Ánimas Trujano (film)
|The Important Man|
|Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante)|
|Directed by||Ismael Rodríguez|
|Produced by||Ismael Rodríguez|
|Written by||Ismael Rodríguez
Vicente Oroná Jr.
|Based on||La mayordomía
by Rogelio Barriga Rivas
|Music by||Raúl Lavista|
|Edited by||Jorge Bustos|
Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante) (English: The Important Man) is a 1962 Mexican drama film directed by Ismael Rodríguez, based on a novel by Rogelio Barriga Rivas. It stars Toshiro Mifune, Columba Domínguez, Flor Silvestre, and Antonio Aguilar.
The film revolves around a festival of mayordomía in the Mexican Oaxaca state, which revolves around on something like the idea of "king for a day." When the town celebrates the feast day of its patron saint, the church appoints a layman as mayordomo or steward, an honor that in effect is gained by being able to organize and cover the high costs of most of the saint's local festivities. The post is however very coveted by the locals as it is socially prestigious.
Ánimas Trujano (Mifune, dubbed by Narciso Busquets) is a drunken, irresponsible peasant who abuses his children and does nothing while his long-suffering wife supports the family. Obsessed with earning the respect which is denied to him by his peers as a result of his behavior, Trujano aims to be mayordomo in the annual festival and begins to do everything he can to get the needed money. After his eldest daughter is impregnated out of wedlock by the son of the local land baron (played by Eduardo Fajardo), Trujano sells the baby to the land baron in exchange for a small fortune that makes him eligible to be appointed mayordomo.
- Toshiro Mifune as Ánimas Trujano (dubbed by Narciso Busquets)
- Columba Domínguez as Juana
- Flor Silvestre as Catalina
- Pepe Romay as Pedrito (as Pepito Romay)
- Titina Romay as Dorotea
- Amado Zumaya as Compadre
- José Chávez as Brujo
- Luis Aragón as Tendero
- Juan Carlos Pulido as Belarmino
- Magda Monzón
- Jaime J. Pons as Carrizo
- David Reynoso as Criton
- Eduardo Fajardo as El Español
- Antonio Aguilar as Tadeo
Awards and nominations
- List of submissions to the 34th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of Mexican submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- "The 34th Academy Awards (1962) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-29.