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An Academy Tribute to Gabriel Figueroa

In celebration of the new exhibition
“Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa – Art and Film”
Co-presented by the Academy and LACMA


Hosted by writer-director Gregory Nava (“El Norte,” “Selena”)


With special guests Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo Prieto, Gabriel Figueroa Flores and Silvia Pinal

Night of the Iguana

Gabriel Figueroa is often referred to as "The Fourth Muralist" of Mexico, and his seminal cinematography contributed to the establishment of a visual culture and national identity in post-revolutionary Mexico.

The Academy's tribute will feature stunning excerpts from many of Figueroa's greatest cinematic achievements, as well as commentary from contemporary admirers such as actor Gael García Bernal and cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, and from Figueroa's son, Gabriel Figueroa Flores.

Clips from such Mexican classics as "María Candelaria," starring Dolores Del Rio, and "Enamorada," with María Félix, "La perla" and "Víctimas del pecado," will be shown alongside Figueroa's work for such diverse directors as John Ford ("The Fugitive"), Luis Buñuel ("Los olvidados"), Don Siegel ("Two Mules for Sister Sara") and John Huston ("The Night of the Iguana"). Figueroa's dazzling black-and-white cinematography for the latter film earned him an Academy Award nomination.


Figueroa's contribution to the field of cinematography is truly global in scope, and his influence is still widely felt, inspiring DPs around the world to the highest artistic aspirations.

Event Information

Tuesday, September 17, 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
$5 general admission/$3 Academy members and students with a valid ID.
On sale September 3 online and by mail. Tickets will not be available in advance at the box office.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
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