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Yanco (1961)

The engaging and sentimental tale begins when the little boy (Ricardo Ancona) starts manifesting a greater and greater talent at music and at the same time, a super-sensitivity to sounds. ... See full summary »


Servando González


Servando González (idea, essay), Jesús Marín (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Ricardo Ancona Ricardo Ancona ... Juanito
Jesús Medina Jesús Medina ... Old Man
María Bustamante María Bustamante ... Maria


The engaging and sentimental tale begins when the little boy (Ricardo Ancona) starts manifesting a greater and greater talent at music and at the same time, a super-sensitivity to sounds. His overly astute hearing drives him into the woods and away from the cacophony of the town's hustle and bustle. Once in the woods, he meets a kindly old hermit who teaches him how to play the violin he made. After the old man dies, the violin ends up at a pawn shop, and each night the boy sneaks in to play it in secret. It is this haunting, nightly music that sets the town on edge -- people think an evil spirit is on the loose.

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Winner of 16 International Feature Film Festival Awards








Nahuatl | Spanish

Release Date:

17 June 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lumottu viulu See more »

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Producciones Yanco See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie's negatives and original rolls were almost burned by Union members, since the director was not part of the "Mexican movie workers union" in 1961. El negativo y versión original de esta cinta estuvieron a punto de ser quemados, ya que el director no era miembro del sindicato STPC en 1961. See more »

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An artistic marvel from Mexico
21 July 2004 | by telepinus1525See all my reviews

I've been waiting for a long time for this movie to be listed here. Caught it around 11 p.m. a LONG time ago on channel 9, KHJ-TV in Los Angeles, before it became KCAL(talk about dating yourself). I only saw it the one time, but, darnit, this should be seen by anyone who considers going into directing. The story of a young boy growing up in a contemporary Mexican village, who has an almost disabling sensitivity to any loud noise, who desperately seeks some outlet--any outlet--for his budding musical talent and finds it with help from an old man who lives on the outskirts of town and plays a haunting violin...well, they don't make them like that here, nowadays. The film's beguiling story line, the sedate, almost ethereal pace, together with an almost complete lack of spoken dialogue is a standing challenge for any budding filmmaker up here in El Norte to match what he did. If you see it in you local listings, PLEASE set your VCR. You'll be glad you did.

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