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Actors: Pedro Armendriz, Eduardo Arozamena, Manuel Donde, Maria Felix, Fernando Fernandez
Directors: Emilio Fernndez, Emilio Fernandez
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
During the Mexican Civil War, a revolutionary general (Armendáriz) and his troops seize the conservative town of Cholula, near Mexico City. Even as the revolutionaries mistreat the wealthy people of the town, the general... more »
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Curtis Allan | Seattle, WA | 12/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great classic of Mexico's Golden Age of Cinema in the 1940s by its greatest director, Emilio Fernandez. Yes, these films are a little syrupy, but so was abuelita's atole; its the Mexican way. The opening scenes with the cannon going off and the horses galloping in the Revolution are wonderful. This film stars Maria Felix, the Katherine Hepburn or Elizabeth Taylor of Mexican cinema, as well as Fernandez's regular Pedro Armendariz (see him also in the Bond classic From Russia with Love). Regarding the Cozumel Films DVD: the image is far from the Jeanne d'Arc treatment, but be happy to see this film at all. Also, there are no subtitles so its for Spanish speakers only. No extras to speak of, but we can forgive that if Cozumel films hurries along DVD releases of "La Perla", "Maria Candelaria", and most importantly, the 1949 classic "Salon Mexico"."
A great classic Mexican film
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 05/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The fabulous team of director Emilio Fernández and cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa made with "Enamorada" another great example of Mexican film in its days of glory. They were both central figures in La Epoca de Oro of Mexican filmmaking, as was Fernández' favorite actor, Pedro Armendáriz, who made 14 films for the legendary director in his nearly 3 decade long career, which included 3 films for John Ford, and the 1963 James Bond "From Russia With Love", which was to be his last; here he plays a revolutionary general, and he is handsome, funny, and very moving in the part.
Maria Félix was one of the most exquisite creatures to walk the earth, and was Mexico's biggest star; she is perfect as the beautiful Beatriz, a woman who is strong enough to melt the general's heart while giving him a slap and a punch. Félix also had a long lasting career, which spanned from the early '40s through 1970.
The plot for "Enamorada" has similarities to "The Taming of the Shrew", and is a romance set in the turbulent times of 1821, that has much drama as well as some hilarious scenes (my favorite is when Beatriz finds out her mother was "stolen"). Lovely music enhances the film, with Shubert's "Ave Maria" and Pedro Galindo's "La Malagueña".
Others in the cast that are excellent include Fernando Fernández as Padre Sierra, José Morcillo as Beatriz' father, and Eugenio Rossi as her fiancée.
"Enamorada" was a huge success, and won many Ariel Awards (Mexico's Oscar), including Best Picture, Actress, Director, Screenplay, and Cinematography, with Armendáriz winning a special Outstanding Career Ariel. The film was remade in Hollywood with the same Fernández/Figueroa/Armendáriz team as "The Torch" in 1950, but with Paulette Goddard in the female lead; it was no match to its predecessor and was a dismal failure. Other Golden Age cinematic treasures from this trio include "Flor Silvestre" ('43), "Maria Candelaria" ('44), "La Perla" ('47), and "Maclovia" ('48), which also starred Félix.
There are no subtitles, and total running time is 99 minutes.
A wonderful mexican classic
Oscar Meza | VENEZUELA | 12/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love the whole era of the mexican classical films, the gold era we say. And this film belongs to this era and it is beutiful"