Maria Candelaria

Maria Candelaria

Director: Emilio Fernandez

Cast: Dolores Del Rio, Pedro Armendariz, Beatriz Ramos

     
 
The title character is a young woman (Dolores DelRio) who is shunned by local townsfolk because her mother once posed naked for an artist and was stoned to death because of the incident. She must consider the consequences while making a similar choice.

Overview

The title character is a young woman (Dolores DelRio) who is shunned by local townsfolk because her mother once posed naked for an artist and was stoned to death because of the incident. She must consider the consequences while making a similar choice.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Emilio Fernandez, Mexico's greatest director of its golden age, had perhaps his biggest success with the love story Maria Candelaria. A very '40s look at both racism against Indians in Mexico and social ostracism, Maria Candelaria is the story of a beautiful woman who is forced to live in solitude because of her mother's sins, while a local thug makes her life even more miserable by lording his power over her. This is a polished, smoothly told film that reflects a director who has mastered studio storytelling at its finest, and Fernandez is aided considerably by the gorgeous black-and-white cinematography of Gabriel Figueroa. From a cinematic standpoint, Figueroa is the real star, and if he is occasionally guilty of overshadowing the film, the images are so breathtaking that it is easily forgivable. Dolores Del Rio and Pedro Armendariz, two of Mexico's biggest stars, are ideally cast as the lovers fighting for a better life in the best fashion of melodrama, and both are classic screen idols who dominate the movie. Miguel Inclan is also fun as the racist thug, sneering in the best style of movie villainy. The boat rides are so beautifully shot that they leave a lasting imprint, and the scene where the Western doctor and traditional doctor argue over conflicting methods is priceless. There is also the great climax where the torch-carrying villagers chase Maria through the cornstalks and somehow the stalks don't catch fire. Maria Candelaria is among Mexico's most famous and beloved films; it is also first-class entertainment.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2007
UPC:
0878224000522
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Grupo Nuevo Imagen
Region Code:
14
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:42:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dolores Del Rio Maria Candelaria
Pedro Armendariz Lorenzo Rafael
Beatriz Ramos Reporter
Miguel Inclan Don Damian
Alberto Galan El Pinfor
Margarita Cortes Lupe
Lupe Garnica Model
Arturo Soto Rangel Doctor
José Torvay Policeman (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Emilio Fernandez Director,Screenwriter
Jorge Bustos Editor
Francisco Dominguez Score Composer
Jorge Fernandez Production Designer
Gabriel Figueroa Cinematographer
Agustin J. Fink Producer
Mauricio Magdaleno Screenwriter
Armando Valdez Peza Costumes/Costume Designer
Gloria Schoemann Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Maria Candelaria
1. Chapter 1 [11:39]
2. Chapter 2 [12:48]
3. Chapter 3 [11:48]
4. Chapter 4 [12:04]
5. Chapter 5 [13:13]
6. Chapter 6 [8:58]
7. Chapter 7 [15:54]
8. Chapter 8 [10:33]

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