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macario 1

by Allan Fish

(Mexico 1960 91m) not on DVD

When we’re born we’re carrying our death

p  Armando Orive Alba  d  Roberto Gavaldón  w  Emilio Carballido, Roberto Gavaldón  story  “The Third Guest” by B.Traven  ph  Gabriel Figueroa  ed  Gloria Schoeman  m  Raul Lavista  art  Manuel Fontanals

Ignacio López Tarso (Macario), Pina Pelicer (his wife), Enrique Lucero (Death), Mario Alberto Rodriguez (Don Ramiro), José Gálvez (the devil), José Luis Jiminéz (archangel), Eduardo Fajardo (Virrey), Celia Tejeda (Chona), Consuelo Frank (Virreina), Alicia del Lago (Viuda), Miguel Arenas (inquisitor),

Macario is generally the first Roberto Gavaldón film people get to see, but I only got to it after seeing his melodrama In the Palm of Your Hand, a faintly Hitchockian piece which gave Alberto de Cordoba another chance to shine.  Not a great film, but by a director with one in him, and Macario is that film.  It’s not an easy film, however, in that it is in essence that most problematic of tales, a parable.  It focuses around the Mexican ritual of Day of the Dead, that bizarre hybrid of Pagan and misdirected Christianity where the rich have their own place in the dead world and the poor theirs, totally belying the words of that pesky Christ; what’s he got to do with it, after all?  Yet it’s a tale that could have been told by Christ at Cana just as easily as unfold as it does in colonial Mexico.  (more…)

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