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SCL Screening ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO with Robert Rodriguez

Event: SCL Screening ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO with Robert Rodriguez
Date: November 18, 2003
Time: 7:30 pm


The SCL invites each member and one guest to attend an exciting evening on Tuesday, November 18th, 2003, beginning with a full-length screening of ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, made available by Columbia Pictures and Dimension Films. Following the screening, Director/Producer/Composer ROBERT RODRIGUEZ will discuss the music for the film, including a Q&A segment.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2003, 7:30 p.m.

FREE to SCL members plus one guest. (Member must accompany guest.) Limited seating/RSVP early. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: (310) 281-2812 ext. 2

DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA Building (DGA) Screening Room #2 7920 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90046

The saga of the mythic guitar-slinging hero, El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), continues in Robert Rodriguez’s bold, non-stop action epic ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO. The new adventure is set against a backdrop of revolution and greed. Haunted and scarred by loss, El Mariachi (Banderas) has retreated into a life of isolation. He is forced out of hiding by Sands (Johnny Depp), a corrupt CIA agent. Sands recruits the reclusive hero to sabotage a plot by the evil cartel kingpin Barillo (Willem Dafoe), who is planning to assassinate the president of Mexico. El Mariachi has his own reasons for returning – retribution and revenge.

Cast includes Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Danny Trejo, Enrique Iglesias, Marco Leonardi, Cheech Marin, with Rubén Blades and Willem Dafoe. Produced by Elizabeth Avellán, Carlos Gallardo, and Robert Rodriguez.

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ SAID: I began writing the music for ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO while writing the script. Since I was going for a more epic tale of the Mariachi in this movie, I could feel that the music was going to need to be bigger and more involved than what I had done previously in the earlier films. I wanted a Latin orchestral sound to represent Mexico, as well as the journey of the different characters, infusing it with Spanish guitar and rhythms. One aspect of the score that I’m most excited about was the fact that I asked several of the actors (musicians in their own right) to come up with musical ideas that best represented the characters they were playing. Rubén Blades supplied me with a bass line for his character, Antonio Banderas wrote a Mariachi song that he sings, and he also embellished his character’s main theme. Johnny Depp went out and wrote a whole piece for his character, which I use in the movie. I created new orchestral versions of it for whenever his character is on screen. Finally, I had Salma Hayek sing the end title song, because I was always a fan of her singing voice, which I had heard often between takes during the various movies we’ve shot together.

Rated R for strong violence and language. 101 minutes.

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