Macario is a 1959 Mexican film starring Ignacio López Tarso. It was the first Mexican film to be nominated to the acedemy Award for best movie in a foreign language, earning a lot of criticism in Mexico, which was on its nacionalist era of cinema, and considered the movie made for the foreign viewer. The movie was directed by Roberto Galvadón.
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The story centers on Macario, a poor and indigenous shepherd who lives enraged for being so poor. His economical situation maintain him and his family at the edge of starving and his dream is to have a roasted turkey just for himself. His worried wife, in an effort to please her husband, steals a turkey and gives it to Macario before he goes to work.
However, just as Macario prepares to eat the turkey, the men appear to him. The first one is the Devil disguised as a fine gentleman, who tempts Macario in order to get a piece of the turkey. The second one is god, disguised as an old man. However, Macario refuses to share the turkey to both, since he considers they both have the means necessary to get themselves what they want.
In contrast, when a third figure appears to him, a peasant like him, he suddenly changes his mind and gladly shares the turkey with the man, who is none other than death itself. He doesn’t give the turkey for fear, but for compression, since death “walks alone, eternally looking for the next one”. As a compensation, the death names Macario his “friend” and gives him a miraculous water that will heal any disease, except in cases when Death appears at the side of the sick person, meaning he or she is condemned to die.
Macario has the chance of trying the water on his son, eventually gaining a reputation of a miraculous healer, creating such commotion that the church itself will accuse him of heresy, and even the viceroy will ask for his services.
The story takes place on the XVIII century Nueva España (the name of Mexico before its independency)
Ignacio López Tarso Macario
Pina Pellicer Macario's wife
Enrique Lucero Death
Mario Alberto Rodríguez don Ramiro
Enrique García Álvarez Member of the Inquisition
Eduardo Fajardo Viceroy
José Gálvez The devil
José Luis Jiménez God