Racially marginalized even after her return to Mexico, del Rio plays a
native woman of questionable repute who is ostracized and tortured by
her fellow villagers. Criticized both for glamorizing native culture through
its Hollywood-groomed, European-descended star and for romanticizing interclass
relations, Maria Candelaria possesses all the elements of melodrama.
However, it also has a mythic quality that earned international recognition
and the first awards (the Grand Prix, best cinematography) won by any
Mexican film at the Cannes Film Festival. 1943, Mexico, B/W, 35mm, in
Spanish with English subtitles, 90 minutes.