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Jacinto Yáñez
Christiane Martel ...
Georgette (as Christiane Martell)
Reinhold Olszewski ...
Robert G. Kollenz
Rita Macedo ...
Carmen López de Yáñez
Begoña Palacios ...
Lupe
Carlos Fernández ...
Domingo
John Kelly ...
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Luis Beristáin ...
Lic. Pérez
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Pedro Friguillo (as Antonio Carbajal)
Alejandro Ciangherotti ...
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Fernando Wagner ...
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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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A film about the time before Mexican Oil Expropiation.
7 December 2006 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

La Rosa Blanca, based on the novel by B. Traven, belongs to a long list of Mexican movie titles that unfortunately and for different means were "enlatadas". In this case, Gerardo de la Torre, novelist and script writer, that presented the film a few years ago within a festival dedicated to forbidden movies, tells us that the real reasons behind the banning were not the usual political matters to which we are used in our country, but to the scenes that Christiane Martel, future wife of Miguelito Alemán, son of former president of México, did in the film. Nothing outrageous for our time, nevertheless, owner of delightful breasts, she pours herself in a seductive and erotic way, unveiling the stupor of the correct minds of the epoch.

The movie, on the contrary, is extremely didactic around the causes that lead to the Mexican Oil Expropiation of 1938, decreed by President Lázaro Cárdenas. It shows the predatory ways of the foreign industry involved in the exploitation of natural resources in México, and it was in accordance with the nationalist "priism" speech of the era to which both of the names above worked for. It's a great cinematographic piece, that must be seen by the last Mexican generations, so consumed by neo liberal and globalization slogans.


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