Inspired by North American cinema, we look at a forgotten body of work, buried in our archives: Mexican melodramas, made in the 1940s and 1950s. With it's many stars (especially Maria Felix), Mexico has established a real system, driven by a very cinematic vibe : the excess of feelings. The rarity of those gems is the reason why most of them will be presented in french.
Programmed with the collaboration of Marie-Laure Poiré Bleau.
A trainer at Salón México, Mercedes is exploited by her pimp. With her work, she pays for the studies of her young sister, a boarder in a fancy college who is unaware of her activities.
Emilio Fernández was born in northern Mexico to an indigenous mother (kikapu) and a father who was a colonel in one of the armies in the Revolution of 1910. His involvement in the revolutionary events in Mexico forced him to flee his country and join the United States in 1923, after the failure of a revolutionary putsch led by Adolfo de la Huerta. He moved to Hollywood and he was the understudy of the actor Douglas Fairbanks. He won the Palme d'Or in Cannes in 1946 for the film Maria Candelaria.