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Arturo Ripstein

Arturo Ripstein
Born Arturo Ripstein y Rosen
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Film director, producer and screenwriter
Years active 1943 - present

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

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.

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

Some of his films, especially the earlier ones, "highlighted characters beset by futile compulsions to escape [their]destinies"[1] 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. Asi Es la Vida, according to Jonathan Crow, "boldly reworks the ancient Greek drama Medea, employing a dizzying array of flashbacks and Brechtian devices"[2] Deep Crimson, according to the New York Times[3], 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."

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