An illiterate Indian (Ignacio Lopez Tarso) lives an idyllic existence as a landowner on Mexico's Gulf Coast until the greed of a US oil company gets in the way. He is murdered and the lives... See full summary »

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Jacinto Yáñez
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Georgette (as Christiane Martell)
Reinhold Olszewski ...
Robert G. Kollenz
Rita Macedo ...
Carmen López de Yáñez
Begoña Palacios ...
Lupe
Carlos Fernández ...
Domingo
John Kelly ...
Abner
Luis Beristáin ...
Lic. Pérez
Tony Carbajal ...
Pedro Friguillo (as Antonio Carbajal)
Alejandro Ciangherotti ...
Gobernador estado de Veracruz
Fernando Wagner ...
Von Allpenstock
Katherine Welsh ...
Aida, secretaria de Kollenz (as Katherine Walsh)
Claudio Brook ...
Cónsul de México
George Neale
Pedro Galván
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An illiterate Indian (Ignacio Lopez Tarso) lives an idyllic existence as a landowner on Mexico's Gulf Coast until the greed of a US oil company gets in the way. He is murdered and the lives of all those around him are irrevocably destroyed as the company takes over the land by crooked means. Based on the novel by B.Traven. Written by Michel Snider <baco@earthlink.net>

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Began filming in January 1961 but was banned from being shown in theaters by the Mexican Goverment, which was uncomfortable with the film's subject matter, it was finally released in 1972. See more »

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Powerful Film about Social Consequences of Oil
9 March 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Many countries face the challenges of oil reserves; they benefit from the money they gain, but pay a severe social cost for having oil. Mexico is not an exception to this rule, and the struggle of one family's fight against an oil company is masterfully depicted in La Rosa Blanca.

The acting, while a bit stylized, is quite good. (The film employed the services of some of Mexico's best actors of the time). Additionally, Roberto Gavaldon employs the use of two languages in the dialouge to create the disconnect necessary to understand the difficulties faced by Jacinto Yañez and his family.

La Rosa Blanca, directed by Roberto Gavaldon, is an exquisite work featuring cinematography by the illustrious Gabriel Figueroa. Originally completed in 1961, it was canned for eleven years because of its highly political nature. Mexico was suffering from the effects of a boom and bust oil economy during the early 1960s, therefore making its subject matter sensitive. It has often been mischaracterized as being anti-American: it is not. The film is, however, against the exploitative nature of oil corporations, a poignant fact that has significant value today.

My distaste for the final ten minutes of this film, where the film becomes a propaganda piece for the Mexican government, is the only reason this film does not get a ten.


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