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Alfonso Cuarón digs deep into his memory for 'Roma'

Yalitza Aparicio in the Alfonso Cuarón movie
Yalitza Aparicio in the Alfonso Cuarón movie "Roma" (Netflix).
Image by Alfonso Cuarón

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How Alfonso Cuarón made this deeply personal film

Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón wrote, directed, co-edited and was the director of photography for "Roma." This black and white movie unfolds like a dream. He tells John Horn that he wanted the point of view of the camera to be "haunting." The movie revisits his childhood home in the early 1970's in Mexico City. He painstakingly recreated that home– complete with the original furniture and tile floors. But the young Alfonso, who was not yet a teenager at the time, isn't the main character. The story instead is about the two women who raised him. His mother, whose marriage was falling apart, and his nanny Cleo. To get the story right he talked extensively with the real Cleo– whose name is Libo– and with his siblings. The film is produced and distributed by Netflix. It comes out in limited theaters on November 21 and will be on Netflix December 14. 

Guest: Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón