Pedro Páramo (1967 film)

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Pedro Páramo
Directed by Carlos Velo
Produced by Federico Amérigo
Manuel Barbachano Ponce
Felipe Subervielle
Written by Manuel Barbachano Ponce
Carlos Fuentes
Juan Rulfo
Carlos Velo
Starring John Gavin
Music by Joaquín Gutiérrez Heras
Cinematography Gabriel Figueroa
Edited by Gloria Schoemann
Distributed by Cimex
Release date
  • 17 January 1967 (1967-01-17)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Mexico
Language Spanish

Pedro Páramo is a 1967 Mexican drama film directed by Carlos Velo. It was entered into the 1967 Cannes Film Festival.[1] It is based on the short novel of the same name.



John Gavin was best known for appearing in films produced by Ross Hunter. He had a Mexican mother and said he made this film "so I could make something I was proud of".[2] He was first asked to make the film by Fuentes in 1962. Gavin:

In Mexico, Pedro Paramo is as important as Don Quixote is in Spain. This may sound grandiose but it can be compared with Dante's Divine Inferno or Goethe's Faust. It is the journey of a young man in search of his father but, as an allegory, it is man in search of himself... It's the biggest Mexican film ever made.[2]


The film was released in the US in 1967.[3]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Pedro Páramo". Retrieved 10 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Gavin Gets Down to Business Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 2 June 1966: d12.
  3. ^ 'Paramo' Echoes Bergman PEPE ARCIGA. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 24 August 1967: d11.

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