Unpublished photos from the filming of 'Rojo Amanecer', by Jorge Fons, taken by José Alonso

when one thinks of Red Dawnthe award-winning film of the late George Fons about the student massacre October 2, 1968 in Tlatelolcoone automatically thinks of the actors Mary Red, Hector Bonilla, Roberto Sosa or the brothers Demian Y Bruno Bichir, all protagonists of the film.

However, there is another famous Mexican actor who actively participated in the production of the film, but who does not appear in the box: Jose “Pepe” Alonso who had the assignment to do the still photography for the film.

I did all the still photography of Rojo Amanecer, few know that. As Héctor Bonilla produced it, and we are friends, he invited me and I gladly helped. We recorded clandestinely, it was strictly forbidden to talk about the subject of Tlatelolco.

The actor does not remember how many photographic rolls he took, but all the negatives were given to the actor Hector Bonillawho financed the film and also appears in the film, although his role was not originally planned.

The film began to be filmed in May 1989, in a studio near the Aztec stadiumwhere a department of Tlatelolco, where the long scene of repression and death takes place. In October 1990, the film was released and was a critical and box office success, winning at least 10 awards. Ariel in the main categories. Those were the times of the government of Carlos Salinas de Gortari.

Jose Alonso shared with Aristegui News five images that he keeps from those long recording sessions.

Jorge Fons was a genius. His death hurts my soul.

In the main image they appear Mary Red, Ademar Arau, Demian Bichir, Dove Oaks, and Bonilla. In a second, the director is seen in profile George Fons accommodating what looks like a microphone on Bonilla’s shirt already Bruno Bichir sitting next to him. You can also see Demián Bichir.

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Courtesy Jose Alonso

One of the images taken by José Alonso, who was one of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s recurring actors in the 1960s and 1970s, shows the character of Héctor Bonilla killed with a bullet to the forehead. Another photo, which is part of that sequence, shows the bloodstain from the bullet that killed Bonilla’s character, when the Mexican Army enters the department of Tlatelolco to repress them for hiding students who demonstrated at the rally in the Plaza de las Three Cultures.

This Friday, in Aristegui Live, the actress Mary Red considered that the work of Fons, which includes masons Y The alley of miracles, It is national heritage. Rojo recalled that Fons belongs to a generation of directors who have already died, such as Philip Cazals either Jaime Humberto Hermosillokey figures in the auteur cinema of Mexican cinema.

Courtesy Jose Alonso

Courtesy Jose Alonso


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