classic mexican movies

Dolores Del Rio, 1948, at her home in Acapulco, Mexico. She left Hollywood after a 20 year film career to return to her native Mexico where she became one of the greatest stars (along with Maria Félix) of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema

“I wanted to go the way of art. Stop being a star and become an actress, and that I could only do in Mexico. I wished to choose my own stories, my own director, and camera man. I could accomplish this better in Mexico. I wanted to return to Mexico, a country that was mine and I did not know. I felt the need to return to my country.”


Tizoc (1957), dir. Ismael Rodríguez

Ti quero…/ I love you…
Más que a mis ojos/ More than my eyes
Más que a mis ojos ti quero/ More than my eyes I love you

Pero quero más a mis ojos/ But I love my eyes more
Pero quero más a mis ojos/ But I love my eyes more
Porque mis ojo'ti vieron/ Because my eyes saw you

Y si tú los queres/ And if you want them
Ti los intriego niña/ I give them to you, girl
Pos ya sabes que eres tú/ As you already know it’s you
Para quen quero mis ojos/ For whom I want my eyes

Macario and The Book of Life

Something curious is that the weekend of Día de Muertos, some days before I went to see The Book of Life I was on my house with my mom and she turns the tv on the channel of classic mexican movies, and was starting a movie called Macario (1960), it was a about a man called Macario that, for being kind with the Death (in the form of a peasant) obtains the hability to see if people will live or not and to cure those who are sick but are meant to live.

In the end of the movie, Macario is with the Death in the Cave of Death, that is full of candles, and Death explains to Macario that every candle represents the life of every person.

In the trailers of The Book of Life you see a lot La Muerte and Xibalba, but the Candle Maker is something you see directly in the movie, and, for me, it was really interesting when I saw they used this concept of the candles, life and death.