Maverick Mexican filmmaker Emilio Fernández completed Nosotros Dos (We Two) in 1954. Thanks to the legal and political volatility of the director, however, the film was not released until 1957. Rosanna Podesta (on the verge of her Helen of Troy debacle) stars as a young woman trapped in the middle of a long-standing blood feud. She falls in love with Tito Junco, son of the family with which her parents are at odds. Their struggle to find happiness despite the hatred all around them forms the basis of the familiar but well-wrought plotline. —Amctv.com
If he did not already exist, it would be necessary to invent Emilio “El Indio” Fernández. His manneristic visual style, his folkloric themes and characters, and his distinctively Indian physiognomy made him an integral element of Mexico’s culture of nationalism, as well as the nation’s best-known director. Fleeing Mexico after the defeat of his faction in the rebellion of 1923, Fernández ended up digging ditches in Hollywood. As has been the case with so many Latin American artists and intellectuals, Fernández discovered his fatherland by leaving it: “I understood that it was possible to create a Mexican cinema, with our own actors and our own stories. . . . From then on the cinema became a passion with me, and I began to dream of Mexican films.” Making Mexican cinema became Fernández’s obsession and, as is so often true of cultural nationalism, a short-term gain was to turn into a long-term dead end.
Perhaps that which most distinguishes Fernández’s films is their strikingly… read more