Mexico’s film industry blossomed in the 1940s and 1950s, a period known as the “Golden Age of Mexican Cinema.” This series, which features comedies, melodramas, film noir, and more, complements the exhibition Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950.

Read a blog post about the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema from film scholar and MFAH Film Committee member Margarita De La Vega-Hurtado.

The films in this series were generously made available by the Cineteca Nacional de México.


You’re Missing the Point (Ahí está el detalle)

1940, Spanish with English subtitles
Digital
Juan Bustillo Oro

You’re Missing the Point, the most outstanding comedy of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, established Mario Moreno as Cantinflas, Mexico’s answer to Charlie Chaplin.

The Kneeling Goddess (La diosa arrodillada)

1947, Spanish with English subtitles
Digital
Roberto Gavaldón

Director Roberto Gavaldón reinvents the classic Hollywood melodrama with this story of destructive passion, lush with erotic desire and replete with mystery.

A Family Like Many Others (Una familia de tantas)

1948, Spanish with English subtitles
Digital
Alejandro Galindo

This intelligent melodrama, widely considered a masterpiece, finds Fernando Soler ruling his household with draconian authority. The Solers’ conservative, middle-class life is shaken by the appearance of a young salesman who attracts the attention of the family’s teenage daughter.

In the Palm of Your Hand (En la palma de tu mano)

1950, Spanish with English subtitles
Digital
Roberto Gavaldón

Devious fortuneteller and scam artist “Professor” Karin learns about the suspicious death of a wealthy man and tries to blackmail the man’s young, beautiful widow by accusing her of adultery.

The Pearl (La perla)

1945, Spanish with English subtitles
Digital
Emilio Indio Fernández

Quino (Pedro Armendáriz) is an indigenous fisherman in a humble village. His life changes forever when he finds a lucid pearl at the bottom of the sea. In a cruel twist of fate, the valuable jewel turns out to be more of a curse than a godsend.

Macario

1959, Spanish with English subtitles
Digital
Roberto Gavaldón

Macario earned the first Academy Award nomination for a Mexican film in the foreign-language category and became a celebrated classic of Mexican cinema.


Past Events in This Series

Soledad’s Shawl (El rebozo de Soledad)

1952, Spanish with English subtitles
Digital
Roberto Gavaldón

Dr. Alberto Robles (Arturo de Córdova), an idealistic city doctor, lends his services to help the community of a small Mexican village. Once there, he falls in love with an Indian girl (Estela Inda) who has been spoken for by a campesino (Pedro Armendáriz), and thus becomes involved in a feudalistic war among farmers and landowners.

Rosauro Castro

1950, Spanish with English subtitles
Digital
Roberto Gavaldón

Pedro Armendáriz stars as the title character who is a powerful cacique who rules his town with iron-fisted authority. He is suspected of slaying his enemy, but nobody in the community dares to denounce him.

A Woman in Love (Enamorada)

1946, Spanish with English subtitles
Digital
Emilio Indio Fernández

During the Mexican revolution, General José Juan Reyes (Pedro Armendáriz) occupies the city of Cholula. The rebellious officer yearns to take revenge on the city’s high society, until he becomes enamored of the wealthiest aristocrat’s fiercely independent daughter (María Félix).

The Night Falls (La noche avanza)

1951, Spanish with English subtitles
Digital
Roberto Gavaldón

A faithful portrayal of Mexico City’s corrupt underworld, The Night Falls is an intense and ironic melodrama influenced by the director’s most beloved style: the Hollywood film noir.

Salón México

1948, Spanish with English subtitles
Digital
Emilio Fernández

In this captivating melodrama, Marga López stars as a taxi dancer in Mexico City’s famous Salón México cabaret, selling her services in order to support her sister’s expensive education.This selfless mission is thwarted when she gets caught up in a dangerous love triangle.

Tender Pumpkins (Calabacitas tiernas)

1949, Spanish with English subtitles
Digital
Gilberto Martínez Solares

Comic actor Tin Tan impersonates a Hollywood bigwig who produces a grand musical in order to seduce beautiful actresses.

Another Dawn (Distinto Amanecer)

1943, Spanish with English subtitles
Digital
Julio Bracho

Another Dawn takes a dizzying journey into Mexico City’s nightlife, with elements of film noir. Idealistic Octavio is sucked into a vortex of trouble when he flees a corrupt governor, finds refuge in a cinema, and reunites with a former lover.

The Other Woman (La otra)

1946, Spanish with English subtitles
Digital
Roberto Gavaldón

The Other Woman finds genre director Roberto Gavaldón telling a dark crime story of passion and death. Magdalena kills her wealthy twin sister and assumes her identity, unaware that her sibling’s life had been far from irreproachable.