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Macario (1960)

Poor, hungry peasant Macario longs for just one good meal on the Day of the Dead. After his wife cooks a turkey for him, he meets three apparitions, the Devil, God, and Death. Each asks him... See full summary »

Director:

Roberto Gavaldón

Writers:

B. Traven (story "The Third Guest"), Emilio Carballido (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Ignacio López Tarso ... Macario
Pina Pellicer ... Esposa de Macario
Enrique Lucero ... La muerte
Mario Alberto Rodríguez Mario Alberto Rodríguez ... Don Ramiro
José Gálvez ... El diablo
José Luis Jiménez José Luis Jiménez ... Dios
Eduardo Fajardo ... Virrey
Consuelo Frank ... Virreina
José Dupeyrón José Dupeyrón ... (as Jose Dupeiront)
Celia Tejeda Celia Tejeda ... Chona
Pepé y sus Marionetas Pepé y sus Marionetas
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Storyline

Poor, hungry peasant Macario longs for just one good meal on the Day of the Dead. After his wife cooks a turkey for him, he meets three apparitions, the Devil, God, and Death. Each asks him to share his turkey, but he refuses all except Death. In return, Death gives him a bottle of water which will heal any illness. Soon, Macario is more wealthy than the village doctor, which draws the attention of the feared Inquisition. Written by Elladan <elladan@eskimo.com>

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

9 June 1960 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Macario See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Clasa Films Mundiales See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Losely based on Brother Grimm's tale "The Death's Godson." See more »

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Referenced in Una familia de diez: La dieta (2007) See more »

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Charming morality tale
15 June 2015 | by Frances FarmerSee all my reviews

This film, set in colonial times, tells the tale of Macario, a destitute woodcutter who stumbles onto a magical source of healing power. He has a series of beautifully photographed adventures curing the sicknesses of the incurable in his tiny farming hamlet and the nearby town. As Macario's fame spreads, his wealth increases but his uncanny powers attract the wrong kind of attention, leading to a tragic denouement.

The powerless suffering of the poor, the boundless greed of the rich and of the poor alike, the eternal desire to cheat death and squeeze a few more drops out of this life -- these timeless themes are all operative here to good effect. This is not a subtle movie, and it is rather dated in its characterizations and its moralizing. Even so, the acting is competent and the plot engaging. There are some stunning scenes that combine with the first-rate cinematography to make the film lovely to look at.

If this rarely screened movie comes your way, I recommend that you take the opportunity to view it.


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