Note (December 2020): images are broken on some browsers. I am working on these.
Welcome to the NY-PR (Nuyorican) Film Page, featuring information and comments on feature films
(mostly) filmed in the New York area in the 1960s and 1970s by and/or with Puerto Rican casts and crews.
Hopefully this page will provide at least some information and a "web presence" for these movies.Information (especially in English) is very hard to find and often erroneous or
incomplete when it does exist.My initial exposure to these NY-PR movies arose
from my Mexican film research (since some of these films were co-productions or featured cast and crew members
familiar to me from Mexican cinema).However, when I tried to do a little
additional searching for data on some of the movies I had seen, I discovered that "basic" sources such as
IMDB.com were woefully inadequate.The most blatant example of this is the
mis-identification of Love After Death as an "Argentine" film.
Who am I? It may seem presumptuous of me--being neither Puerto Rican nor a New
Yorker--to establish this page. I am a film historian whose chief research
interests are Mexican cinema and the film/society/history connection, as you can see from my cv here.While I might lay claim to
status as a minor "expert" in Mexican films, I make no such claim when it comes to NY-PR cinema.This page will certainly be updated as I learn more, and I will provide links to
other useful sites whenever possible.And yes, the information and commentary
on this page may be filtered through my own experience as a White, Anglo-Saxon Protestant who happens to be a Mexican
film scholar, so (a) I don't know much about Puerto Rican culture, and (b) I might make a lot of references to Mexican
Various individuals have already provided valuable information but I am always
in search of factual, personal, and anecdotal data from anyone.
This site makes no pretensions towards
being a definitive history of Nuyorican or Puerto Rican films.I have included
other titles (including some shot completely in Puerto Rico) but at this point I am not trying to create something
like my The Mexican Filmography.There are Puerto Rican film scholars (such as Joaquín "Kino" García)
who can do this much better than I can.Generally, I will only provide detailed
reviews on films I have personally seen, but I will gladly add information and/or links for other titles.Certainly dozens (?) and possibly over 100 (according to some sources) Nuyorican
features were made in the Sixties
and Seventies, but I have identified and seen only a few (hint: I am actively looking for more information and
tapes/DVDs to watch!)
*shot at least partially in the NY
1953: Escombros* (dir. Rolando Barreras)
["Kino" García says this is a lost film.]
1964: Cuando acaba la noche was reviewed in Volume 17 Number 6 (December 2011) of The Mexican Film Bulletin.
This is no longer online, so I will upload the review
on this site (projected date: January 2021).
and two that fall slightly beyond our (artificial)
1981:Prohibido amar en Nueva York* (dir.
Enrique Gómez Vadillo)
1982:Los dos mundos de Angelita* (dir. Jane
AND, one mystery title: Tecato. According to the
for "Johnny H," this film was "stolen by the irate cameraman Peter
Pallen [sic] who was editing at Haverland Film Studios, NYC, and angered
because he was not paid. The producer was Glouco [sic] del Mar."