Enamorada (1946) Director Emilio Fernánde zStarring: María Félix, Pedro Amendáriz 93’ (Mexico)
While I was watching this old white and black movie for the first time at the Spanish Cultural Institute at Chelsea (London) on Friday 12 of November, I was thinking about its title: Enamorada. Maybe its title should have been Enamorado, because it speaks about a man in love that, just at the end, sees his feeling reciprocated.
The Cervantes Institute showed Enamorada to celebrate the centenary of the Mexican Revolution that started in 1910 in order to put an end to the Porfirio Díaz’s dictatorship.
The screening room, that accommodates about 70 people, was full and the public was largely composed by Spanish people and members of the Latin American community who live in London.
Directed by Emilio Fernández and screened in the original language, this Mexican movie is a love story between José Juan Reyes, a Revolutionary General (Pedro Amendáriz), and the most and richest lady of Cholula (a small town near Mexico City), Beatriz Peñafiel, interpreted by María Félix.The General José Juan Reyes and his troops take the conservative town and confiscate lands and goods to the richest men of the city. The general falls in love with the daughter of the wealthiest man in the town. He is a very rude man and his love seems to be an unattainable dream because they belong to two different social classes. The General and his troops are peasants and, at the beginning, the aristocratic Beatriz rejects General’s love. At the end her initial contempt will become a deep and authentic feeling and she will follow him in the revolution.
This story could be take place in any other place or time in the world because it speaks about love and how this feeling can change the human beings and their behaviours.
Religion has always been an important element of the Mexican culture and plays also a fundamental role in this movie. The priest, Fernando Fernández (Rafael Sierra) protects Beatriz against the rude initial General’s approaches and finally understands his true love. When he asks forgiveness and makes his last declaration of love to Beatriz, they are in the church, knelt in the presence of God, and Beatriz, with a white veil on her head, looks like the Virgin Mary.
Fernández shows that love can go beyond the social differences and could be the thing that changes the human beings’ point of view.
Enamorada is an old black and white movie but its issues are still actual and authentic.