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Song of the Soul (1938)

Canción del alma (original title)
Canción del alma tells the tale of José Luis Barrera, a Federal colonel, who reluctantly must leave behind his sweetheart, Esperanza, when he is called to battle. After a romantic parting ... See full synopsis »

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Vilma Vidal ...
Esperanza
Rafael Falcón ...
Capitán José Luis Barrera
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Pancho
Antonio R. Frausto ...
Salgado
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Doña Encarnación
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Sargento Napoleón Régules
Rafael Icardo ...
Doctor especialista
Arturo Manrique ...
Iloncillo, taxista
Jorge Treviño ...
Coronel Balderas
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Julían - bandido
Natalia Ortiz ...
Engracía
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Oficial
Dolores Camarillo ...
Enfermera
María de Lope
Lucha Reyes
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Canción del alma tells the tale of José Luis Barrera, a Federal colonel, who reluctantly must leave behind his sweetheart, Esperanza, when he is called to battle. After a romantic parting kiss interrupted by his arch-enemy, Salgado, Esperanza follows him to the battlefield so that they can be married before he dies in battle. José Luis is shot right in front of her and he dramatically falls into a nearby river. Esperanza quickly lights the gunpowder laid to destroy the enemy defences, and is thus taken hostage by Salgado and his men. As revenge, she locks Salgado in a barn after his attempts at seduction, and he accidentally drops a cigarette, causing the barn to set alight and he dies. She manages to escape and the film flashes forward through her pregnancy with José Luis's child, which she brings up at the home of a kind gentleman, Pancho, who takes her in after she faints in his doorway. In order to not outstay her welcome, she sets off for the city with her son, named José Luis, ...

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Musical | Comedy | Drama

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10 October 1938 (USA)  »

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Love story
31 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is not just a story about love, but separation, rivalry, betrayal and hope; universal elements that are easy for us all to identify with. The backdrop of the Mexican Revolution provides the perfect landscape for this tale, as it evokes a sense of romance and adventure; the passion of the revolution. Despite this, the matter of the revolution runs secondary to the main themes of the film; more than anything the story seems to simply coincide with current events. However, it does add to the film's overall atmosphere and reminds us of the human element of conflict and of man's capacity for hope in the midst of so much adversity. Some of the characters are stereotypical, some not so, but the cast is superb and Antonio R Frausto's performance is as captivating as ever. I really enjoyed this film and I strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in Mexican cinema, and of course, love and its adversaries.


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