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  • Actors: Pedro Armendriz, Arturo Soto Bangel, Margarita Cortes, Dolores Del Rio, Lupe Garnica
  • Directors: Emilio Fernndez, Emilio Fernandez
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Grupo Nuevo Imagen
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SAAPHA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A beautiful love story between a man, a woman... ...and a pig!
rigoleto@data.net.mx
There is a beautiful story in its conception (images, dialogues, space and time, the professional quality of the actors, etc).
J. CALDERON
The item here reviewed is the Televisa Mexican DVD release from their Alter's Collection.
ixta_coyotl

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By rigoleto@data.net.mx on September 19, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
A beautiful love story between a man, a woman... ...and a pig! You think I'm kidding, right? Wrong! And don't expect any of that Tarantino-south-of-the-border stuff either; this one is for real, and quite old-fashioned. Believe it or not, there was a time when the best cinema in Spanish was made in Mexico, and if I had to choose its best movie, I'd say without a doubt "María Candelaria".
Gorgeously filmed in beautiful Xochimilco (back when it was beautiful) by the great Gabriel Figueroa, it boasts terrific performances by both Pedro Armendáriz Sr. and Dolores del Río (her best film, no doubt), and remains today a cultural icon throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Emilio "Indio" Fernández directs. Don't you remember him? He's the abominable villain in Sam Peckinpah's "Wild Bunch"! He's also one of the greatest auteurs of all time. If you don't believe me, get this gem and see for yourself!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ixta_coyotl on October 25, 2007
Format: DVD
I must say I do sympathize with the prior reviewer, as Maria Candelaria (Xochimilco) is a very subtly classic film that is not so immediately striking. Like most Mexican films of the period (and especially those of Emilio Fernandez) it is extremely melodramatic at times (Maria is waiting for her piglet to grow up before she can sell it to buy a dress so that she can get properly married!). Yet the songs we hum upon first listen are rarely the ones that stand the test of time. Personally, I did not find much in my first viewings of either The Grand Illusion or the Third Man, two of the greatest of classic films. Maria Candelaria, not unlike those films, is a nut which is not cracked and swallowed whole on the first try.

Del Rio is largely forgotten in the U.S. today (not to mention in Mexico), but she was one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the late silent era. She was married to the man who designed the Oscar statue. Even as late as '33, she still got top billing over Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. In 1942, Orson Welles fell madly in love with del Rio after working with her in Journey into Fear. Her return to Mexico in 1943 was considered quite a big deal.

Regarding the film's place in time, it helps immensely to first watch Fernandez's two prior efforts, Soy Puro Mexicano (1942) and then Flor Silvestre (1943), to get an idea of the level of progression which took place here. Soy Puro Mexicano looks like an even cruder Mexican WWII spin-off of Hitchcock's 30s British style. Flor Silvestre follows much the same storytelling pattern as Maria Candelaria, but it looks much more rudimentary in execution. Maria Candelaria marked the first truly high water note of the Fernandez/Figueroa style, in 1944, which they often equaled but never really surpassed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ixta_coyotl on May 13, 2007
Format: VHS Tape
I must say I do sympathize with the prior reviewer, as Maria Candelaria (Xochimilco) is a very subtly classic film that is not so immediately striking. Like most Mexican films of the period (and especially those of Emilio Fernandez) it is extremely melodramatic at times (Maria is waiting for her piglet to grow up before she can sell it to buy a dress so that she can get properly married!). Yet the songs we hum upon first listen are rarely the ones that stand the test of time. Personally, I did not find much in my first viewings of either The Grand Illusion or the Third Man, two of the greatest of classic films. Maria Candelaria, not unlike those films, is a nut which is not cracked and swallowed whole on the first try.

Del Rio is largely forgotten in the U.S. today, but she was one of the biggest stars of the late silent era. Even as late as '33, she still got top billing over Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Her return to Mexico was thus looked upon with some reverence. It would not be unlike Salma Hayek or Gael Garcia Bernal returning today.

Regarding the film's place in time, it helps immensely to first watch Fernandez's two prior efforts, Soy Puro Mexicano (1942) and then Flor Silvestre (1943), to get an idea of the level of progression which took place here. Soy Puro Mexicano looks like an even cruder Mexican WWII spin-off of Hitchcock's 30s British style. Flor Silvestre follows much the same storytelling pattern as Maria Candelaria, but it looks much more rudimentary in execution. Maria Candelaria marked the first truly high water note of the Fernandez/Figueroa style, in 1944, which they often equaled but never really surpassed. Thus this film stands all the taller for its early date of production.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lucia Ruiz on August 4, 2009
Format: DVD
'This movie covers almost all elements of human sentiment: from love to hate, everything in between such as admiration and respect as well as envy and greed --all of which can cause the destruction of another person's life even to the point of committing unjust murder. In this movie, you can appreciate the true and sincere affection that two persons can have for one another with all the innocent in the world--a love so pure, that it moves you. You will also learn and understand why the indigenous people were (and some still are) so reserved and timid of the white man or outsiders (fuereños). In this movie, of course, the native people of Xochimilco were the Mexicas (who spoke Nahuatl). This movie presents the true Xochimilco with its natural beauty and lovely chinampas as it was then and it makes you reflect on what we have done to destroy much of Mexico's true and natural beauty. I highly recommend this movie. It's such a masterpiece.
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