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Splendid Mexican movie

10/10
Author: jm_cq from Mexico
16 June 2006

Gabriel Fiegueroa's photography is excellent and shows this rural story with his typical composition management, which makes every scene a beautiful theatrical piece.

Arturo De Cordova makes a social consequent doctor who makes his practice in a little rural community where moral and ethic situations constantly happens. Exhalted virility, macho conduct, sexual abuse, misogyny, and straight traditions are showed while urban-society makes a bigger difference every time with its rural counter-part.

Pretty good roles, and Mexican stars like Pedro Armendariz and Domingo Soler.

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Fine Rural Melodrama

8/10
Author: Edgar Soberon Torchia (estorchia@gmail.com) from Panama
3 January 2015

Moving melodrama about Dr. Alberto Robles, an idealistic city physician (Arturo de Córdova) living in a rural community ruled by macho customs and feudalistic landowners, who falls for Soledad, a peasant woman (Stella Inda, of "Los olvidados" fame). She loves him in turn, but their relationship is marked with abuse and violence from heavies Pedro Armendáriz and Carlos López Moctezuma. Director Roberto Gavaldón as usual makes a good work, although sometimes the Catholic sentimentality (best illustrated by the character of Father Juan and his children choir) is irritable, as well as the final "conscience-rising" speech by Dr. Robles to his city colleagues. Be wary of commercial copies that repeat some shots to cover missing fragments: though brief sometimes it feels as if the filmmakers had no footage to edit, which is not the case. I suppose that better copies of the film are non-existent, since a great fire destroyed negatives of many Mexican films in the vaults of Cineteca Nacional de México.

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