Mexican Modernism: The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema
The Kneeling Goddess (La diosa arrodillada)
Thursday, September 28, 2017:
Free with Museum admission! On Thursdays, Museum admission is free, courtesy of Shell.
Director Roberto Gavaldón is one of the most accomplished filmmakers of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema. He successfully employed the classic American Hollywood style in Mexican genre films. After the artistic and commercial success of The Other (1946), Gavaldón brought together a talented team of collaborators. He established his prestige by featuring stars of Mexican cinema in films such as The Kneeling Goddess (1947), Rosauro Castro (1950), In the Palm of Your Hand (1950), The Night Falls (1951) and Soledad’s Shawl (1952), which are all part of the MFAH’s Golden Age of Mexican Cinema film series.
In The Kneeling Goddess, director Gavaldón reinvents the classic Hollywood melodrama. The film tells a story of destructive passion, lush with erotic desire and replete with mystery. Millionaire Antonio Ituarte (Arturo de Córdova) presents his wife with the eponymous statue as an anniversary gift, unaware that his own mistress (María Félix) had posed nude for the sculptor. Alarm sets in when his wife dies in mysterious circumstances.