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El libro de piedra (1969)

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A governess Julia comes to work in a bourgeois family that live in an afforested property that they have recently bought. Julia was to take care about little girl named Silvia, whose ... See full summary »

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Marga López ...
Joaquín Cordero ...
Norma Lazareno ...
Aldo Monti ...
Lucy Buj ...
Rafael Llamas ...
Ada Carrasco ...
Lilia Castillo ...
Herminia (as Lilia Richars)
Manuel Dondé ...
Jorge Mateos ...
Miguel Gómez Checa ...
Eduardo MacGregor ...
Fabián (as Eduardo Mc.Gregor)
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A governess Julia comes to work in a bourgeois family that live in an afforested property that they have recently bought. Julia was to take care about little girl named Silvia, whose unusual demeanor may find its roots in the family garden. Written by Mario

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18 July 1969 (Mexico)  »

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The Book of Stone  »

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The discreet terror or the bourgeoisie

From what I had read about "El libro de piedra", I thought it was a forgotten or neglected masterpiece, but I was very disappointed when the word "Fin" appeared (at last!) on the screen. Though not a long film it seemed an endless exercise on slow tempo, miscasting, and very silly dialogue, from a story that seems to take quite a lot from Jack Clayton's "The Innocents", from a Henry James story. Marga López plays the new governess of Silvia (Lucy Buj), a girl who is under the influence of the spirit of Hugo, an Austrian child, whose statue stands on a pedestal in the forest surrounding the villa of her widower father (Joaquín Cordero, stiffer than Hugo's statue). Silvia refers to Hugo as a secret friend, and her young stepmother (Norma Lazareno, sporting a different hair-do for every scene) is uncertain if the little girl has seen the boy, but everybody else looks the other way: her father believes Silvia is crazy, and the servants think she is evil. To tell the truth, there are few evidences that something wrong is going on (which means that there are almost no supernatural scenes). Then Silvia mentions the magic words "black magic", and actions to solve the mystery are taken by the governess and the girl's godfather (Aldo Monti, as an artist who seems out of a fashion show, and who wears white trousers while painting). During most of the film, López is the unifying element, and —although her acting style may be called "old school"— she plays a character one is willing to follow. In the second half, she receives good support from Monti, who also brings a much-needed sense of humor to the story, while it becomes unnerving to listen to Cordero's frequent and ignorant complaints about his daughter, or to watch Lazareno abusing the child. I am an admirer of Mexican horror films, but I prefer when the acting is over the top, the stories flirt with grand guignol, and the budgets are smaller. Give me "El vampiro", "La momia azteca", or "Santo contra las mujeres vampiro", and I will be happier than with these stories of terrified bourgeois characters.


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