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Ash Wednesday (1958)

Miércoles de ceniza (original title)
| Drama, War | 1959 (USA)
A prostitute falls in love with an older man, who was a young priest during the Cristero War in Mexico in 1926-29.


Roberto Gavaldón
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Cast overview, first billed only:
María Félix ... Victoria Rivas
Arturo de Córdova ... Dr. Federico Lamadrid
Víctor Junco ... José Antonio
María Teresa Rivas María Teresa Rivas ... Elvira
Rodolfo Landa Rodolfo Landa ... El Violador
Andrea Palma ... Rosa, amiga de Victoria
María Rivas ... Silvia
David Reynoso ... Enrique, coronel
Luis Aragón Luis Aragón ... General cristero
Consuelo Guerrero de Luna ... Mujer del burdel
Arturo Soto Rangel ... Notario
Arturo Castro 'Bigotón' Arturo Castro 'Bigotón' ... Borracho en burdel
Enrique García Álvarez ... Padre González
Enrique del Castillo Enrique del Castillo ... Capitán
Carlos Fernández Carlos Fernández ... Carlos


A prostitute falls in love with an older man, who was a young priest during the Cristero War in Mexico in 1926-29.

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Drama | War

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Mexico's Answer to Joan Crawford
19 March 2004 | by dglinkSee all my reviews

Although some of the early scenes were filmed with striking black and white compositions, as the story unfolds, the film's style devolves into that of a standard glossy melodrama. However, the overwrought drama, whose title translates as "Ash Wednesday," has been done in style, and it is reminiscent of Hollywood's golden age of "women's pictures." This tale of unrequited love and retribution is told against an interesting backdrop of early 20th century Mexican history when Roman Catholic clerics and nuns were persecuted and anti-Catholic feelings ran high. The central character, Victoria, is a strong woman who carries a hatred for clerics from a devastating incident in her youth. Lana Turner or Joan Crawford would have chewed scenery in the part and probably have chewed Maria Felix to get the role. However, Maria Felix suffers and hates and wears high fashion with the best of Hollywood's leading ladies, and she has an elegance, beauty, and talent of her own that dominate the film. None of the male actors makes an impression, and the object of her supposed unrequited love elicits no visible sparks, which leaves the viewer mystified as to why she is attracted to him, especially when two younger and better looking men are interested in her. However, if you love Joan Crawford movies of the 40s and 50s, then you might want to wallow in this one. Note: the DVD is in Spanish with NO English subtitles.

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1959 (USA) See more »

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Aschermittwoch See more »

Filming Locations:

Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

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