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Two Monks (1934)

Dos monjes (original title)
In a Gothic-styled monastery, a monk named Javier sees the face of another monk, Juan, and suddenly attempts to bludgeon him to death with a heavy crucifix. Both men then relate their own ... See full summary »

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Juan Bustillo Oro
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Cast

Cast overview:
Víctor Urruchúa Víctor Urruchúa ... Juan
Carlos Villatoro Carlos Villatoro ... Javier
Magda Haller ... Ana
Beltrán de Heredia Beltrán de Heredia ... Prior
Emma Roldán ... Gertrudis
Alberto Miquel Alberto Miquel
Manuel Noriega Manuel Noriega
Manuel Bernaldez Manuel Bernaldez
José Cortés José Cortés
Conchita Gentil Arcos
Hugo Taboada Hugo Taboada
Sofía Haller Sofía Haller
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In a Gothic-styled monastery, a monk named Javier sees the face of another monk, Juan, and suddenly attempts to bludgeon him to death with a heavy crucifix. Both men then relate their own versions of a story of romantic rivalry between them. Javier, a consumptive musician, fell in love with and was betrothed to Anita. When his old friend Juan appeared, he was ecstatic. But soon, it seemed that Juan was making a play for Anita. When Javier found them in an apparently compromising position, a tussle ensued, and Anita was accidentally shot and killed. The two versions of the story differ significantly in Juan's motivations and in the details of Anita's death. Both men later became monks, leading to their latest encounter. As Juan begins to recover from the blow, Javier is subjected to horrific hallucinations. Written by goblinhairedguy

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

20 January 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Monks See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Production Co:

Proa Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Anticipates for 16 years to [Rashomon (1950)] in using the "different point of view" narrative technique. See more »

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Several Familiar Narrative Threads in an Unfamiliar Setting
10 July 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

A plot device that has been played both for comedy ('The Caucasian Chalk Circle') and melodrama ('Days of Heaven') is here combined with the narrative twist usually attributed to 'Rashomon', although it actually dates back well into the silent era; at least as early as John Stahl's 'The Woman Under Oath' (1919).

Directed for all its worth by Juan Bustillo Oro with abrupt optical wipes and dollies rather creakily executed with the rather basic facilities available to him; it boasts an extraordinary hallucination sequence near the end for which all the cast wear masks.


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