A Portrait of Diego: The Revolutionary Gaze
Un retrato de Diego: La revolución de la mirada Director: Diego López Rivera, Gabriel Figueroa Flores


The great muralist Diego Rivera's huge frescoes exemplify his vision of the landmark moments in the history of Mexico. The same can be said of the work of two of his countrymen, renowned cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa and celebrated photographer Manuel Alvarez Bravo. So when Figueroa proposed that all three collaborate on a documentary commemorating the 50th anniversary of Rivera's work, it seemed a project that could exemplify perfectly the remarkable flourishing of film, painting, and photography in Mexico at that time. Figueroa would produce the film, Alvarez Bravo would take on the unaccustomed role of cinematographer, and Rivera would allow himself for the first time to be photographed while at work.

But Rivera died in 1957 before the film could be completed and the footage remained forgotten until recently, when Figueroa's son and Rivera's grandson embarked on a new collaboration to bring this long-dormant project to fruition. In the beautiful film that results, some of the 50-year-old footage plays, as one commentator notes, like Rivera paintings in motion. Young girls drift across the screen, arms overflowing with calla lilies. A succession of formally composed shots depict Rivera as a mysterious, other-worldly figure. Clips from Figueroa's memorable black-and-white films bring back some of classical Mexican cinema's most remarkable images.


Festivals and awards: Morelia, Tribeca
Links: Homepage, Trailer

Programme: Special programme of culture and music documentaries "Diverse World"

Country: Mexico
Year: 2007
Length: 80
Language: Spanish
Screenplay: Diego López Rivera, Margarita Mansilla
Director: Diego López Rivera, Gabriel Figueroa Flores
Cinematography: Manuel Álvarez Bravo
Editor: Ramón Cervantes

Cast: Dolores del Rio, Gabriel Figueroa, Carlos Monsivais, Diego Rivera, Guadalupe Rivera Marin



Producer: Productora Rio Escondido


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Gabriel Figueroa Flores

Gabriel Figueroa Flores is the son of the influential cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. His first fulllength documentary A PORTRAIT OF DIEGO: THE REVOLUTIONARY GAZE was directed with Diego López Rivera.

Diego López Rivera:
Niebla (1979), Historias violentas (1985, co-dir), Crónica de familia (Family Portrait, 1986), Goitia, un dios para si mismo (1988), Un retrato de Diego (A Portrait of Diego: The Revolutionary Gaze, 2007, doc, co-dir)
Gabriel Figueroa Flores:
Un retrato de Diego (A Portrait of Diego: The Revolutionary Gaze, 2007, doc, co-dir)

Diego López Rivera

Gabriel Figueroa Flores is the son of the influential cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. His first fulllength documentary A PORTRAIT OF DIEGO: THE REVOLUTIONARY GAZE was directed with Diego López Rivera.

Diego López Rivera:
Niebla (1979), Historias violentas (1985, co-dir), Crónica de familia (Family Portrait, 1986), Goitia, un dios para si mismo (1988), Un retrato de Diego (A Portrait of Diego: The Revolutionary Gaze, 2007, doc, co-dir)
Gabriel Figueroa Flores:
Un retrato de Diego (A Portrait of Diego: The Revolutionary Gaze, 2007, doc, co-dir)


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