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El infierno de todos tan temido (1981)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manuel Ojeda ... Jacinto Chontal
Diana Bracho ... Andrea
Delia Casanova ... Mariana
Jorge Humberto Robles ... Octavio
Noé Murayama ... Hermano Chete
Gabriel Retes ... Rulo
Jorge Victoria Jorge Victoria ... Enfermero
Ignacio Retes Ignacio Retes ... Dr. Morales
Roberto Dumont Roberto Dumont ... Enfermero
Héctor Godoy Héctor Godoy ... Ingeniero Paredes
Lina Montes Lina Montes ... Madre Martina
José Nájera José Nájera ... Jefe de Jacinto
Abel Woolrich Abel Woolrich ... Alberto
Isabela Corona ... Calandria
Leonor Llausás ... Mujer secuestrada


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10 September 1981 (Mexico) See more »

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Who is crazy?
9 February 2003 | by Rodolfo Soriano NúñezSee all my reviews

The movie tells the story of a poet who suffers from several addictions. At some point he ends up at an institution where he is submitted to the traditional psychiatric approach with yet more drugs, reclusion, and electric shocks. One thread of the story goes around the crisis of the Mexican cultural establishment at the end of the 70's. The movie presents a severe criticism of the national-revolutionary forms of art (the murals and frescoes of Diego Rivera will be the best examples of such "official" art) while critiquing the equally oppressive psychiatric and political establishments, with some marginal references to the role of the Church, represented by the nuns in the psychiatric institution, which in real life do not work in the Mexican public health system. The mental patients are portrayed as more reflexive and "democratic" than the doctors and all the other figures of authority who, for the most part, only try to silence and punish those labelled as mental patients, alcoholics, or drug addicts. The social and political criticism, however, goes along the lines of the most traditional Marxism of the 1970's, which seems kind of outmoded now, but provides a good portrait of how the Mexican cultural elites were at that time.

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