On Sunday, May 6, 2012, the Museum of South Texas History continues the Reliving the Golden Age of Mexican Film Series as McAllen native and screenwriter Alvaro Rodriguez hosts a viewing of Rio Escondido starting at 2 p.m.
This 1948 drama stars the legendary Maria Felix, who won an Ariel Award for her performance. As seen in Rio Escondido, Maria Felix exemplifies the strength of leading lady roles and is acknowledged as the most iconic female star from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.
In the film, Maria Felix’s character, Rosaura, is sent to educate the indigenous people in the rural town of Rio Escondido. The young teacher is opposed by those who think the town’s people should stay illiterate. Rosaura’s difficult situation worsens when the town’s sheriff, played by Carlos Lopez Moctezuma, falls in love with her.
Alvaro Rodriguez is the screenwriter of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Hangman’s Daughter (2000) for executive producers Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. The film series complements the museum’s temporary exhibit, La Epoca de Oro: The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema in the Rio Grande Valley,open now through September 2012 in the Upper Old Jail Gallery
Most films are subtitled in English and are subject to change.