Cinema: Dinner with Death

Macario (Azteca). The Day of the Dead. All over Mexico, children are laughing and eating candy skulls. All over Mexico, Death is grinning and eating children. Through the village streets the peons carry La Muerte in sugar sculpture, larger than life. Through the land La Muerte strides, the hollow specter of starvation. It pauses at the hut of Macario the woodcutter (Ignacio Lopez Tarso). Six mouths to feed, and only a fistful of frijoles left. Bitterly, Macario cries aloud: "All my life I have been hungry—never once have I had enough to eat! Now...

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