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Distinto Amanecer / Perla

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DISTINTO AMANECER: Octavio is a union activist searching for documents that prove governmental corruption. Pursued by the law, he encounters an old university comrade, Julieta, who hides him. Her husband is another old friend, now an embittered bureaucrat. After she commits a crime to save the papers, Julieta must decide where her loyalties really lie. LA PERLA: The Pearl is the tragic fable of a simple Mexican fisherman who finds a valuable pearl and begins fantasizing about untold wealth and luxury for himself and family. His more sensible wife is uncertain as to whether the pearl is an omen of good luck, but soon she, too, falls under its spell. The couple's naivete leads to their being exploited and brutalized by sharpsters and thieves. Before the fisherman angrily hurls the pearl back into the sea, the gem brings about nothing but death and despair.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Pedro Armendáriz, María Elena Marqués, Fernando Wagner, Gilberto González, Charles Rooner
  • Directors: Emilio Fernández, Julio Bracho
  • Writers: Emilio Fernández, Julio Bracho, Jack Wagner, John Steinbeck, Max Aub
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 193 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013XZ6O8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Distinto Amanecer / Perla" on IMDb

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These two movies from the 40s are in Spanish without subtitles. But if you are fluent in Spanish, they are a real bargain. They are expertly shot, and the plots are also well done. The video on La Perla is very clear. Pedro Armendariz, who also acted in some English language films, such as From Russia With Love, is the star in both. Distinto Amanecer is about an underground union movement against evil people in power. Though it takes place in the 40s in Mexico, the themes are universal. La Perla takes place in a small fishing village, and is about how richness (the pearl) corrupts. Although the sound on the films is not that clear, both were enjoyable, and the price makes this set very attractive.
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This DVD brings us two classics of Mexican cinema, DISTINTO AMANECER (Julio Bracho, 1943) and LA PERLA (Emilio Fernández, 1946). Considering the age of these films, both copies are in very good condition, although the sound is not always perfect. The main actors (Pedro Armendáriz & Andrea Palma; Pedro Armendáriz & María Elena Marqués) are all superb. The cinematography, by Gabriel Figueroa in both instances, is nothing short of stunning. A treat for those who value a great period in Mexican cinema.
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I ordered this DVD under the impression that the copy of LA PERLA on the disk had English subtitles. I am not attempting to return it; my son has a friend that he can give it to.

However, I would like to know if a subtitled version of this film does exist. Can you give me any information on that? And if there is such a version, can you name a source for me? Thank you for your attention to this request.
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Distinto Amanecer is one of those movies you get drawn into. Atmospheric as hell and excellent performances from Armendariz & Palma. It is unfortunate the sound track goes "off track" on a couple of scenes and kind of makes one lose the movie magic for a few minutes. Other than that, it's a great film.
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Having seen Distinto Amanecer WITH subtitles at a local arthouse venue (The Detroit Film Theatre), I give this product four stars for its availability and quality, but subtract one from a possible five because it does not have subtitles. As an enthusiastic consumer of films noirs I find this film is very much in line with that particular type of film, and recommend it to those who share my enthusiasm. But please, someone, make this available with subtitles. Do so and I'll buy it in a heartbeat.
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I agree with all the previous reviewers as far as the content, performances, plot, and such are concerned. Five stars for cinematography and acting. My biggest gripe is the terrible audio. WIth today's technology, why can't this feature be enhanced, fixed, or at least improved? Thus, the 3 stars. On a different note, I really enjoyed the "jarocho" music and dances in "La Perla". This was the true hidden pearl in the movie. Too bad "Los Costeños" were not credited for their performances and the soundtracks not listed. I briefly lived in "Jarocho" country while attending the University of Veracruz in Jalapa.
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As is common with movies of this era, the sound quality leaves something to be desired. Voices sometimes are muffled, making it difficult to understand the dialogue. Subtitles in Spanish would be welcome.
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