|Original poster art for Redes (1936) d. Emilio Gómez Muriel and Fred Zinnemann|
d. Emilio Gómez Muriel and Fred Zinnemann
World Cinema Foundation
Criterion Collection #686
Criterion Collection/World Cinema Foundation edition available December 10th, 2013
I'm sure I've mentioned the two main categories of Criterion Collection titles: movies that are actually watchable/fun and movies that are boring and "important." Different people may break movies down among those categories different ways. For example, I would the work of Carl Th. Dreyer in the for former category, and I'm sure many people would put them in the later. I can barely make it through Japanese films from the 50s and 60s, and Italian Neorealism give me a desperate feeling in my soul, like I'm trapped in a boring film class and can't out, and I'm sure there are people who love both those types of films.
Redes, however, is incontestably a film of historical significance, rather then a fun romp. Shot by a multi-national crew and released in 1936, Redes is a very early attempt at documentary style realism, shot with non-professional actors and with a very distinctive (for 1936) visual attitude. The press release for the Criterion Collection edition calls it a "precursor to Italian Neo Realism" but it seems more likely that Italian Neo Realism was created under similar conditions and with similar influence.
The good news is that Redes clocks in at barely an hour, so if you are in the mood for 30s Mexican film about the plight of fisherman in Baja California... check it out.
One release note that is worth considering: None of these World Cinema Foundations come with extras- just the (restored) film.