The Lash of the Penitentes

Saturday Nov 23, 2019

3405 Central Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Phone: 255-1848
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The Penitent City

City on the Edge podcast returns to Guild Cinema (3405 Central Ave. NE) on Saturday, Nov. 23 for a special screening of the long-lost 1936 “New Mexploitation” film The Lash of the Penitentes. This cheaply produced thriller is based on the real-life murder of journalist Carl Taylor in Cedar Crest, N.M. Actual documentary footage of New Mexican Penitentes—a Catholic religious sect that engages in self-flagellation—were later combined with a (heavily fictionalized) version of Taylor’s murder, which took place in February of 1936 and was detailed in a Time magazine article (titled “Blood in New Mexico”). The resulting “Poverty Row” exploitation flick was heavily condemned by the movie-rating Hays Office and survives only in a heavily edited version. The City on the Edge gang will be on hand to deliver more information about the strange history of this New Mexico-lensed thriller. The screening/podcast gets underway at 1pm on Saturday, Nov. 23. Tickets are $8.

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