Fernando de Fuentes

  • Fernando de Fuentes – El fantasma del convento AKA The Phantom of the Convent (1934)

    1931-1940AdventureFernando de FuentesHorrorMexico

    Alfonso, Eduardo and Cristina get lost when visiting a forest. A strange monk finds them and takes them to an ancient convent. There, the three amigos suffer personality changes, specially Cristina who tries to seduce Alfonso in a strange coincidence to a story told by an old monk. After some efforts to escape, Alfonso is trapped inside a jail and more strange and macabre situations happen.Read More »

  • Fernando de Fuentes – El prisionero 13 (1933)

    Fernando de Fuentes1931-1940ClassicsMexicoPolitics

    Two gripping stories are interwoven in Prisoner 13; a son pays for his father’s faults, and a desperate mother tries to save her son’s life at any cost. Destiny and corruption play a trick on Carrasco when he is bribed to free a revolutionary and arrest someone in his place. Unbeknownst to him he ends up arresting his own son.
    Fernando de Fuentes’ “Revolution trilogy” opens with this gripping tale of corruption and family conflict, as a powerful colonel (Alfredo del Diestro) agrees to release a revolutionary he has in custody as part of a bargain to arrest another person to take the prisoner’s place. The bribe backfires when the colonel’s own son is accidentally captured to seal the deal. Potent drama from Mexico also stars Luis G. Barreiro, Adela Sequeyro, and Antonio R. Frausto. 76 mRead More »

  • Juan Bustillo Oro & Fernando de Fuentes – El compadre Mendoza AKA Godfather Mendoza (1934)

    1931-1940ClassicsDramaFernando de FuentesJuan Bustillo OroMexico

    During Mexican Revolution, Rosalio Mendoza (Del Diestro) survives by making and winning favors from both factions, the governmental forces and Zapata’s Army. His hacienda welcomes everybody, and Mendoza is considered a good friend of his guests. Eventually, the situation becomes unsustainable and he has to take sides. Betrayal and deception overcome and Mendoza’s dark side surfaces.Read More »

  • Fernando de Fuentes – Vámonos con Pancho Villa! AKA Let’s Go With Pancho Villa [+extra] (1936)

    1931-1940DramaFernando de FuentesMexicoWar


    Six hearty fellows in the tiny hamlet of San Pablo decide to join the revolutionary army of Pancho Villa. The Federales have already put a price on the head of young Miguel Ángel del Toro (Ramón Vallarino), and the others rush to join up under the unofficial leadership of Don Tiburcio Maya (Antonio R. Frausto), a farmer who leaves behind a wife and two small children. They boast that they are known as ‘The Lions’ when they meet Francisco ‘Pancho’ Villa (Domingo Soler); he makes them lieutenants and encourages them to live up to their claim. The six fight fiercely, lead assaults and pull off major coups like riding right up to an enemy machine gun and dragging it off with a lasso. This crazy do-or-die spirit results in a slow attrition of their numbers. The surviving three are promoted to Major but Don Tiburcio begins to feel that they’ve contributed enough to the slaughter, even if the devil-may-care jokester Melitón Botello (Manuel Tamés) feels compelled to tampt fate through stupid tests of manhood. The Revolution uses up good men, with little reward but empty glory.
    — Glenn Erickson.Read More »

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