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Alfonso Arau

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Date of Birth:
11 January 1932Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Short Biography:
Alfonso Arau has had a long and fruitful career both in front of and behind the camera and is one of the most prominent filmmakers of the Latino community in Hollywood. He was a drama disciple of Seki Sano--a Japanese teacher, classmate of Lee Strasberg with Konstantin Stanislavski in Russia--and traveled the world from 1964 to 1968 with his one-man show, "Pantomime Happy Madness", after studying with Etienne Decroux and Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

A renowned writer-producer-director-actor in theater and films for more than 20 years, in 1969 he directed his first feature film, El águila descalza (1971), in which he also starred. He has directed many films in Mexico, among them Inspector Calzonzin (1974) and Mojado Power (1981). He has received six Arieles--the Mexican equivalent of the Oscar--and numerous international film awards.

Arau has acted in a number of Mexican and Hollywood films, including The Wild Bunch (1969), El Topo (1970), Mojado Power (1981), Used Cars (1980), Romancing the Stone (1984), ¡Three Amigos! (1986) and Committed (2000). In addition to Like Water for Chocolate (1992), his directing credits include A Walk in the Clouds (1995) with Keanu Reeves and Picking Up the Pieces (2000) with Woody Allen. For television he has done The Magnificent Ambersons (2002), based on the script of Orson Welles' film version (The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)) and the novel by Booth Tarkington.

Coco (2017)

# 14187 IMDb TOP250 #70 PG 

Coco (2017)

TaglineThe celebration of a lifetime

By Lee Unkrich (directed by), Adrian Molina (co-director) (co-directed by)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music, Mystery (1h 45min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.4 after 230,628 votes on 05-Nov-18.

Won 2 Oscars. Another 99 wins & 33 nominations

Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to (...)

A Painted House (2003)

# 14956 IMDb PG 

A Painted House (2003)

TaglineDesperate Times, hard truths, unexpected dangers. One extraordinary summer will change a young boy and his family...forever.

By Alfonso Arau

Drama, Family (1h 37min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 849 votes on 30-Oct-18.

1 win & 4 nominations

A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in better conditions. However, with this particularly tough farming season, the boy learns that his challenges guide him in discovering who he really is.

A Walk in the Clouds (1995)

# 09973 IMDb

A Walk in the Clouds (1995)

TaglineA man in search. A woman in need. A story of fate.

By Alfonso Arau

Drama, Romance (1h 42min)

USA USA, Mexico Mexico

Rated 6.7 after 27,935 votes on 26-Sep-18.

1 win & 3 nominations

After returning from the war, Paul and a young woman meet on a bus as she's headed home from college to help with the grape harvest and face her Old World domineering dad. The woman has not married but is pregnant and she thinks her father is going to kill her. Paul proposes to pose as her husband to help her face her father. When their passion for each other is finally ignited and explodes, they (...)

Como agua para chocolate (1992)

# 00802 IMDb

Como agua para chocolate (1992)

(Like Water for Chocolate)

TaglineA feast for the senses!

By Alfonso Arau

Drama, Romance (1h 54min)

Mexico Mexico

Fine! Rated 7.2 after 15,305 votes on 16-Oct-18.

21 wins & 9 nominations

In a forgotten Mexico Tita and Pedro fall in love, but are forbidden to marry. Mama Elena sees Tita's role as her caretaker for life - no youngest daughter has ever married and her daughter will not be the first to break tradition. Tita's heart breaks when her mother instead offers to Pedro her other daughter, and he accepts. Now they live in the same house, and Mama Elena cannot forbid their (...)

Walker (1987)

# 09757 IMDb

Walker (1987)

TaglineBefore Rambo... Before Oliver North...

By Alex Cox

Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War, Western (1h 34min)

USA USA, Mexico Mexico, Spain Spain

Rated 6.5 after 2,842 votes on 15-Aug-18.

1 nomination

William Walker and his mercenary corps enter Nicaragua in the middle of the 19th century in order to install a new government by a coup d'etat. All is being financed by an American multimillionaire who has his own interest in this country.

¡Three Amigos! (1986)

# 07893 IMDb

¡Three Amigos! (1986)

TaglineThey're Down On Their Luck And Up To Their Necks In Senoritas, Margaritas, Banditos And Bullets!

By John Landis

Adventure, Comedy, Western (1h 44min)

USA USA

Rated 6.5 after 60,550 votes on 06-Oct-18.

Three out of work silent movie actors are accidentally drawn to a Mexican village that is being harassed by a gang of outlaws. The three, 'Ned', 'Lucky Day' and 'Dusty Bottoms' play 'Lone Ranger' types in their movies, but must play their parts for real now.

Romancing the Stone (1984)

# 00840 IMDb

Romancing the Stone (1984)

TaglineShe's a girl from the big city. He's a reckless soldier of fortune. For a fabulous treasure, they share an adventure no one could imagine... or survive.

By Robert Zemeckis

Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance (1h 45min)

Mexico Mexico, USA USA

Rated 6.9 after 72,931 votes on 25-Sep-18.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations

Someone had an idea to revive a vehicle used by Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn or one of the many other heroines he played alongside. This impressed the producer Michael Douglas so much he had himself cast as the lead. Joan Wilder is a writer of romance novels. She receives package from her sister in Colombia . Finding she has been kidnapped she is told she must bring the package to Colombia to (...)

Used Cars (1980)

# 05658 IMDb

Used Cars (1980)

TaglineEstimated Laugh Count: 287 City, 410 Highway. Use these numbers only for comparison. Your actual laughs may vary depending on how you feel about used car salesmen, nude women, spectacular car stunts, and the President of the United States.

By Robert Zemeckis

Comedy (1h 53min)

USA USA

Rated 6.8 after 11,949 votes on 02-Sep-18.

1 nomination

Used car salesman Rudy Russo needs money to run for State Senate, so he approaches his boss Luke. Luke agrees to front him the $10,000 he needs, but then encounters an "accident" orchestrated by his brother Roy, who runs the car lot across the street. Roy is hoping to claim title to his brother's property because Roy's paying off the mayor to put the new interstate through the area. After Luke (...)

Posse (1975)

# 09284 IMDb

Posse (1975)

Tagline'Posse' begins like most Westerns. It ends like none of them. It will knock you off your horse.

By Kirk Douglas

Western (1h 32min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 1,463 votes on 04-Oct-18.

1 nomination

A tough marshal with political ambitions leads an elite posse to capture a notorious criminal. He succeeds, but instead of cheering him, the public turns against him.

El topo (1970)

# 02372 IMDb

El topo (1970)

(The Gopher)

TaglineSee the naked young Franciscans whipped with cactus. See the bandit leader disemboweled. See the priest ride into the sunset with a midget and her newborn baby. What it all means isn't exactly clear, but you won't forget it.

By Alejandro Jodorowsky (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)

Western (2h 05min)

Mexico Mexico

Fine! Rated 7.5 after 21,886 votes on 05-Oct-18.

2 wins

The gunfighter El Topo ("The Mole") and his young son ride through a desert to a village, whose inhabitants have been massacred. Bandits are nearby, torturing and killing the survivors. El Topo rescues a woman (Mara), who leads him on a mission to find and defeat the four master gunmen of the desert. Leaving his son with a group of monks, El Topo and Mara complete the mission, accompanied by a (...)

The Wild Bunch (1969)

# 00852 IMDb

The Wild Bunch (1969)

TaglineThe land had changed. They hadn't. The earth had cooled. They couldn't.

By Sam Peckinpah

Action, Drama, Western (2h 14min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.0 after 69,797 votes on 04-Oct-18.

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations

A few months before World War I, an aging band of outlaws led by Pike Bishop rob a Texas bank intent on using the money to retire. When the robbery goes wrong, the gang is forced to flee to Mexico with Bishop's reformed ex-partner, Deke Thornton, in hot pursuit. With nothing to show for the failed robbery, Bishop's gang agrees to steal a shipment of guns for General "Mapache" Juerta, to restore (...)

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