ÁLVARO DOMENE and HENRY KAISER have created a new acoustic guitar duo soundtrack for EL TREN FANTASMA. An album is forthcoming from Iluso Records (ilusorecords.com) that consists of acoustic material from DOMENE and KAISER’s film soundtrack, along with a couple of wildly aggressive electric duos inspired by the content of the film.
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A classic action adventure tale produced in Mexico in 1927, El Tren Fantasma (The Ghost Train) is one of the most exciting and fun Mexican silent films. An action film and a love triangle, the story follows our hero, Adolfo Mariel (Mexican screen idol Carlos Villatoro) as a railroad engineer sent to investigate a series of robberies and accidents along the railway’s El Ferrocarril Mexicano line. He meets and falls for the station master’s pretty daughter, Elena del Bosque (Clarita Ibáñez), but must fight for her against a complicated bandit Paco Mendoza (Manuel de los Rios). The film was directed by Mexican film pioneer Gabriel García Moreno, who established an entire studio outside the city of Orizaba, where El Tren Fantasma is set. García Moreno had his actors perform all their own stunts, which combined with the beautiful location photography and García Moreno’s own documentary filmmaking background gives the film an incredible sense of realism mixed with a lyrical style. Hoping to make the film a crossover success, García Moreno had the inter-titles printed in both Spanish and English, but the dominance of Hollywood and European cinema in the 1920s meant that the film has been rarely screened outside Mexico.