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Arturo Ripstein y Rosen (born December 13, 1943) is a Mexican film director.

Arturo Ripstein
Arturo Ripstein
Arturo Ripstein y Rosen

OccupationFilm director, producer and screenwriter
Years active1965 - present


Life and careerEdit

Ripstein got his break into movies working as an uncredited assistant director for Luis Buñuel. In 1965, he directed his first feature, Tiempo de morir. Written by Carlos Fuentes and Gabriel García Márquez, it began a tradition of making independent films written by high-profile Latin-American authors. His 1981 film Seduction was entered into the 12th Moscow International Film Festival.[1] His 1989 film Love Lies was entered into the 16th Moscow International Film Festival.[2]

In 1997, Ripstein won the National Prize of Arts and Sciences, the second filmmaker after Buñuel to do so.

Some of Ripstein's films, especially the earlier ones, "highlighted characters beset by futile compulsions to escape [their] destinies".[3] Many of his films are shot in tawdry interiors, with bleak brown color schemes, and seedy pathetic characters who manage to achieve a hint of pathos and dignity. Así es la vida, according to Jonathan Crow, "boldly reworks the ancient Greek drama Medea, employing a dizzying array of flashbacks and Brechtian devices".[4] Deep Crimson, according to the New York Times,[5] is "a ferociously anti-romantic portrait of an obese nurse and a seedy small-time gigolo whose bungling scheme to swindle a succession of lonely women out of their life savings turns into a killing spree."

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "12th Moscow International Film Festival (1981)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
  2. ^ "16th Moscow International Film Festival (1989)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2013-03-02.
  3. ^ Standish, Peter; Bell, Steven M. (2004-01-01). Culture and Customs of Mexico. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313304125.
  4. ^ "Movie Reviews". Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  5. ^ "Movie Review - - FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW; Wedding in a Cemetery, Ideal for Jealous Killings -". Retrieved 2016-05-09.

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