Pedro Páramo (1967 film)

Pedro Páramo is a 1967 Mexican drama film directed by Carlos Velo. It was entered into the 1967 Cannes Film Festival.[1] It is based on the short novel of the same name.

Pedro Páramo
Directed byCarlos Velo
Produced byFederico Amérigo
Manuel Barbachano Ponce
Felipe Subervielle
Written byManuel Barbachano Ponce
Carlos Fuentes
Juan Rulfo
Carlos Velo
StarringJohn Gavin
Music byJoaquín Gutiérrez Heras
CinematographyGabriel Figueroa
Edited byGloria Schoemann
Distributed byCimex
Release date
  • 17 January 1967 (1967-01-17)
Running time
110 minutes



John Gavin was best known for appearing in films produced by Ross Hunter. He had a Mexican mother and said he made this film "so I could make something I was proud of".[2] He was first asked to make the film by Fuentes in 1962. Gavin:

In Mexico, Pedro Páramo is as important as Don Quixote is in Spain. This may sound grandiose but it can be compared with Dante's Divine Inferno or Goethe's Faust. It is the journey of a young man in search of his father but, as an allegory, it is man in search of himself... It's the biggest Mexican film ever made.[2]


The film was released in the US in 1967.[3]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Pedro Páramo". Retrieved 10 March 2009.
  2. ^ a b Thomas, Kevin. (2 June 1966). "Gavin Gets Down to Business". Los Angeles Times. p. d12.
  3. ^ PEPE ARCIGA. (24 August 1967). "'Paramo' Echoes Bergman". Los Angeles Times. p. d11.

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