Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Su Mejor Alumno (His Best Pupil) was directed by Lucas Demare, whose previous La Guerra Gaucha had been one of Argentina's most successful films of the 1940s. The film unfolds the life story legendary Argentinian statesman/president Sarmiento, who was as controversial as he was beloved. Much of the plot concerns Sarmiento tireless efforts to organize and modernize Argentina's once-primitive school system. To this end, he travels to the US, recruiting American educators to help achieve his ends. Also covered is Sarmiento's activities in defense of his country, which tragically claims the life of his son. Enrique Muino dominates the proceedings as Sarmiento, fully realizing the human side of this sociopolitical icon.