El Tren is Fantasma!

This Saturday (8/13) at the theatre is one of the coolest and most unique events we have going on all summer! Michael Ramos will be performing his new score for the Mexican silent film El Tren Fantasma along with his band, Charanga Cakewalk.

A classic action adventure tale produced in Mexico in 1927, El Tren Fantasma (The Ghost Train) is one of the most exciting and fun Mexican silent films. An action film and a love triangle, the story follows our hero, Adolfo Mariel (Mexican screen idol Carlos Villatoro) as a railroad engineer sent to investigate a series of robberies and accidents along the railway’s El Ferrocarril Mexicano line. He meets and falls for the station master’s pretty daughter, Elena del Bosque (Clarita Ibáñez), but must fight for her against a complicated bandit Paco Mendoza (Manuel de los Rios).  The film was directed by Mexican film pioneer Gabriel García Moreno, who established an entire studio outside the city of Orizaba, where El Tren Fantasma is set. García Moreno had his actors perform all their own stunts, which combined with the beautiful location photography and García Moreno’s own documentary filmmaking background gives the film an incredible sense of realism mixed with a lyrical style. Hoping to make the film a crossover success, García Moreno had the intertitles printed in both Spanish and English, but the dominance of Hollywood and European cinema in the 1920s meant that the film has been rarely screened outside Mexico.

You have to come to the theatre to check out this once in a lifetime, premiere event!


About Jesse Trussell

Film programmer for the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX.
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