N.p. N.p., 1963-1964. Archive of 66 vintage reference photographs from "Las Luchadoras Contra El Medico Asesino" ["Wrestling Women vs. the Mad Scientist"] (1963) and "Las Luchadoras Contra La Momia" ["Wrestling Women vs. the Mummy"] (1964).
Prolific Mexican director Rene Cardona and screenwriter Alfredo Salazar developed a series of films following the supernatural-battling antics of "luchadoras," or female lucha libre wrestlers, in the early 1960s. Featuring the campy gore and psychedelic visuals usually found in Mexploitation cinema, the series was unique in casting women as heroic protagonists, bucking the typical representation of women in Mexican cinema as passive spectators or victims. The photographs in the archive capture images from the series' first two films, with many shots in particular of veteran Mexploitation actresses Lorena Velazquez and Elizabeth Campbell.
The introduction of these films to the US can be single-handedly attributed to entrepreneur K. Gordon Murray, who brought films from Mexico and distributed them to American television and late-night drive-ins in the 1960s.
Approximately 10 x 8 inches. Near Fine.
Complete collation details available upon request.