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John Bailey presented Broken Lance, by Edward Dmytryk, at the 16th FICM

By: Azul Ramírez @azulartx

John Bailey, special guest of the 16th Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) and current president of the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences, presented the film Broken Lance (1957) by the American director Edward Dmytryk. He was accompanied by Daniela Michel, founder and director of the festival, and filmmaker Gregory Nava.

John Bailey

John Bailey

Broken Lance is part of the Three Mexican Actresses in Hollywood program dedicated to Dolores del Río (1904-1982), Lupe Vélez (1909-1944) and Katy Jurado (1924-2002), curated in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of the U.S.

Edward Dmytryk’s film takes place in Arizona in the 1880s, when a rancher’s patriarchal empire is threatened by conflict within his own family. The day he is released from prison, he vows to take revenge on his three half-brothers, who have stripped him of his fortune and led his father to an untimely death.

“It’s a film that used the cinemascope system developed by 20th Century Fox, a lens developed in the 1920s in France that used lenses that allowed the images to be enlarged when they were projected.” It was decided to change to a broader format to attract people who were no longer attending the cinema due to the rise of television, and this western was favored by this format as it was filmed outdoors,” said John Bailey.

Gregory Nava, John Bailey y Daniela Michel.

Gregory Nava, John Bailey y Daniela Michel.

Gregory Nava shared some anecdotes of Katy Jurado, star of the film: “She was discovered by Hollywood in a very interesting way, not earning enough money as an actress in Mexico, she also worked as a bullfighting critic. American directors Budd Boetticher and John Wayne found themselves at a bullfight, as they were very fond of bulls, and Budd recognized the beauty of Katy Jurado and immediately invited her to shoot The Bullfighter and the Lady. ”

The success of the film led Katy Jurado to collaborate in different films such as Fred Zinnemann‘s High Noon, a film that gave her the Golden Globe as best supporting actress: “after this movie she got the role in Broken Lance; Katy Jurado was later nominated for an Oscar for her performance, it was the first time that a Mexican woman and a Latina received a nomination,” Gregory Nava explained.