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Screening of Seminal Films Celebrates México’s Golden Age of Cinema

By John Wharton

For this month of Mexican heritage, Shelter celebrates the Época del Oro or the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, the period from 1936 to 1959.

This was 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 this Golden Age to be wholly Mexican instead of following the familiar Hollywood model. It spurred greater and greater quality and success in Mexican film until México became the center of the motion picture industry in Latin America.

Vámonos con Pancho Villa is the story of the Mexican Revolution as told by six brave peasants who join Pancho Villa’s army. The New York Times says, “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 México!

Please note that advance tickets for this showing are not available.

Continuing our Mexican Heritage film series, we present 1934’s El Compadre Mendoza by Fernando de Fuentes. The Pacific Film Archive said of El Compadre Mendoza, “The Revolution energized all of the Mexican arts… this film is a complex analysis of the corrupted ideals of the Mexican Revolution.”

Written by famed author Maximiliano Maza, this film tells the story of Rosalio Mendoza (Del Diestro), who during the Revolution survives by giving and getti


ng favors from both factions—the governmental forces and Zapata’s army. His hacienda welcomes everybody, and Mendoza is considered a good friend of his guests. Eventually, the situation becomes unsustainable, and he has to take a side. Betrayal and deception overcome him, and Mendoza’s dark side surfaces. Advance tickets for this film are not available.

Visit for map, events, and online tickets. Send ticketing questions and comments to You do not need to print your online tickets, just tell us your name when you arrive at the event. Advance tickets are not available for films. Find our logo on the Que Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner.


Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, Aug 13, 7pm

80 pesos (includes drink)



Vámonos con Pancho Villa

Fri, Aug 16, 5pm

100 pesos



El Compadre Mendoza

Fri, Aug 23, 5pm

100 pesos


All events are in Shelter Theater

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