A French psychologist investigates about famous suicidal women. She finds the case of Antonieta Rivas Mercado, a Mexican writer who died inside Paris' Notre Dame in 1931. To follow the ...
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Fernando Fernán Gómez
A French psychologist investigates about famous suicidal women. She finds the case of Antonieta Rivas Mercado, a Mexican writer who died inside Paris' Notre Dame in 1931. To follow the investigation she travels to Mexico to reveal her life.Written by
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Thought-provoking portrayal of Antonieta Rivas Mercado during the violent and overlong Mexican revolution
Biographic story of her life was set to shoot in this film , Antonieta , by Spanish director Carlos Saura . The interesting story of Antonieta Rivas Mercado (Isabelle Adjani ) is set during one of the bloodiest eras of Mexican history , being narrated under a peculiar sight point , as a psychologist called Anna (Hanna Schygulla ) investigates deeply her history and comes to Mexico to learn more about her and the Mexican fascination with death.
Antonia Rivas Mercado's biography is told by a modern French psychologist who is really intrigued about her troblesome life . The film packs some very engaging archival footage of the Mexican Revolution , and essential participation by the revolutionary women named ¨Adelitas¨ . Including important details , such as : the North uprising against Porfirio Diaz led by Orozco and by Emiliano Zapata in South Mexico . Later on , Madero's government , being murdered by General Huertas , and Carranza's upheaval against Huertas with Pancho Villa in North Mexico and Emiliano Zapata in South Mexico . And in 1928 President Obregón was assassinated in Guanajuato . Main cast formed by two great European actresses : Isabelle Adjani and Hanna Schygulla give decent performances . Supported by a good and mostly Mexican secondary cast , such as : Carlos Bracho as Vasconcelos , Gonzalo Vega , Victor Junco , Diana Bracho , Héctor Alterio , uncredited Diego Luna and Ignacio López Tarso . Evocative musical score by José Antonio Zavala , includind South American sounds and the popular ¨Corridas¨ , along with songs titled La llorona , Himno a Cristo Rey , La cucaracha , La Adelita , El limoncito and La Valentina . Atmospheric cinematography by Teo Escamilla , Saura's regular . The motion picture was profesional , though slowly directed by Carlos Saura .
Adding more remarks about Antonieta life : Antonieta's father designed the Independence Monument, always known as El Ángel, and she is generally believed to have modeled for the angel which fell during the earthquake of 1957. She inherited a fortune when her father died in 1925. She was briefly married and had a son who later married an American woman who published a biography of Antonieta, Under the Shadow of the Angel. Rivas Mercado was born as the second of four children of the notable architect Antonio Rivas Mercado .Around 1910, during the Mexican revolution, her parents separated, and her mother moved together with Antonieta's older sister Alice to Paris, where they stayed until their return to Mexico in 1915 .Antonio Rivas Mercado refused to let his wife move back into the family's house, as a result of which Antonieta had to assume more responsibility at home. With her father's permission, at the age of 18, she married British-born, American-raised engineer Albert Edward Blair, and gave birth to their son Donald Antonio (Tonito) . During the time the young family lived in a ranch in the state of Durango, there were periods when Antonieta Rivas sought separation from Blair, but he did not consent, as a result of which she was sometimes depressed .She eventually moved to Mexico City and tried to file for divorce, and to obtain support for her son. In 1927, her father died, and Antonieta became responsible for the care of her parents' house and her siblings. She financed and promoted cultural projects of considerable relevance ; for example, she financed and became principally involved in the foundation of the Teatro Ulises, that broke with commercial theater in the Mexico of the time. Thanks to her encouragement, literary lounges were formed, and the Orquesta Sinfónica of Mexico City was formed. It was said that knowing Antonieta Rivas Mercado helped open the cultural doors in Mexico .Rivas Mercado wrote for the magazine Los Contemporáneos and the Spanish periodical El Sol. She fell hopelessly in love with her friend, the painter Manuel Rodríguez Lozano, an affection that was not reciprocated.In 1929, she had an affair with the politician José Vasconcelos, and later supported his electoral campaign. However, this love affair also proved to be fruitless, since Vasconcelos was married. In 1931, Antonieta followed Vasconcelos to Paris and, when rejected, shot herself at the altar of Notre Dame de Paris . In 1928 President Obregón was assassinated in Guanajuato. A popular former education minister, José Vasconcellos, launched a campaign for the presidency. Antonieta used her money to support the campaign and became his lover. Vasconcellos lost the election and went into Parisian exile and in1931 Antonieta followed him. She asked Vasconcelos if he needed her and, when he said he did not, used his gun to commit suicide in the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
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