The River and Death

(El río y la muerte)


Columba Domínguez, Miguel Torruco, Joaquín Cordero, Jaime Fernández,

A doctor emerges from an iron lung and returns to his rancorous hometown, his adoring mother, and a life-threatening blood feud. In his autobiography, Buñuel wrote that while he disagreed with its simplistic premise—education is a civilizing force—what fascinated him about The River and Death is its depiction of Mexican machismo and violence. “The ease with which certain people can kill others . . . this idea runs throughout the film in the form of a series of apparently gratuitous murders. . . . Yet most of the events in the film were based on true stories.”

Kate MacKay
  • Luis Alcoriza
  • Raúl Martínez Solares
  • Spanish
  • with English electronic titling
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 91 mins
  • Filmoteca de la UNAM
  • Televisa

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