Maria Candelaria (Xochimilco) (1944)
as Maria Candelaria
as Lorenzo Rafael
as El Pintor
as Don Damian
as Don Damian
as Senor Cura
as Jose Alfonso
as Policeman (uncredited)
as Bit Part (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Maria Candelaria (Xochimilco)
No one can gainsay that Miss Del Rio has become a great actress, with all the old posing and artificiality gone, giving place to a genuine power that is at times almost startling.
Due to several such combined factors as general excellence of portraiture, eloquent settings, skilled direction and moving story, the fine performance of Dolores Del Rio is a major attraction
Miss Dolores Del Rio gives a depth of good- ness and emotion to Maria and Mr. Pedro Armendariz, as her lover, represents the film's preoccupation with silence, suspicion, and religious feelng.
The atmosphere of the swampy, malaria-ridden village with its teeming plenty of flowers and fruits, its bare-footed women and men, its little Catholic church, its gossip and cruel simple life, is finely painted.
Audience Reviews for Maria Candelaria (Xochimilco)
After a journalist(Beatriz Ramos) asks a famous artist(Alberto Galan) about a painting that he refuses to publicly show, he tells a sad story about Maria Candelaria(Dolores del Rio) who has been shunned by the local villagers. Circumstances have forced her to travel to sell some of her flowers in order to pay off some longstanding debts but even her great courage is no match for the villagers' flotilla. Only Lorenzo(Pedro Armendariz) is willing to speak up for her. "Maria Candelaria" might be old fashioned melodrama but that does not mean it cannot also be well-executed and entertaining. In fact, the movie also tackles such timely issues as the dangers of mob rule and hypocrisy. Plus, there is the fact that the entire movie is centered around a nude painting, such sensuality being far ahead of its time. At the same time, the painter is not left off the hook, which is a nice touch in adding some ambiguity to the mix.
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