Monday, February 23, 2009

A Special Treat for my Ohio State Latino/a Studies Audience

I have just hit the ground here in Columbus for a presentation this afternoon with Guisela Latorre called Eyes Wide Open. In a moment of serendipity I just happened across a YouTube posting of a Lupe Velez film short--it is quite peculiar and cool; allegorically, it is as if she is framed (symbolically foregrounding the "frame" of cinema) even as the odd, tiny serenaders give vent to their desire for her via music! Yowza.


I want to thank all the amazing students and professors that made my all-too-brief junket out to Columbus and THE Ohio State University such a success; it was cool to share the stage with Guisela Latorre who delighted the audience at OSU's posh faculty club Grand Room with her findings on Mexican and Chicano murals and muralists--even though Latorre had stacked the deck for herself question-wise by having her Daddy, a professor himself (and utterly proud Papa) in the audience! If you are looking for a first tier, top rank graduate and/or undergraduate crib to immerse yourself in Latina/o Studies, you cannot do yourself wrong by firing up that lowrider (forgive the stereotype) and cruising yourself to the American Midwest and OSU. Huge abrazos y besos to polyglot, empresario wunderkind Luis Federico Aldama, aka Frederick Luis Aldama (yes, that is him in the luchador mask--and, unseen, the speedos, keys in pants), for making this bracing gig happen!


  1. I can't help but chime in om this little Hollywood Parade gem, having spent last semester in intense contemplation of Lupe and Gary (That's Cooper in the steamy slow-dance). The dance part is from Wolf Song, an 1929 silent film in which Lupe plays the daughter of a wealthy don in Taos, New Mexico... i.e. Lupe's character is "Spanish" and of the elite class. Gary plays a rather "uncivilized" white trapper and, by Lupe's father's standards, he's not good enough for Lupe.

    With the frame of this clip, on the other hand, Lupe is sort of lovingly re-Mexicanized. It strikes me as amazingly typical of the kind of embrace Lupe enjoyed/endured in this era of Hollywood. By the time this was made (I think 1932) Lupe and Gary's much-commented-on relationship, which had persisted (unmarried) for almost 3 years, was over.

  2. Kristy! Gracias--I had not even found time to identify what film it was; a giant tip of the sombrero to my cultural studies scholar friend to the north! y un abrazo fuerte, Memo Nericcio,