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This was a fairly adult plot-line for the '40s, in any country, and was indicative of how much the Mexican cinema, and in particular "El Indio" Fernandez, wanted to get away from the Catholic Church's stifling influence on Mexican culture, and even tho they succeeded pretty much in this film, (Delores Del Rio was brilliant, and Armendáriz, Rangel and Bedoya were in their usual excellent Cine del Oro form), the production company ran afoul of the ever-sensitive Army Generals who pretty much ran things back then, and were forced to modify some of the details - they must've been a bit to close to home. ;-) It's instructive to see this film and Fernandez' "Maria Candelaria" one after the other - the leads are the same, but the one is an almost dreamy and ultimately nightmarish meditation on love and the conflict with old religious ideals, while "Las Abandonadas" is a thinly veiled sock in the jaw for the "New Mexico". Both were unqualified successes, and right on target.
Damn, I wanna see this!!
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