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,
The Mexican Revolution is on its way when six brave peasants, known as "Los Leones de San Pablo", decide to join Pancho Villa's army and help end the suffering in their community by ... See full summary »
Fernando de Fuentes
Antonio R. Frausto,
Quino is a Mexican diver who discovers a pearl at the bottom of the sea. He and his wife Juana, and their son have just taken possession of a pearl that is worth thousands. Everyday people ... See full summary »
María Elena Marqués,
Poor, hungry peasant Macario longs for just one good meal on the Day of the Dead. After his wife cooks a turkey for him, he meets three apparitions, the Devil, God, and Death. Each asks him... See full summary »
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 »
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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 »
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 »
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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