La Noche de Los Mayas (1939)

Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - Mexico, USA  |  
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La Noche de Los Mayas was adapted by director Chano Urueta from the novel by Antonio Mediz Bollo). Filmed on location amidst the jungles of Yucatan and the ancient Mayan ruins of Mexico, the film tells the story of a contemporary white man (Luis Aldas), who stumbles upon a tribe of people living exactly in the manner of their Mayan ancestors. Before the interloper's astonished eyes, a fascinating romantic drama plays itself out, as huntsman Uz (Arturo de Cordoba) falls in love with Lol (Estele Inda) with the mystical intervention of "apprentice witch" Zeb (Isabela Corona). The star-crossed lovers are held responsible for the drought that weighs heavy upon the land, but in the final analysis it is the hapless Zeb who is burned at the stake. Even so, a tragic denoument also awaits Uz and Lol, not unlike the "death before dishonor" finale of 1932's Bird of Paradise.

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drought, hunting, love, star-crossed-lovers, tragic-love, tribe, witch