The showgirls or "bellas de noche" of Mexico City in the 1970s and 80s were political and cultural icons. What propelled them beyond their cabaret stages to stratospheric levels of national fame? Mexico City-based director, writer and cinematographer María José Cuevas spent 10 years examining the rich photographic archive of these vedettes (showgirls), five of whom are the subject of her award-winning debut documentary "Bellas de noche/Beauties of the Night," making its Arizona Premiere at Tucson Cine Mexico (March 24).
In this talk, featuring sensational magazine spreads and film excerpts from the archive, Cuevas will discuss the powerful emergence of the vedettes in an era of economic crisis and the growing wave of women's liberation, the history of this erotic art form, and what has become of it today. In conversation with Laura Gutiérrez, associate professor of Latin American Performance Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
With support from the UA Center for Documentary.