El Rencor de la Tierra (1949)

Run Time - 101 min.  |   Countries - Mexico   |  
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El Rencor de la Tierra was a box-office bonanza in Mexico, thanks in no small part to the presence of award-winning actor Carlos Moctezuma Lopez. The film concerns the plight of the humble tiller of soil in a region where the wealthy landowners call the shots. Lopez is cast as a farmer who tries his best to cope, but is overwhelmed by circumstances. Particularly effective is the supporting performance by Isabella Corona as Lopez' sexually frustrated sister. The film was produced by Rudolph Loewenthal, a past master at combining penetrating social commentary with "sock" entertainment values. Though denied a widespread American release, the film did reasonably well in Latino communities.