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MEXICO: Mexican film director says movie "Apocalypto" bears similarities to his own movie made over a decade ago

Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto" - filmed entirely in the Yucatec Mayan language - became an international hit last year when it topped the North American box office on opening in December. But its launch was marked by controversy, with indigenous activists in Guatemala saying the film was racist in its portrayal of Mayan Indians - a charge rejected by Gibson. Now a Mexican film director who directed a small budget movie in 1990 on the Mayan Indians says "Apocalypto" looks set to reignite some of the ...

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Category:Arts / Culture / Entertainment / Showbiz
Reference:2005/07
Tape:ENT 655
Timecode:10:25:36:11 - 10:29:16:20
Duration:00:03:40:09
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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (RECENT) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF THE CENTER OF CINEMATOGRAPHIC TRAINING...

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (RECENT) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN DIRECTOR JUAN MORA CATLETT, SAYING: "With a movie for which we didn't have much of a budget - 300,000 (USD) - the challenge of making the first picture of the Pre-Colombian world was enormous. During it came the idea - amongst other things - that in place of designing clothing for which we didn't have the money, we would paint the actors in symbolic colours. So, for example, instead of having a leopard warrior costume, we painted the man yellow with black spots."...

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (RECENT) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN DIRECTOR JUAN MORA CATLETT, SAYING: "With a movie for which we didn't have much of a budget - 300,000 (USD) - the challenge of making the first picture of the Pre-Colombian world was enormous. During it came the idea - amongst other things - that in place of designing clothing for which we didn't have the money, we would paint the actors in symbolic colours. So, for example, instead of having a leopard warrior costume, we painted the man yellow with black spots."

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (RECENT) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN DIRECTOR JUAN MORA CATLETT, SAYING: "When I heard about the North American movie, I was very curious and I discovered that between my first film - Aztlan - and this American movie were lots of similarities. The use of body painting was one of them."...

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (RECENT) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN DIRECTOR JUAN MORA CATLETT, SAYING: "When I heard about the North American movie, I was very curious and I discovered that between my first film - Aztlan - and this American movie were lots of similarities. The use of body painting was one of them."

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(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN DIRECTOR JUAN MORA CATLETT, SAYING: "If it had only been one thing I would have thought it just a coincidence, but I asked myself: 'Was that a coincidence?' And I felt it necessary to make it public that we developed a body of work of this type 16 years ago, so that when our movie "Erendira" comes out people don't say that the Mexicans are copying the North Americans images from pre-hispanic Mexico."...

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN DIRECTOR JUAN MORA CATLETT, SAYING: "If it had only been one thing I would have thought it just a coincidence, but I asked myself: 'Was that a coincidence?' And I felt it necessary to make it public that we developed a body of work of this type 16 years ago, so that when our movie "Erendira" comes out people don't say that the Mexicans are copying the North Americans images from pre-hispanic Mexico."

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