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Viento negro

Mexico, 1965, 127 min

Shown in 1966


Servando González
Luis Garcia de León, César Santos Galindo
Rafael García Travesi, Servando González, Nino Martini
Agustín Jimenez
Jorge Bustos
Gustavo César Carrión
José Elias Moreno, David Reynoso, Jorge Martínez do Hoyos, Enrique Lizalde, Fernando Luján, Rodolfo Landa, Enrique Aguilar, Guillermo Álvarez


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The equivocal Mexican cinema still baffles the world. To most cinema devotees, it represents Luis Buñuel or Cantinflas, each at either end of the tragicomic scale, with a great deal of musical comedy and tearjerkers in between. Since last year, it seems, a new wave of experimental talent has appeared in the cinema world of Mexico (Alberto Isaac, Ruben Gámez, Juan José Gurrola). But in this sweeping, Zolaesque film about a worker at odds with his family and colleagues during the construction of a railroad, director Servando González reveals still another trend. Black Wind is a traditional melodrama, exceptionally well-made, enhanced by a realistic background—the vast desert country between Sonora and Baja California. The hero, Manuel Iglesias, is a rough figure-of-circumstance, trapped by conflicting devotion to his son and to his own ambitions, and as the film explores the dangerous adventures of the hero and the progress of the railroad, one is reminded of the early works of Carné. The characters struggle toward the attainment of an ideal, but are kept within an invisible trap of life, from which the image of happiness seems incredibly near, but is hopelessly remote after all. Naturally, a story of this kind depends entirely upon the major figure, and the distinguished actor, José Elias Moreno, succeeds in bringing to Miguel the epic qualities one might expect from a modern reincarnation of Job.

—Albert Johnson

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