(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.
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.
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