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Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante) (1962)

Animas Trujano is a colorful but irresponsible Indian in a small Mexican village. He hopes above all things someday to be chosen mayordomio of his village, a place of great honor usually ... See full summary »

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Ánimas Trujano (as Toshiro Mifune)
Columba Domínguez ...
Juana
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Catalina
Pepe Romay ...
Pedrito (as Pepito Romay)
Titina Romay ...
Dorotea
Amado Zumaya ...
Compadre
José Chávez ...
Brujo
Luis Aragón ...
Tendero
Juan Carlos Pulido ...
Belarmino
Magda Monzón
Jaime J. Pons ...
Carrizo
David Reynoso ...
Criton
Eduardo Fajardo ...
El Español
Antonio Aguilar ...
Tadeo
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Animas Trujano is a colorful but irresponsible Indian in a small Mexican village. He hopes above all things someday to be chosen mayordomio of his village, a place of great honor usually conferred upon the wealthiest and most respected citizens. Animas has a loyal wife, but cheats on her and gambles away every cent they raise. Chances arise for Animas to turn over a new leaf and even hope realistically for the honor of mayordomio. But will Animas behave responsibly enough to take advantage of these opportunities? Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Oaxacan Morality Play
22 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A staggering performance from Toshiro Mifune anchors this Oaxacan morality play. Despite delivering his lines in phonetic Spanish and being dubbed over, Mifune delivers a moving depiction of a drunken, lazy, horny, gambling hedonist. A part that might have been highly offensive if cast differently.

In some ways, this is reminiscent of what Boorman did with Mifune and Marvin years later for Hell in the Pacific. But in this case, Mifune is often carrying the scene entirely alone. The village locale is beautiful, but the realities of patronage, social status, gender and the role of religion are not ignored.

Ismael Rodriguez probably would have won the Oscar for this, were he not up against Bergman. A shame, as the Oaxacan author of the novel it is based on had died the year before. It has been released on a subtitled DVD, but in a horrible pan & scan of a Scope film.


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