The Human FactorSunday, June 28, 2015
As I must soon thin out my book collection (not a collection but a lifelong accumulation) I glance at my book shelves and the piles of books on the floor (Douglas Coupland would approve of that home design choice) I know it will be tough.
But some of them are out and out simple. I cannot part with them. One of them is a beautifully rebound in leather by a French book maker in Mexico of my mother’s The Power and the Glory.
Gabriel Figueroa (1907-1997). He worked in Hollywood, too especially with John Huston and John Ford. But one of my favourite films of all time (with luminous b+w photography by Figueroa) is John Ford’s, 1947, The Fugitive which was the renaming of Greene’s The Labyrinthine Ways (US title) and The Power and the Glory (the British title).
The film stars Henry Fonda, Dolores del Río (!!), Ward Bond and Pedro Armendáriz, perhaps the best Mexican actor of all time. In The Fugitive he plays a most scary police chief who is looking for the priest during the prohibition for saying mass in the 20s.
I photographed Ivette Hernández, who hails from León, Guanajuato for a couple of years imposing on her (and she imposed on me) our nostalgia for Mexico, its ways, its scenery, etc.