Mexican producer Alfredo Ripstein Jr. dies


MEXICO CITY -- Alfredo Ripstein Jr., one of Mexico's most prolific movie producers and the father of renowned indie filmmaker Arturo Ripstein, died of respiratory failure in his Mexico City home on Saturday. He was 90.

The son of a Polish immigrant, Ripstein began his career as a production manager.

In the 1940s and 1950s, during the "golden age" of Mexican cinema, he produced dozens of movies and worked with such actors as Pedro Infante and Maria Felix. In 1948, he founded Mexico City-based shingle Alameda Films, which has produced about 120 features.

Among Ripstein's most notable productions is the award-winning "Principio y Fin" (The Beginning and the End), a picture directed by his son, Arturo. He also produced contemporary boxoffice hits "El Callejon de los Milagros" (Midaq Alley), featuring Salma Hayek, and the Gael Garcia Bernal starrer "El Crimen del Padre Amaro" (The Crime of Father Amaro), nominated for best foreign-language picture at the 75th edition of the Academy Awards.

Ripstein is survived by his wife, three children and grandchildren.