On a small Mexican island dwells a group of Indians who live in the traditional manner and who disdain outsiders. The beautiful Maclovia and the poverty-stricken Jose Maria are in love, but... See full summary »
Carlos López Moctezuma
A depiction of life in wartime England during the Second World War. Director Humphrey Jennings visits many aspects of civilian life and of the turmoil and privation caused by the war, all without narration.
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Carlos López Moctezuma
Kinawi, a physically challenged peddler who makes his living selling newspapers in the central Cairo train station, is obsessed by Hannouma, an attractive young woman who sells drinks. ... See full summary »
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A semi-documentary on the people of Rio de Janeiro. The camera follows boys from a hillside shanty town who sell peanuts at Copacabana, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and a soccer game. Various ... See full summary »
Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Modesto De Souza,
The greatest-ever Latin Am. actress as the greatest-ever Latin Am. character!
This is a film not to be missed. The title role is arguably the greatest female character in Latin American literature. And Maria Felix? ...Such a supreme screen goddess in Latin American cinema, I can't think of an English-speaking equivalent.
For a Mexican particularly, to see Dona Barbara brought to life by the legendary Maria Felix is like an Anglo having seen Sarah Bernhard in her best role, I suppose. Felix and her films are still very popular, even in distant Brazil, a Latin cousin to Mexico (we speak Portuguese). This film and other Felix films, along with those of the Classic Golden Period of Mexican Cinema (to which this movie belongs) are shown in restrospectives in Rio, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires quite frequently.
DONA BARBARA is a Pan-Latin American story, and female character. She could be Mexican, Brazilian, Argentinian,...well the novel was written by Venezuela's greatest novelist, so....Venezuelan or Colombian too. And similarly, Felix is the all-Latin American actress, an unsurpassed talent standard, against whom all other great Latin actresses aspire to be compared against.
Look, the film is simply wonderful, even without the double treat of Felix and Dona Barbara. I saw a video copy of it at a Florida public library's video section, so there may be a copy near you. look for it. It is a true classic featuring two classics!
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