Day of the Dead, a 1957 film by the famous artists and designers Charles and Ray Eames, explores the wild and haunted Mexican celebration of All Souls’ Day–on November 1. Just 15 minutes long, Day of the Dead shows one striking image after another–from mountains to marigolds to the folk art and the extraordinary people.
The film considers everything from the Aztec influence to the preoccupations with animals and memory and death stirred by the holiday. Skulls abound. Dia de los Muertos could hardly ask for more attuned and efficient (15 minutes!) artists to interpret its complex celebration and history. Sit back in your Eames chair, watch and consider your mortality.