Uncanny complexity punctuates Arturo Ripstein's searing 1966 feature debut 'Time to Die'

Los Angeles Times

An austere western that kicks up a slowly blinding storm of dust, regret and vengeance, a restored "Time to Die" is making its way into American movie theaters 52 years after Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein made his debut as a feature director with it, boasting a screenplay from the titanic team-up of Gabriel García Márquez and Carlos Fuentes. Only 21 at the time, Ripstein was closer in age to the story's fatherless Trueba sons (Enrique Rocha and Alfredo Leal) than paunchy, middle-aged Juan Sayago (Jorge Martínez de Hoyos), who quietly reappears in town after serving 18 years in prison for killing the boys' father in self-defense. The Truebas have sworn to avenge their dad's death. But it's Juan's mixture of resignation about his fate, and hard-won wisdom and sensitivity -- he enjoys knitting now with former flame Mariana (Marga López) -- that Ripstein understands with uncanny complexity, and burnishes like a rough-cut gem of honor in a bed of toxic masculinity. Shot in a crisp black-and-white that treasures bleak long shots as much as thrillingly nervous camera movement, "Time to Die" turns the showdown narrative of so many oaters into an actively intelligent, darkly funny and no less suspenseful rumination on the pull of the horizon versus the ill wind at the back.


Congressional candidate Arturo Carmona denies allegations of sexism leveled at him by former Sanders campaign staffers

Los Angeles Times

California politics updates: Gov. Brown takes his transportation plan on the road, 'sanctuary state' bill amended This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislators went to Concord Thursday to tout their transportation package, which they unveiled Wednesday at the state Capitol. Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León amended his "sanctuary state" bill Thursday morning to allow law enforcement to notify federal immigration officials about the release of violent felons. Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones hosted a community forum on immigration Tuesday, where the guest speaker was the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislators went to Concord Thursday to tout their transportation package, which they unveiled Wednesday at the state Capitol.


The City of Coordinated Leisure

The Atlantic - Technology

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Immigrants Say Working at Kansas Ranch Was 'Like Slavery'

U.S. News

Arturo Tovar is Rachel's husband and a Mexican citizen who lived illegally in the U.S. and was a Fullmer manager for 11 years. He said the smuggling process worked like this: When the company needed workers, Arturo asked employees if they knew someone who wanted to work in the United States. The company gave him the phone number of the "coyote," or smuggler, in Piedras Niegras, Mexico, to make the arrangements.


Toscanini's Musical and Anti-Fascist Legacy Remembered

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In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the marble bust of Arturo Toscanini is shown at La Scala opera theater during the unveiling of the exhibition of Italian musician and composer Arturo Toscanini, at La Scala opera theater in Milan, Italy. La Scala also dedicated to Toscanini a tribute concert marking the 150th anniversary of Toscanini's March 25, 1867 birth.