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The Imposter

El Impostor

Directed by Emilio Fernández
Mexico, 1956
Drama, Western


A university professor has lost his job for reasons of honor. He returns to his rural town, where he is confused for his dead cousin. He adopts his identity, earning money as a politician until he realizes he has become the target of an assassination plot.

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The Imposter Directed by Emilio Fernández

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  • T. J. Mesen's rating of the film The Imposter

    El Impostor is the consummation and tragedy of the darker side of the idea at core of Ford's TMWSLV; that men rise and fall, and history and nations are shaped by myths. Truth is but a fallacy, a concept to manage power, and in a land full of idealism and potential it seduces even the best of men. This is as much a film about the darkness within the hearts of men, as it is of the history and people of Mexico.

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