During Mexican Revolution, Rosalio Mendoza (Del Diestro) survives by making and winning favors from both factions, the governmental forces and Zapata's Army. His hacienda welcomes everybody... See full summary »
Juan Bustillo Oro,
Fernando de Fuentes
Alfredo del Diestro,
Antonio R. Frausto
Teresa (Maria Felix) is a beautiful, young, middle-class woman who is determined to climb the social ladder.To that end she employs her beauty and her charms to manipulate rich men while ... See full synopsis »
In Xochimilco 1909, María Candelaria and Lorenzo Rafael long for getting married but the odds are against them. Maria Candelaria is segregated for being a prostitute's child and the couple ... See full summary »
Dolores del Rio,
In Mexican Revolution times, a guerrilla general (Armendáriz) and his troops take the conservative town of Cholula, near by Mexico City. As the revolutionaries mistreat the town's riches, ... See full summary »
The film opens with a Ravi Varma like tableau showing King Harishchandra, his wife Taramati and his young son. The king is teaching his son archery. They go on a hunt. The king enters an ... See full summary »
Dhundiraj Govind Phalke
Bhalachandra D. Phalke
Called by the Mexican President himself, and in spite of a heart condition, young teacher Rosaura Salazar travels to the deserted town of Rio Escondido to accomplish the mission of bringing... See full summary »
Carlos López Moctezuma,
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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