FILM & WORDS – Esperando a Los Bitles
Sunday, March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Films & Words – Esperando a Los Bitles with guest lecturer Dr. Persephone Braham (University of Delaware) at The Kennett Flash
Thanks to a generous donation from HADLEY PRESENTS, this event is FREE and open to the public. Due to venue capacity, people will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP for the event via Ticketfly. RSVPs are held until 15 minutes before showtime, at that time additional entries will be made based on capacity. Limit 2 RSVPs per person.
Over 100 years ago, Charles C. Hadley created a gift that keeps on giving. In his will, Charles directed that earnings from the Theodore D. & Elizabeth A. Hadley Fund be used for the civic betterment, social welfare & education of the people of Kennett Square, PA and the surrounding country or whoever may care to avail themselves of an opportunity to learn and be entertained by a course of lectures and lighter attraction.
Charles was clear that admission to Hadley events should be FREE.
Esperando a los Bitles
Dynamic and funny, this documentary traces the Mexican Beatlemania through the stories of the most fervent fans of the Liverpool quartet. The inevitable regionalization of these British musicians by Mexican bands, and the desire of the Mexican fans for a Beatles world is still alive thanks to their relics, make this film an anthropological document with a sense of humor.
Esperando a Los Bitles is a very well balanced documentary about the inner workings of a marginal and quite quirky urban tribe. The directors portray the colorful eccentricity of their character’s world without mercy, like when one of them tells a story about how a model he built of a yellow submarine won him a “very special” prize. But they also present them in all their humanity, in a style somewhat reminiscent of Werner Herzog’s How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck –in other words: you’ll laugh, but you’ll also find these characters endearing. In the climax, a trip to Liverpool discloses how what seemed to be a very idiosyncratic Mexican expression of fandom, is actually tied to the global phenomenon of Beatlemania, with representatives from Spain, Germany, and the US.
FILM PRESENTED IN SPANISH with English Subtitles.
Persephone Braham teaches Latin American and Caribbean cultures at the University of Delaware. She is the author of From Amazons to Zombies: Monsters in Latin America (Bucknell, 2015) and Crimes Against the State, Crimes Against Persons (Minnesota, 2004), and editor of African Diaspora in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean (Delaware, 2014). She has published numerous articles on monstrosity, gender, and race in Latin America and the Caribbean.