Tues. Jan. 15 Austin Film Screening: “Deseada”

Tuesday January 15 @ 7:00 pm
Alamo Ritz (320 E. 6th St)
Tickets available on the Austin Film Society website
Admission free to AFS members
Admission $4 for all others
Remaining tickets available at Alamo on night of screening

Directed by Roberto Gavaldón
Screenplay by Roberto Gavaldón, Antonio Mediz Bolio, and José Revueltas
Cinematography by Alex Phillips
Edited by Carlos Savage
Music by Eduardo Hernández Moncada and Carlos Jiménez Mabarak
Mexico, Producciones Sanson, released by Clasa-Mohme, 1951, B&W, 35mm print courtesy of Agrasanchez Archives, 85 min.
Cast: Dolores del Rio, Jorge Mistral, José Baviera, Anabelle Gutiérrez, Arturo Soto Rangel Spanish with English subtitles (translation by Rogelio Agrasánchez Jr.)
In the lush sub-tropical setting of the ancient Mayan ceremonial center Chichén Itzá, Deseada is preparing her younger sister Nicté for betrothal to Manuel, nephew of the wealthy Don Lorenzo. The young man was raised in Spain but looks forward to returning to the Yucatan peninsula to settle down with a wife on his uncle’s hacienda. However, when he alights from the train, he falls hopelessly in love with the older Deseada. Complications arise when it is revealed that Don Lorenzo intends to marry Deseada once the younger couple is safely wedded. In this high-melodrama, the Spanish/Mexican/Mayan ethno-cultural divide is quietly in the background with no reference to the ongoing “Caste Wars” between the indigenous and occupying communities. Nearing the age of 50, Dolores del Rio (Deseada) is amazing to watch for her performance and ethereal beauty, while Jorge Mistral (Manuel) certainly has his own charms, too.
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