El Mariachi * Robert Rodriguez (1992)

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This film is from a 3DVD box with Rodriguez’ Mariachi ‘trilogy’. Due to an error in the menu on the disc, it took some effort to watch it, but in the end I succeeded. El Mariachi is about a young, Mexican guitar player/singer (a “mariachi”) who accidentally arrives in a small town where he is mixed up with somebody else. Rodriguez had a budget of $ 7500 (or so) to make this film and he managed to give the impression of having several cameras to his disposal. The slow budget and the fact that this is an early film shows, but generally “El Mariachi” is amusing. The action is a bit tame, but there are some funny montage jokes and descent humour. Next up is the middle part of the trilogy “Desperado”.

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