After the corrupt former Mayor is killed by the peasants, poor janitor Juan Vargas is appointed new Mayor of a desert town in central Mexico. Although he tries to bring the motto of the ruling party to town (modernity, peace and progress) he realizes soon that there’s nothing to do against corruption… except to become corrupt. Step by step, helped by his pistol, Juan Vargas becomes the law and the worst Major in the town’s history.
Tag Archives: Mexico
Los olvidados / The Young and the Damned (1950) Luis Buñuel, Alfonso Mejía, Roberto Cobo, Estela Inda, Crime, Drama
La ilusión viaja en tranvía / Illusion Travels by Streetcar (1954) Luis Buñuel, Lilia Prado, Carlos Navarro, Fernando Soto, Comedy, Adventure, Drama
Confronted with the unfortunate news that their favorite Streetcar, no. 133, is going to be decommissioned, two Municipal Transit workers get drunk and decide to “take ‘er for one last spin,” as it were. Unfortunately, the “one last spin” ends up being an all-night and all-day scramble to stay out of trouble, as they are confronted with situation after sometimes bizarre situation that prevents them from returning the “borrowed” Streetcar!
La virgen de la lujuria / The Virgin of Lust (2002) Arturo Ripstein, Luis Felipe Tovar, Ariadna Gil, Patricia Reyes Spíndola, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
In Vera Cruz in the 1940s, Nacho, an Indian, waits tables at Don Lázaro’s café at Hotel Ofélia. He falls for Lola, an opium-addicted, alcoholic whore who’s hopelessly in love with Gardenia Wilson, a masked wrestler who slept with her once but knows she’s unbalanced. Don Lázaro warns Nacho about Lola, and Nacho knows his love will be unrequited, but he’ll do anything, regardless of how degrading, to be near her. Lola, for her part, can be sadistic. Republican exiles who are regulars at the café encourage Lola’s desire to assassinate Franco. Nacho in turn mixes this political mirage with his fascination with the plot of “The Mikado.” Where do fantasies and obsessions lead?
La bataille de San Sebastian / Guns for San Sebastian (1968) Henri Verneuil, Anthony Quinn, Anjanette Comer, Charles Bronson, Action, Adventure, Drama
Leon Alastray is an outlaw who has been given sanctuary by Father John, whom he then escorts to the village of San Sebastian. The village is deserted, with its cowardly residents hiding in the hills from Indians, who regularly attack the village and steal all their supplies. When Father John is murdered, the villagers mistakenly think the outlaw is the priest. Alastray at first tells them he is not a priest, but they don’t believe it, and an apparent miracle seems to prove they are correct. Eventually, he assists them in regaining their confidence and defending themselves.
Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Manolo Fábregas, Adventure, Comedy, War
Set in Mexico, a nun called Sara is rescued from three cowboys by Hogan, who is on his way to do some reconnaissance, for a future mission to capture a French fort. The French are chasing Sara, but not for the reasons she tells Hogan, so he decides to help her in return for information about the fort defences. Inevitably the two become good friends but Sara has a secret..
Dólares de arena / Sand Dollars (2014) Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán, Geraldine Chaplin, Yanet Mojica, Ricardo Ariel Toribio, Drama
An older European woman becomes enchanted with a young Dominican woman who must struggle to make ends meet. Love brings a flow of entanglements in a drama which unfolds like palm trees in an irresistible storm.
Cabeza de Vaca (1991) Nicolás Echevarría, Juan Diego, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Roberto Sosa, Adventure, Drama, History
An international award winning saga of old Mexico. In 1528, a Spanish expedition founders off the coast of Florida with 600 lives lost. One survivor, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, roams across the American continent searching for his Spanish comrades. Instead, he discovers the Iguase, an ancient Indian tribe. Over the next eight years, Cabeza de Vaca learns their mystical and mysterious culture, becoming a healer and a leader. But soon this New World collides with the Old World as Spanish conquistadors seek to enslave the Indians, and Cabeza de Vaca must confront his own people and his past.
Vagabundo en la lluvia / The Drifter in the Rain (1968) Carlos Enrique Taboada, Rodolfo de Anda, Ana Luisa Peluffo, Christa Linder, Drama, Thriller, Horror
Two women from different social class with similar concerns but decided to spend the weekend in a country house. The unexpected visit of a tramp converts quiet holiday in a nightmare of horror, action and human passions.
El libro de piedra / The Book of Stone (1969) Carlos Enrique Taboada, Marga López, Joaquín Cordero, Norma Lazareno, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A governess Julia comes to work in a bourgeois family that live in an afforested property that they have recently bought. Julia was to take care about little girl named Silvia, whose unusual demeanor may find its roots in the family garden.