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María Candelaria (Xochimilco) (1944)

Approved | | Romance, Drama | 11 September 1944 (USA)
In Xochimilco 1909, María Candelaria and Lorenzo Rafael long for getting married but the odds are against them. Maria Candelaria is segregated for being a prostitute's child and the couple ... See full summary »

Director:

Emilio Fernández
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dolores del Rio ... María Candelaria
Pedro Armendáriz ... Lorenzo Rafael
Alberto Galán Alberto Galán ... El Pintor
Margarita Cortés Margarita Cortés ... Lupe
Miguel Inclán ... Don Damian
Beatriz Ramos Beatriz Ramos ... Reporter
Rafael Icardo ... Priest
Julio Ahuet Julio Ahuet ... Jose Alfonso
Lupe del Castillo Lupe del Castillo ... Bone-doctor (as Guadalupe del Castillo)
Lupe Inclán Lupe Inclán ... Gossip
Salvador Quiroz Salvador Quiroz ... Judge
Nieves Nieves ... Model
Elda Loza Elda Loza ... Model
Lupe Garnica Lupe Garnica ... Model
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Storyline

In Xochimilco 1909, María Candelaria and Lorenzo Rafael long for getting married but the odds are against them. Maria Candelaria is segregated for being a prostitute's child and the couple faces the greed of Mr. Damian, the town's shop owner who secretly desires Maria. When Maria falls sick with Malaria, Lorenzo Rafael steals a quinine bottle from Damian's shop, unleashing tragedy for the lovers. Written by Raul Ortega

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mexican | native american | See All (2) »

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Una sublime historia de amor

Genres:

Romance | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

11 September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Portrait of Maria See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Films Mundiales See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in Una familia de diez: El abuelo se va a morir (2007) See more »

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the best! a must see film
14 October 2003 | by cyn_duncanSee all my reviews

At first, it seems like this is going to be another standard melodrama, but within 10 minutes, you know that you're seeing really great actors at work in a very important film. Pedro Armendariz and Dolores del Rio are larger than life, absolutely perfect characters who love each other so sweetly and purely it makes everything else you've ever seen seem small in comparison. The photography is breathtaking, and the Mexico they live in - the floating gardens of Xochimilco at the turn of the century- is the stuff myths are made of. Of course there is conflict and drama and tragedy running all through the film, but the characters are so noble you can't feel sorry for them, no matter how badly they're treated. No one ever said this is supposed to be a realistic movie, but it certainly delivers an emotional jolt. It makes you not only fall in love with Maria Candelaria and Lorenzo Rafael, but with Mexico. It's like watching a beautiful dream unfold. No wonder so many Mexicans still mention this as their absolutely all time favorite film. Put it at the top of the list of films to see if you want to know more about Mexico's golden age of cinema.


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