Latino Period Drama Movies

Tuesday, April 19 by Jeanna Cornett

No matter what your taste, be it the torrid love affairs of Frida Kahlo, the tragic story of singer Richie Valens, or love stories starring Keanu Reeves and Javier Bardem, there's a  Latino period drama movies featuring Latino actors or settings for you. Here are five that are sure-fire crowd pleasers:

  1. "La Bamba." The biography of the first Latino rock-n-roller, Richie Valens, "La Bamba" is a rollicking ride through rock's early days, culminating in the tragic deaths of Valens, Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper in a plane crash, immortalized as "the day the music died." La Bamba stars Lou Diamond Phillips and Esai Morales.
  2. "Frida." Another biography, "Frida" stars smokin-hot Salma Hayek as uni-browed artist Frida Kahlo, whose unconventional lifestyle and tempestuous marriage to poet Diego Rivera scandalized the art world in the first half of the 20th century.
  3. "A Walk in the Clouds." Set in post-World War II California grape country, "A Walk in the Clouds" stars Keanu Reeves as a soldier who returns from war and finds himself entangled with Latina Victoria Aragon and her traditional, Old-World family, headed by paterfamilia's Anthony Quinn.
  4. "Love in the Time of Cholera." Latino heartthrobs Javier Bardem and Benjamin Bratt are among the stars of "Love in the Time of Cholera," based on the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel of the same name. Set in post-World War I Columbia, "Love in the Time of Cholera" is a sweeping multi-generational epic and love story.
  5. "Death in Granada." Proving that not all period Latino movies are love stories or biographies, "Death in Granada" is a fictionalized account of the disappearance of poet Garcia Lorca during the Spanish Civil War, and features a cast of Latino heavyweights that includes Edward James Olmos and Andy Garcia.

Put these movies on your Netflix queue already, and have a Latino period drama in line for your next movie night.

- Jeanna Cornett

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