Bugambilia

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Bugambilia
BugambiliaPoster.jpg
Directed by Emilio Fernández
Produced by Felipe Subervielle
Written by Emilio Fernández
Mauricio Magdaleno
Starring Dolores del Río
Pedro Armendáriz
Julio Villarreal
Music by Raúl Lavista
Cinematography Gabriel Figueroa
Edited by Gloria Schoemann
Distributed by Films Mundiales
Running time
105 minutes
Country Mexico
Language Spanish

Bugambilia ("Bougainvillea") is a Mexican movie of 1945 directed by Emilio Fernández and starring Dolores del Río and Pedro Armendáriz.

Plot[edit]

In the Mexican city of Guanajuato, in the 1800s, the young and beautiful Amalia de los Robles (Dolores del Río) wakes up the passion of all the men of the region. This provokes the fury of her widowed father, Don Fernando (Julio Villarreal) who sees in her the face of his dead wife. But Amalia falls in love with the smart Ricardo (Pedro Armendáriz). Tragic circumstances, however, prevent them from being united.

Cast[edit]

  • Dolores del Río .... Amalia de los Robles
  • Pedro Armendáriz .... Ricardo Rojas
  • Julio Villarreal .... Don Fernando de los Robles
  • Alberto Galán .... Luis Felipe
  • Stella Inda .... Zarca
  • Arturo Soto Rangel .... Cura
  • Concha Sanza .... Nana Nicanora
  • Roberto Cañedo .... Alberto, el poeta
  • Jose Elías Moreno .... Socio de Ricardo
  • Maruja Griffel .... Matilde, la chismosa

Comments[edit]

With Bugambilia, Emilio Fernandez spared no resources of production: much of the filming would take place in the romantic alleys of the city of Guanajuato, while the detailed interior construction had been entrusted to the minute hands of the Catalan director Manuel Fontanals. Dolores del Río's costumes would be designed by the Hollywood couturier Royer.

If María Candelaria (1943) was the gift of a director in love with his star, Bugambilia was the filmic tribute to the man surrendered to the beauty of the beloved woman. None of their previous films show so explicitly the filmmaker entranced by the beauty of his protagonist. With all the exaggerated love for her, Fernandez held an increasingly turbulent and violent relationship with del Río. Bugambilia filming became a torture for both and for the rest of the team, who had to endure the mood swings of the director and the constant threats of the star leaving the film. When the film was completed in January 1945, Dolores del Río announced that she would never work with "El Indio" Fernández.[1]


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