El Juego de la Vida y la Muerte - The Game of Life and Death

History of a 3,500 Year-Old Ball Game

The Mesoamerican Ball Game, one of the best links between the Pre-Hispanic world and modern Mexico, gained worldwide attention when 'Ulama: The Game Of Life And Death' was first shown in 1984, and then commercially released two years later.

A five-time Ariel Award Winner from the Mexican Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences for Best Film Debut, Best Film, Best Music, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography, plus a Silver Goddess and a National Press Award Winner, 'Ulama: The Game Of Life And Death' is considered a true classic of Mexican documentary films and one of the first docudramas of its kind in the world.

This DVD edition includes an updated study complimenting our modern perception of the ball game, wholly illustrated for a clearer vision of this complex set of ideas that bridges Mexico's past with its present through this ritualistic sport that was originally envisioned to commemorate the order of the universe.


Género / Genre · Documental / Documentary film • Idioma versión original / Original language · Español / Spanish with English subtitles • Duración / Running Time · 110 min. • Formato/ Format · 35 mm, color • Sonido Estéreo / Stereo Sound system • Producción / Production · MEJIKA. 1986 • Productor y dirección/ Producer and Director · Roberto Rochín • Guión / Script · Roberto Rochín, Tomás Perez Turrent & José Manuel Pintado • Fotografía / Cinematography · Antonio Reynoso & Arturo de la Rosa • Edición / Film Editors · Ramón Aupart
and Manuel Rodríguez • Música original / Original Score · Antonio Zepeda • Narración /
Narrators
· Martínez de Hoyos and Alberto Pedret