Gabo & Cinema

(Gabo y el cine)
José Luis García Agraz | Documentary

2016 | 52 minutes | Mexico

A commendable and well documented contribution to the general study of Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez’s cultural production. In the voice of his friends and accomplices, the documentary takes us beyond his literary figure and immerses us in his cinematic one.


It is said that Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez never allowed for a film adaptation of his singular masterpiece "One Hundred Years of Solitude" -arguably the most influential novel of the second half of the twentieth century- to be produced. However, the prolific Colombian writer had strong ties to the movies.

Gabo & Cinema is a commendable and well-documented contribution to the general study of Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez’s cultural production. In the voice of his friends and accomplices, the documentary takes us beyond his literary figure and immerses us in his cinematic one.

García Márquez's work inspired numerous film adaptations, and he wrote a handful of screenplays as well. The one time journalist even penned movie reviews, a unique and indeed indispensable addition to the critical literature on a writer of world importance.

Additionally, García Márquez was the head of the Latin American Film Foundation and founded the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños together with Argentine poet and filmmaker Ferndando Birri and Cuban filmmaker Julio García Espinosa. It became the first film and TV school to support Latin Americans in presenting the reality of the region's social issues on screen. Today, both institutions are considered to be the best of their kind in the region.


"Featuring interviews with García Márquez from de 1980s-era documentaries regarding his opinions on filmmaking, and brief clips from several of his adapted works, this often-fascinating view of the master novelist's cinematic side is recommended." — P. Hall, Video Librarian

"I think that movies could go further than books as an expressive medium; the future belongs to media and communications." — Gabriel García Márquez

"Until A Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabo has always run after cinema; after A Hundred Years of Solitude, cinema started running after Gabo." — Senel Paez

"He was a cinephile. Like he always said, what he wanted was to be a filmmaker." — Carlos García Agraz

"Cinema was Gabo's greatest passion. He had a predilection for a certain kind of films. He was very close to Italian Cinema, for example… " — Felipe Cazals

Main credits

Luis García Agraz, José (film director)
Peña, Alquimia (on-screen participant)
Navarro, Bertha (on-screen participant)
García Agraz, Carlos (on-screen participant)
Cazals, Felipe (on-screen participant)
Sánchez Sosa, Jorge (on-screen participant)
Contreras, Jorge (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Rudolfo Castillo-Morales; editor, Israel Santamaría García ; music, Rodrigo Cordera.

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Havana Film Festival
The Americas Film Festival of New York

DIRECTOR: José Luis García Agraz


YEAR: 2016

GENRE: Documentary


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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