Mexican culture through the camera

Films and Television are an amazing way to learn a language, explore a culture and country, hear native speech and enjoy your learning experience.

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Here are Raul Suarez Espinosa’s , Morley Spanish Tutor, Mexican movie recommendations:

  1. Coco (2017) | 1h 45min | Animation, Adventure, Family |

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

Directors: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina (co-director)
Writers: Lee Unkrich , Jason Katz
Stars: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt

2. Maclovia Feudalismo messicano (1948) 1h 45min | Drama, Romance

On a small Mexican island dwells a group of Indians who live in the traditional manner and who disdain outsiders. The beautiful Maclovia and the poverty-stricken Jose Maria are in love, but…

Director: Emilio Fernández
Writers: Emilio Fernández (screenplay), Luis Marquez (based on a story by)
Stars: María Félix, Pedro Armendáriz, Carlos López Moctezuma

3. Calacán (1987) 1h 20min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

Puppet/live actor movie; “Skeletown” is where Dia de los Muertos candies and baked goods come from… but USA industrialists are trying to suppress the local traditions, flooding the market with plastic novelties and mass-produced snack foods.

Director: Luis Kelly
Writer: Luis Kelly
Stars: Emilio Ebergenyi, Silvia Guevara, Carmen Luna

4. Día de muertos (1988) 1h 30min | Comedy, Drama

Several families and single people visit the cemetery on the day of the dead, adults take the opportunity to drink alcoholic beverages, couples argue and young people take the opportunity to flirt.

Director: Luis Alcoriza
Writers: Luis Alcoriza, Fernando Galiana
Stars: Pedro Weber ‘Chatanuga’, Manuel ‘Flaco’ Ibáñez, Adalberto Martínez

5. Spectre (2015) T | 2h 28min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

A cryptic message from James Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover the existence of a sinister organisation named SPECTRE. With a new threat dawning, Bond learns the terrible truth about the author of all his pain in his most recent missions.

Director: Sam Mendes
Writers: John Logan (screenplay by), Neal Purvis (screenplay by)
Stars: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux

6. Under the bones / Hasta los huesos (2002) 10min | Animation, Short | January 2002 (USA)

A dead man follows the path from his burial site to the underworld. Refuses his status until he embraces his own death.

Director: René Castillo
Writer: René Castillo
Stars: Bruno Bichir, Daniel Cubillo, Eugenia León

7. Under the Volcano 15 | 1h 52min | Drama

The last 24 hours in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a lonely, depressed English consul who retreats to alcohol for solace.

Director: John Huston
Writers: Malcolm Lowry (novel), Guy Gallo (screenplay)
Stars: Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Andrews