Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Macario (1960)

Academy Awards, USA 1961

Best Foreign Language Film

Azteca Films
Directed by Roberto Gavaldón
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

A Mexican peasant refuses to eat until he gets a whole roast turkey to himself. His obliging wife steals one for him, but before he can eat it three ghostly apparitions appear before him. One of them turns out to be Death, with whom he shares the turkey. Amused, Death gives him a supply of miraculous water which will heal the sick, well most of them anyway. The peasant becomes a famous healer and profits from the water, attracting the Inquisition. He makes a desperate escape, only to end up in the cavern of Death. Interesting concept done in by amateurish special effects and simple-minded approach. Compare to the much superior classic Bergman film The Seventh Seal.

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