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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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Aspect Ratio:

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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Yanco! How great thou art IMDb!
1 April 2008 | by hughmoreSee all my reviews

Oh my, how great to find this little review of Yanco. I saw this movie back in 1960-something. Here in Philadelphia we had a number of small art-house "cinemas" and the leading one, in terms of daring and originality was called the Bandbox, on Armat Street in Germantown. It had a rowdy bar next door and you could hear R&B music coming through the walls while you sat and watched those great old B&W films like Seventh Seal, Freaks, Ninotchka. In the case of Yanco, I have been haunted ever since I first saw it. I have never met anyone else since who recollects having seen it. I want to see it again. Certain visuals have stayed with me all through these years. Thank you to the reviewer who briefly discussed this. You revived my memory. I've always wondered, If the movie was so great, why have I never heard of it since? To say more might be spoiling part of the plot, because I do not remember the sequence in which the images I remember happened. Wonderful movie. Thanks.

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