SANTO CONTRA CEREBRO DEL MAL / SANTO VS. THE EVIL BRAIN
* NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION *
* FREE *
Thursday, March 22, 6:30pm (doors open at 5:45pm for pre-show celebration)
IN PERSON: FILMMAKER/ARCHIVIST VIVIANA GARCIA BESNÉ
Filmed in Cuba in 1961, Santo contre cerebro del mal is the first lucha libre film starring El Santo (Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta), the most iconic of all Mexican luchadores. In this film, the silver-masked hero foils the plot of a mad scientist to create a zombie army by zapping his innocent victims with electric shocks. 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. Cut to 2017: the rapidly deteriorating original camera negatives are saved by archivist and filmmaker (and the producer’s granddaughter) Viviana Garcia Besné. Her mission: to rescue, preserve and reinterpret this and other Mexican films that have been despised by critics but loved by audiences. With assistance from the UCLA Film and Television Archive and Cinema Preservation Alliance, the result is a stunning new digital restoration of this cult favorite.
Join us at 5:45pm for a pre-show celebration with DJ Dirtyverbs and Adam Cooper-Terán of Verbo•bala, presenting a special set of music and video, mixed live, celebrating mid-century Mexican culture!
This event is free and we recommend that you reserve your seats in advance.
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