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...And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him (1995)

| Drama | 5 May 1995 (USA)
Marcos is a lad in Texas, the second son of a migrant farmworker family, his brother is missing in the Korean war. We travel with the family into Minnesota, following the crops. The housing... See full summary »

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Jose Alcala ...
Marcos
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Florentina
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Lalo
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Joaquin
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Doña Rosa
Daniel Valdez ...
Bartolo
Evelyn Guerrero ...
Lupita
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Don Cleto
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El Mohado
Miguel Rodríguez ...
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Julian
James Jude Courtney ...
Carpenter
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Father Josef (as Gregory Giles)
Sara Harris ...
Nun
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Marcos is a lad in Texas, the second son of a migrant farmworker family, his brother is missing in the Korean war. We travel with the family into Minnesota, following the crops. The housing is awful, sometimes the boss furnishes no water as the hands labor, and TB goes untreated. In good times the pay is $15 a day for adults, half that for children. For a few sordid weeks, his parents leave him in the care of a corrupt couple, he's expelled from school for hitting back, and he finds solace in a graveyard. As his parents long for their missing son, as folks gather around a local troubadour for songs of romance, comedy, and heartbreak, Marcos observes and remembers. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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a haunting remembrance of Chicano family life in the 1950s

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...y no se lo tragó la tierra  »

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an eye-opening story about migrant farmworkers
7 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie ". . . And The Earth Did not Swallow Him," based on the book by Tomas Rivera, is an eye-opening movie for most people. It talks about the exploitation that migrant farmworkers go through in order to survive.

Sergio Perez uses impressionistic techniques to depict Rivera's story. He uses sienna and gray-scale effects to depict some of the scenes, and he uses specific photographic techniques to make the scenes look like they took place in the 1950s.

Perez also gives life to the film by using time-appropriate music, including balladeering and guitar playing.

I feel that it is a good film to view because it shows in detail how migrant farmworkers live, what they do for entertainment, and their beliefs.


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