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.”
The Castle of Purity // El castillo de la pureza (Arturo Ripstein -1972)
Castle of Purity, a bizarre, subversive drama in the Buñuelian mode, concerns Lima, an obsessively overprotective father determined to insulate his family from evils of the outside world. A father of three, Lima has kept his family locked up in their deteriorating Mexico City mansion since the birth of his first child 18 years before. His efforts to shield them from impurity and corruption are imperilled by the increasingly incestuous relationship between two of his teenaged children; meanwhile, the family’s livelihood — the production of rat poison — is threatened by official scrutiny. Famed Mexican poet José Emilio Pacheco co-wrote the script.
“Dogtooth” director Yorgos Lanthimos has been accused of plagiarizing Castle of Purity, but he strongly denies it and says he never knew it even existed.