El Compadre Mendoza

Venerable character actor Alfredo del Diestro is pitch-perfect as the title character, an opportunistic landowner playing both sides against the middle during the Mexican revolution. Oozing charm, Rosalio Mendoza entertains government officers with his best cognac, then breaks out the mezcal when the rebels appear; he exploits the misfortunes of his fellow gentry by marrying an impoverished young beauty whose charms will draw a handsome rebel general closer into their circle, with dire consequences. This 1933 feature was the second installment of Fernando de Fuentes's trilogy about the revolution, and its populist ending was unprecedented at the time. In Spanish with subtitles. 85 min.

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