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UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation present

El lugar sin límites

El lugar sin limites
December 15, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Free admission for Outfest members at the box office!

El lugar sin límites  (Mexico, 1977)

The Place Without Limits

A decrepit bordello in a small town is the site for an exploration of social boundaries and sexual stereotypes. The bordello is “the place without limits” where a local tough-guy, Pancho, interacts with a transvestite Spanish dancer, La Manuela. When La Manuela finds Pancho harassing her daughter, La Japonesita, the product of his one heterosexual liaison, she taunts him with a provocative dance and embrace. La Manuela's teasing both enrages and arouses Pancho. The film is an adaptation of a novel by the same name written by Chilean writer José Donoso. While indicting homophobia, it implies that macho culture, as represented by Pancho, is founded on latent homoeroticism.

35mm, color, in Spanish with English subtitles, 110 min. Producer: Conacite Dos, Francisco del Villar. Director: Arturo Ripstein. Screenwriter: Arturo Ripstein, Manuel Puig, José Emilio Pacheco. Based on a novel by José Donoso. Cinematographer: Miguel Garzón. Editor: Francisco Chiu Amador. Cast: Roberto Cobo, Lucha Villa, Ana Martín, Gonzalo Vega, Julían Pastor.