... And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him

... And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him

Director: Severo Perez

Cast: Jose Alcala, Daniel Valdez, Rose Portillo

     
 
This landmark of Chicano cinema is an adaptation of Tomas Rivera's 1971 novel of the same title. Told from the perspective of Marcos, the 12-year-old son of migrant Mexican-American farm workers, the film follows their travels over the course of a year, each of its 12 sections linked to a month of the calendar. The family starts off in Texas at the beginning of

Overview

This landmark of Chicano cinema is an adaptation of Tomas Rivera's 1971 novel of the same title. Told from the perspective of Marcos, the 12-year-old son of migrant Mexican-American farm workers, the film follows their travels over the course of a year, each of its 12 sections linked to a month of the calendar. The family starts off in Texas at the beginning of harvest season. Their hardscrabble journey takes them across the length and breadth of the Midwest. Along the way, Marcos and his family encounter a rich, difficult, and, at times, pathetic cast of characters including other migrant workers, a shoe salesman, and, in the most startling part of the film, white Americans. Through these encounters, Marcos comes to understand his place in the order of things, namely, near the bottom, discovers the power of familial bonds to comfort and overcome hardship, and uncovers in himself a desire to learn and educate.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2008
UPC:
0738329060824
Original Release:
1994
Source:
Kino Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
37,779

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jose Alcala Marcos
Daniel Valdez Bartolo
Rose Portillo Florentina
Marco Rodriguez Joaquin
Lupe Ontiveros Dona Rosa
Evelyn Guerrero Lupita
Sam Vlahos Don Cleto
Art Bonilla Lalo
Sal Lopez El Mohado
Miguel Rodríguez Narrator

Technical Credits
Severo Perez Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
John Acevedo Asst. Director
Yvonne Cervantes Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Espinosa Producer
Norine Joy Francis Set Decoration/Design
Armin Ganz Production Designer
Virgil Harper Cinematographer
Susan Heick Editor
Lidsay Law Producer
Marcos Loya Score Composer,Musical Arrangement
Bob Morones Associate Producer,Casting
Kirk M. Petruccelli Art Director
Sharon Reed Set Decoration/Design
Russell J. Smith Art Director
Peter Stolz Art Director
Susumu Tokunow Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- ...And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him
1. Under the House [7:58]
2. Bartolo's Poems [8:50]
3. Orange Orchard [8:38]
4. Heading North [8:50]
5. Going to School [9:23]
6. Left Alone [7:28]
7. Digging a Grave [8:17]
8. Parent's Return [7:38]
9. The Devil [8:24]
10. Exhaustion [9:58]
11. When We Arrive [5:07]
12. Past and Future [8:26]

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