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La monja alférez (1944)

A 17th century woman, imprisoned for fighting in a bar, recounts her past to a priest. She tells of her father teaching her how to fence, of being sent to a convent by her aunt when her ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Catalina Erauso 'La Monja Alférez' / Don Alonso
Ángel Garasa ... Roger
... Juan de Aguirre
... Elvira
José Pidal ... Don César, canónigo
... Doña Úrsula
Paco Fuentes ... Don Miguel de Erauso
Eugenia Galindo ... Doña Cristina
Esther Luquín ... Beatriz
Maruja Grifell ... Reverenda madre
José Goula ... Don Claudio
Lauro Benítez ... Don Indalecio
Jesús Valero ... Sacerdote
Manuel Sánchez Navarro ... Don Diego Fernández de Córdova, Virrey del Peru (as M. Sanchez Navarro)
Enrique García Álvarez ... Don Ignacio de Aguirre (as E. Garcia Alvarez)
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A 17th century woman, imprisoned for fighting in a bar, recounts her past to a priest. She tells of her father teaching her how to fence, of being sent to a convent by her aunt when her father died, of escaping by dressing as a man, and of her life as a man following the escape. Written by Geoffrey Skinner <gskinner@sulmail.stanford.edu>

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4 May 1945 (USA)  »

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The Life and Love of a Beautiful Woman
11 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

Shot the way opera used to be directed - the actors stand and deliver in articulate and gorgeous Spanish. Felix is radiantly beautiful, at least as much as Hedy Lamarr. The photography is b/w with many a shadow and lots of good tonal variation. And if the thespian style is a bit on the raised eyebrow school, that's okay, for it's just so beautiful to hear and look at (which is good - for there are no subtitles on our version). Of course she no more resembles a young man than I do Marilyn Monroe, but that's another operatic convention easily accepted. The minor roles are amusing and well smirked. All in all, an enjoyable costume drama set in colonial Peru, with duels, convents, disguises, flights, flashbacks, and plenty to show off Mexico's leading lady.


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