Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Eduardo Arozamena, Arturo Soto Bangel, Roberto Caedo, Columba Domínguez, Manuel Donde
Directors: Emilio Fernndez, Emilio Fernandez
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: E1 Entertainment Release Date: 05/08/2007 Run time: 110 minutes
Mawkish in Extremis, But a Great Classic Nonetheless
Curtis Allan | Seattle, WA | 02/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The opening and closing scenes of this film must have seemed hopelessly sentimental, even in 1948. I could barely keep watching thru the first 20 minutes. If you can get past that, however, there is much to admire here. Gabriel Figueroa's noirish camerawork is truly haunting; images will stay with you long after the film is over. Outside the film's opening and closing scenes, the story avoids an excessively conventional narrative style, moving very slowly and calmly to a gentle climax. The insights into pueblo life may seem exaggerated (like the shooting of a boy for taking a pot of water), but I would bet many of those events derive from real life memories from Fernandez's childhood. There are still a few areas in Mexico to this day where life approaches that level of desperation; to say nothing of the state of affairs in the 1940s. Finally, Maria Felix gives a wonderful performance in the lead. In fact, all of the roles are performed at a level that was high by any standard of the day. In sum, this is a truly great Mexican film from its greatest ever filmmaker.
Regarding the DVD, the image quality is not exceptional but certainly never impairs a proper enjoyment of the film. There are no subtitles (neither English nor Spanish) and no extras worthy of note. Hurray that this has been released, especially at such a steal of a price!
A Superb Film from the Epoca de Oro
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 07/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Emilio Fernández was one of the most distinctive directors that ever lived. His unique and masterful artistry can be noted in every scene. This film is about Rosaura, a school teacher who goes to a small rural town, only to find corruption and injustice under the rule of the local landowner, Don Regino (well played by Carlos López Moctezuma).
Maria Felix is a vision of feminine perfection. Beyond her extraordinary physical beauty, there is her strength, and her lovely, soft and musical voice. A wonderful actress, full of grace and greatness.
The cinematography by Gabriel Figueroa is magnificent, and despite its age (made in 1948), the film is quite clear and sharp. The titles are set against the work of Diego Rivera, and don't forget to notice the fabulous painted coffin !
This is a serious film, with no lighthearted breaks in the drama. It's a passionate paean to courage, honor, and the majesty of simple people."