EL MARIACHI
1992, Sony Repertory, 81 min, USA, Dir: Robert Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez’s feature directorial debut was famously made on a shoestring for the Mexican home video market before being picked up for distribution by Columbia Pictures. Carlos Gallardo stars as the title musician, thrown into the fight of his life when he is mistaken for a ruthless criminal who also carries a guitar case. In Spanish with English subtitles.


FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (1996)
1996, Dimension Films, 108 min, USA, Dir: Robert Rodriguez

Bank-robbing brothers George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino (in a rare appearance in front of the camera) head to a Mexican safehouse after killing a Texas Ranger. But safety is the last thing they find south of the border, as they make an ill-advised stop at a strip club frequented by vampires. Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, Salma Hayek and Cheech Marin costar in this wildly entertaining cult horror classic.


SIN CITY
2005, Dimension Films, 124 min, USA, Dir: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

Director Robert Rodriguez - with a little help from Quentin Tarantino - turned graphic novelist/co-director Frank Miller’s neo-noir tales of dark doings in Basin City into one of the most visually striking films of recent years. An anthology of several short stories (“The Hard Goodbye,” “The Big Fat Kill,” “That Yellow Bastard” and “The Customer Is Always Right”), SIN CITY features an all-star ensemble cast including Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Josh Hartnett, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen and Benicio Del Toro. The violent crime thriller was one of the first films shot on a digital backlot, with most of the sets (and color accents to the high-contrast B&W cinematography) added in post-production to create a look of glittering grime.


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