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Arturo Ripstein

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Arturo Ripstein
Arturo Ripstein
Arturo Ripstein y Rosen

(1943-12-13) December 13, 1943 (age 79)
Occupation(s)Film director, producer and screenwriter
Years active1965 - present
SpousePaz Alicia Garciadiego
RelativesAlfredo Ripstein (father)

Arturo Ripstein y Rosen (born December 13, 1943) is a Mexican film director and screenwriter. Considered the "Godfather of independent Mexican cinema", Ripstein's work is generally characterized by "somber, slow-paced, macabre melodramas tackling existential loneliness", often with a grotesque-like edge.[1]

He is a nine-time Ariel Award winner, including five for Best Picture and two for Best Director. Three of his films have been nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1997, he received the prestigious National Prize for Arts and Sciences for his contributions to Mexican cinema. He was the second filmmaker (after Luis Buñuel) to receive that honour.

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Early life

Of Polish Jewish descent, Ripstein was born in Mexico City on 13 December 1943, to producer Alfredo Ripstein and Frida Rosen. He developed an interest in filmmaking from a young age due to his family's proximity, and made short films as a teenager. He met Luis Buñuel after seeing Nazarín, and they developed a close mentor-student relationship that lasted until Bunuel's death.


After working as Bunuel's uncredited assistant director on The Exterminating Angel (1962), Ripstein got his break into movies working learning from Luis Buñuel . In 1965, he directed Tiempo de morir, his first feature. 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.[2] His 1989 film Love Lies was entered into the 16th Moscow International Film Festival.[3]

Some of Ripstein's films, especially the earlier ones, "highlighted characters beset by futile compulsions to escape [their] destinies".[4] 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".[5] Deep Crimson, according to the New York Times,[6] 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."

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

Personal life

Ripstein is married to screenwriter Paz Alicia Garciadiego, with whom he has two children. In 2003, the two received honorary Spanish citizenship.[citation needed]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Bell, Richard (2007). 501 Movie Directors. London: Quintessence. p. 474. ISBN 978-1-84403-573-1.
  2. ^ "12th Moscow International Film Festival (1981)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
  3. ^ "16th Moscow International Film Festival (1989)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2013-03-02.
  4. ^ Standish, Peter; Bell, Steven M. (2004-01-01). Culture and Customs of Mexico. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 150. ISBN 9780313304125. %22arturo ripstein%22.
  5. ^ "Movie Reviews". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  6. ^ Holden, Stephen (6 October 1997). "Movie Review - - FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW; Wedding in a Cemetery, Ideal for Jealous Killings -". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-05-09.

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