Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

EL MARIACHI

Year: 1992
Country: United States
Run Time: 80 minutes

EL MARIACHI

In a sleepy Mexican border town, a lone mariachi musician arrives on foot, dressed in black, carrying just his guitar case and looking for work. His arrival coincides with that of a hit man freshly sprung from jail, who also wears black and carries a guitar case, this one filled with a mini arsenal of weaponry. Upon being mistaken for the hit man, the mariachi finds himself ushered into a violent underworld, where the boundary between good and evil is not always clearly marked. His only protector is the lovely but mysterious bar owner who offers him a place to stay. This is the film you've been reading and hearing about, the low budget masterpiece from the prodigy Robert Rodriguez. During a break from classes at the University of Texas in the summer of 1991, Rodriguez produced, wrote, directed, shot and edited EL MARIACHI on the unbelievable budget of $7,000. He had intended the film to be the first of a trilogy for Mexican home

video, and a stepping stone to "real work" in Hollywood. But Rodriguez underestimated his talents. The inventive storytelling, the stylish pacing of tension and laughs, the upending of genre conventions all reveal a considerable filmmaking flair, and foretell a brilliant career.



In Spanish with English subtitiles.

Screenplay
Robert Rodriguez, Carlos Gallardo

Producer
Robert Rodriguez, Carlos Gallardo

Cinematography
Robert Rodriguez

Editing
Robert Rodriguez

Principal Cast
Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gomez, Reinol Martinez, Peter Marquardt

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