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The Castle of Purity (1973)

El castillo de la pureza (original title)
| Drama | April 1974 (USA)
The story of a disciplined and sexually driven man who keeps his family isolated in his home for years to protect them from the "evil nature" of human beings while inventing (with his wife)... See full summary »

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Arturo Ripstein
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Cast

Credited cast:
Claudio Brook ... Gabriel Lima
Rita Macedo ... Beatriz
Arturo Beristáin Arturo Beristáin ... Porvenir
Diana Bracho ... Utopía
Gladys Bermejo Gladys Bermejo ... Voluntad
David Silva ... Inspector
María Rojo ... Young at store
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
María Barber María Barber ... neighbor
Mario Castillón Bracho Mario Castillón Bracho ... Undercover cop (as Mario Castillón)
Andrea del Llano Andrea del Llano ... clerk II
María Guadalupe Delgado María Guadalupe Delgado ... (as María G. Delgado)
Alejandra Jiménez Alejandra Jiménez ... clerk III
Roberto Jiménez Roberto Jiménez ... Trash man
Osami Kawano Osami Kawano ... Yutaka
Cecilia Leger Cecilia Leger ... María Luisa
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The story of a disciplined and sexually driven man who keeps his family isolated in his home for years to protect them from the "evil nature" of human beings while inventing (with his wife) rat poison. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

April 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Based on a real life story. Brought to light by the press on July 25th 1959. See more »

Crazy Credits

End credits: The title of this film was taken from an Octavio's Paz essay. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Game Show Models (1977) See more »

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Mexican cinéaste Arturo Ripstein shows that a tyrant can read great philosophers as well as punish innocent people.
15 May 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Cinema and painting are different forms of art. While the former is a mode of telling stories, it can be said that the latter is a form of visually representing those stories. For an astute viewer, true cinematographic art is created when a film director is able to merge both these forms of art. It is with Castle of Purity/"El Castillo de la Pureza" that Mexican cinema auteur Arturo Ripstein has directed a film wherein one sees cinema being portrayed on a big screen as an art form. It can be said that through this film he has depicted that in some ways a director can also be a small scale painter. He has made great use of closed spaces and nature as each frame, each shot bears the mark of an accomplished painter. His film is about a strict yet hypocrite disciplinarian who would go to any length in order to enforce discipline. Sensible viewers would be able to relate to the film's theme as it is quite possible for people to find a cruel misanthrope in their midst. It is not a daily occurrence that one gets to see a film whose protagonist likens human beings to rats. Mexican actors Claudio Brook and Rita Macedo play important roles in this film. In 1995, on the occasion of 100 years of cinema, Variety International Film Guide asked its national correspondents to list their country's top 10 films. The name of Mexican film Castle of Purity "El Castillo de la Pureza" appeared in that important list. It has been universally hailed as the film which got its author Arturo Ripstein immense critical acclaim. Film critic Lalit Rao watched this film during 14th International Film Festival of Kerala 2009 at Trivandrum,India where a retrospective of Arturo Ripstein's films was organized.


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