Sombra Verde (Untouched)
(1954) Directed by Roberto Gavaldon. Ricardo Montalban, Ariadne Welter, Victor Parra. (85 min.) DCP. New restoration from the UCLA Film Archive and the Museum of Modern Art.
Spanish with English subtitles
Mexico’s master of urban melodrama explores jungle passions in this reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. A pharmaceutical company scientist seeking the barbasco (yam) root for cortisone extraction stumbles on the hidden tropical paradise of a brooding, reclusive Prospero and his alarmingly carnal daughter.
Photographed in stunning outdoor locations and starring gorgeous Ricardo Montalban (Wrath of Khan), temporarily on hiatus in his native Mexico from his MGM career as a Latin lover. Sombra Verde provides him a magnificent starring role as both adventurer and erotic plaything.
Experience the lives, loves, and influence of two art icons of the 20th century. Few artists have captured the public's imagination with the force of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907–54) and her husband, the Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera (1886–1957). The myths that surrounded them in their lifetime arose not only from their significant bodies of work, but also from their friendships (and conflicts) with leading political figures and their passionate, tempestuous personal relationships.