Salon Mexico: The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema

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Ciclo BFI Julio 2-31, 2019

“There only exists one Mexico: the one I invented.” Emilio Fernández

While Hollywood was in its studio-era heyday, south of the border another film industry was enjoying a Golden Age of its own. Mexican cinema dazzled between the 1930s and the 50s, with each new year bringing classic films from directors such as Emilio Fernández, Julio Bracho and Roberto Gavaldón; films that ranged from epic tales of revolution to uniquely Mexican takes on Gothic horror, and from lurid noirs every bit as hardbitten as those made in Hollywood to Mexican cabareteras – a genre that fused music, dance and melodrama to thrilling effect. Lighting up the screen, and captivating audiences across Latin America, were luminous figures such as María Félix, Dolores del Río, Pédro Armendáriz and Ninón Sevilla – stars who were immortalised through the breathtaking cinematography of masters like Gabriel Figueroa.

James Bell

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1. Victims of Sin (1951)

90 min | Drama, Musical, Crime

In México City, a Cuban dancer from "Cabaret Changó" rescues a baby from a garbage can and decides to raise him, but her pachuco pimp gets in her way.

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: Ninón Sevilla, Tito Junco, Rodolfo Acosta, Rita Montaner

Votes: 221

2. The Other One (1946)

98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Dolores Del Rio plays a dual role as identical twins - one good and one bad.

Director: Roberto Gavaldón | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Agustín Irusta, Víctor Junco, José Baviera

Votes: 223

3. The Woman of the Port (1934)

76 min | Drama

Rosario (Palma) becomes a prostitute after losing her father and discovering her boyfriend had a liaison with another woman. In Veracruz, Rosario lives above a sordid cabaret "selling her ... See full summary »

Directors: Arcady Boytler, Raphael J. Sevilla | Stars: Andrea Palma, Domingo Soler, Francisco Zárraga, Joaquín Busquets

Votes: 302

4. Enamorada (1946)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Romance, War

During the Mexican Revolution, a macho rebel general falls in love with the independent-minded daughter of an aristocrat in the town he is occupying.

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: María Félix, Pedro Armendáriz, Fernando Fernández, José Morcillo

Votes: 614

5. Two Monks (1934)

85 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In a Gothic-styled monastery, a monk named Javier sees the face of another monk, Juan, and suddenly attempts to bludgeon him to death with a heavy crucifix. Both men then relate their own ... See full summary »

Director: Juan Bustillo Oro | Stars: Víctor Urruchúa, Carlos Villatoro, Magda Haller, Beltrán de Heredia

Votes: 132

6. Another Dawn (1943)

108 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

The disaffected wife of a failed civil servant, is thrilled to re-encounter Octavio, a former lover who is now a union activist on the run from a corrupt politician. Hoping to help him, she... See full summary »

Director: Julio Bracho | Stars: Andrea Palma, Pedro Armendáriz, Alberto Galán, Narciso Busquets

Votes: 212

7. Twilight (1945)

108 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A brilliant surgeon is dazed and feels he can no longer operate. Told in flashback, we find his troubles began with a woman.

Director: Julio Bracho | Stars: Arturo de Córdova, Gloria Marín, Julio Villarreal, Manuel Arvide

Votes: 102

8. Salón México (1949)

95 min | Crime, Drama

Mercedes (Marga Lopez) dances for money with the clients of Salon Mexico, a famous cabaret in Mexico City. Her younger sister Beatriz (Derbez) studies in an expensive private school, paid ... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: Marga López, Miguel Inclán, Rodolfo Acosta, Roberto Cañedo

Votes: 399

9. Aventurera (1950)

101 min | Drama, Musical

Left alone after her mother runs off with another man and her father kills himself, Elena attempts to make a new life for herself in a new city. Believing he's a friend, Elena goes to ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Gout | Stars: Ninón Sevilla, Tito Junco, Andrea Palma, Rubén Rojo

Votes: 493

10. In the Palm of Your Hand (1951)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A fortune teller blackmails a beautiful widow whose husband has recently died.

Director: Roberto Gavaldón | Stars: Arturo de Córdova, Leticia Palma, Ramón Gay, Consuelo Guerrero de Luna

Votes: 181

11. Maclovia (1948)

TV-PG | 105 min | Drama, Romance

On a small Mexican island dwells a group of Indians who live in the traditional manner and who disdain outsiders. The beautiful Maclovia and the poverty-stricken Jose Maria are in love, but... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: María Félix, Pedro Armendáriz, Carlos López Moctezuma, Columba Domínguez

Votes: 119

12. Macario (1960)

91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Poor, hungry peasant Macario longs for just one good meal on the Day of the Dead. After his wife cooks a turkey for him, he meets three apparitions, the Devil, God, and Death. Each asks him... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Gavaldón | Stars: Ignacio López Tarso, Pina Pellicer, Enrique Lucero, Mario Alberto Rodríguez

Votes: 2,269

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