Day of the Dead & Spectre

 

 

Day of the Dead Mexico City

Have you seen a Day of the Dead parade? Have you visited Mexico City for the Day of the Dead?

 

Mexico City Historic Center Day of the Dead Gran Hotel

Catrina at Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de México

 

Mexico City Historic Center Gran Hotel Day of the Dead

Ofrenda at Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de México

in the Historic Center of Mexico City

 

Dia de los Muertos en la Ciudad de México

 

Spectre

Have you visited a place? Then later on, a movie is released. And, it has scenes of the places you visited.

Well, about twelve months after I visited Mexico City. Spectre was released.   In the opening scenes of Spectre, James Bond is played by Daniel Craig. He walks through the Historic Center of Mexico dressed as a skeleton.

 

Day of the Dead Mexico City Parade

In the midst of a Day of the Dead parade, he struts. People have their faces painted and are dressed up in costumes, like skeletons and Catrina. Since the movie, there's been parade for the Day of the Dead in Mexico City. When we were there, it did not exist. It's usually held on 2nd November.

 

Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de México

Then, he enters a historical hotel. It's the Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de México (Gran Hotel of Mexico City)/ You can visit this hotel, too. In the hotel, an altar is setup in the foyer decorated with offerings for the Day of the Dead.

 

Gran Hotel

 

Mexico City Historic Center Gran Hotel

Tolsa Square ~ Plaza Manuel Tolsá

Calle de Tacuba Bronze sculpture of King Charles IV (Estatua Eucestre de Carlos IV)

Mexico City Historic Center

National Palace

Mexico City Historic Center National Palace

Zócalo

Mexico City Historic Center Cathedral Metropolitan
Mexico City Historic Center National Palace

Zócalo

 

The Zócalo is the Plaza de la Constitucion. It is a square in the Historic Center of Mexico City (Centro Histórico). Whilst I was there, they were setting up giant marquees for an event.

Some buildings and historical sites around the square are:

  • Cathedral Metropolitan of Mexico City (Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México
  • National Palace (Palacio Nacional)
  • Templo Mayor (Museo Templo Mayor)
  • Gran Hotel (Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de México)
Mexico City Historic Center Cathedral Metropolitan

Cathedral Metropolitan of Mexico City

Templo Mayor in the Historic Center of Mexico City

Templo Mayor

Ofrenda Outside and Inside the Cathedral Metropolitan of Mexico City

 

Outside the Cathedral, you can see the offerings.

You can see the decorated altars inside the Cathedral.

 

 

Mexico City Historic Center Day of the Dead
Mexico City Historic Center Altar Day of the Dead

Ofrendas

Walk around the Historic Center. You will see Ofrendas.

Ofrendas are altars decorated with offerings for the departed.

Mexico City Historic Center Day of the Dead
Mexico City Historic Center Day of the Dead
Mexico City Historic Center Day of the Dead

Catrinas

You will see people walking around dressed as Catrina.

In shops, you can see decorations of Catrina.

Mexico City Historic Center Day of the Dead
Mexico City Historic Center Day of the Dead
Mexico City Historic Center Day of the Dead

Map of  Zócalo in the Historic Center of Mexico City

4 Day of the Dead Films in Mexico

(Please Note: Links to the below mentioned videos are not possible)

Spectre ~ 2015

 In Spectre, James Bond is played by Daniel Craig. The opening scene starts with the Day of the Dead.

Filming locations are seen in the Historic Center of Mexico City.

The trailer 'SPECTRE Day of the Dead celebrations' on the James Bond 007 YouTube channel shows the opening scene of the movie.

And, on the same channel, there is 'SPECTRE vlog features Day of the Dead Festival'. It has behind the scenes about the filming of Spectre.

Have you seen Spectre?

Coco ~ 2017

Coco is a Disney Pixar animated movie about the Day of the Dead. In Spanish, it's known as Dia de los Muertos.

You have to be willing to do whatever it takes to seize your moment. ~ De la Cruz to Coco

 

On the Disney Plus channel see 'How Coco Honors Dia de los Muertos Disney+ which shows the background culture. The video shows the correlation between Coco and the Day of the Dead.

Watch it to learn about its culture and tradition.

Symbols of the Day of the Dead like food of Pan de Muertos and sugar skulls, music, marigolds, face painting, altars of offerings, paper punched with holes, and celebrations in cemeteries.

Then, watch the trailer 'Coco Official Final Trailer' on the Pixar channel.

Have you seen Coco?

Once Upon a Time in Mexico ~ 2003

During Once Upon a Time in Mexico, there is a Day of the Dead parade.

 

The Sony Picture Home Entertainment channel shows the offiical trailer of 'Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003).

It stars Antonio Banderas, Johnny Depp, and Salma Hayek.

 

Desperado is the preceding movie before Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

 

Have you seen Once Upon a Time in Mexico or Desperado?

 

 

Book of Life ~ 2014

I saw Book of Life at City Walk in Universal Studios Hollywood in the year it was released.

 

Write Your Own Story ~ the Candle Maker 

 

The Fox Family Entertainment channel has two trailers. The first is 'The Book of Life Official Trailer'.

And, the second one is 'The Book of Life Trailer'.

 

Whilst on a walk around Mexico City. I saw the poster for El Libro de la Vida (Book of Life).

Have you seen Book of Life?

El Libro de la Vida in Mexico City

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