGHT AT THE LISTED SHOWTIME. Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime.
FREE OR DISCOUNTED FOR MEMBERS
Make it a double feature and see PERDIDA (LOST) at 4:30pm too! General Admission tickets for either are $12. Buy tickets for both for $15 here. (Limited amount available)
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