The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema

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By David Johanssen

For this month of Mexican heritage, Shelter celebrates the “Época del Oro” or “Golden Age” of Mexican cinema, the period from 1936 to 1959 when Mexican cinema reached its artistic peak, starting with the classic Vámonos con Pancho Villa (1936), directed by Fernando de Fuentes. This was the first of the films of the “Golden Age” to be wholly Mexican instead of following the familiar Hollywood model. After this film, the quality and success of Mexican films continued as Mexico became the center of the motion picture industry for Latin America.

Vámonos con Pancho Villa (playing at Shelter on September 1, 5pm) is the story of the Mexican Revolution as told by six brave peasants who join Pancho Villa’s army. The New York Times asserts, “This is the movie where style is at its best as everything just fits nicely with a vision of the Revolution. Vámonos con Pancho Villa was de Fuentes’ true masterpiece about the Mexican Revolution.” Viva Mexico!

We continue our salute to Mexican cinema, Friday, September 8 at 5pm with Los Olvidados, the classic 1952 film that reinvigorated director Luis Buñuel’s career. According to The New Yorker Magazine, “It’s a masterpiece that tangles individual and social ills into a knot, which, as we’re warned in an opening voice-over, offers no easy way to untie.”

Saturday, September 9 at 6pm: Monterey Pop. On a beautiful June weekend in 1967 the first Monterrey International Pop Festival captured the spirit of the ‘60s, featuring career-making performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane and The Who. The Village Voice calls the film, “One jaw-dropping performance after another.” Put on your bell-bottoms and come relive the “Summer of Love” on our big screen, immersed in our surround-sound stereo for the best concert experience in San Miguel!

So, where the heck is Shelter Theater? Nearby! Our logo’s on the Que Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner, an easy 10-minute walk from the Jardin. See our calendar at for dates and online tickets. Shelter VG4’s theater and class/performance space are available for private events. Like us on Facebook, Trip Advisor, and look for us on Lokkal/ SM Events.


Vámonos con Pancho Villa

Fri, Sep 1, 5pm

Spanish with English subtitles

100 pesos


Concert on Screen

Bee Gees Farewell Concert in Las Vegas

Sat, Sep 2, 6pm

120 pesos


Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, Sep 5, 7:30pm

50 pesos (inc drink)


Classic Film

Los Olvidados

Fri, Sep 8, 5pm

Spanish with English subtitles

100 pesos


Concert on Screen

Monterey Pop (1967)

Sat, Sep 9, 6pm

120 pesos


All events are in Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4


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