El escapulario with Misterios de ultratumba

El escapulario with Misterios de ultratumba

El escapulario (The Scapular)

A scapular is a necklace with religious motifs that reminds the wearer of their commitment to live a Catholic life. On her deathbed, a woman confesses to a priest the stories of how her three sons escaped from an early grave thanks to her blessed scapular. Set during the Mexican Revolution, this phantasmagoric film explores the labyrinths these characters willingly enter as they search to uphold the love, faith, and ideals that define them.

Misterios de ultratumba (The Black Pit of Dr. M)

In a 19th century psychiatric hospital, two doctors make a pact: he who dies first will reveal to the other what happens after death. The quest for this poisoned knowledge initiates a doomed expressionistic tale in the tradition of W.W. Jacobs and Edgar Allan Poe. Allow your retinas to be drawn into this vortex of sick obsession where the dead will rise, flesh will corrode, and a ghost will do everything possible to keep his word.

El escapulario
DIRECTOR: Servando González. WRITTEN BY: Jorge Durán Chávez, Rafael García Travesi, Servando González. CAST: Enrique Lizalde, Enrique Aguilar, Carlos Cardán, Federico Falcón. 1968. 85 min. Mexico. B&W. Spanish. DCP. Courtesy of Nuevo Cine Latino. Special thanks to VCI Entertainment.

Misterios de ultratumba
DIRECTOR: Fernando Méndez. WRITTEN BY: Ramón Obón. CAST: Rafael Bertrand, Gastón Santos, Mapita Cortés, Carlos Ancira. 1958. 82 min. Mexico. B&W. Spanish. DCP. Courtesy of Alameda Films.

Generously supported by Televisa Foundation-Univision Foundation in celebration of Mexican Cinema. Academy Museum film programming supported by the Richard Roth Foundation. Mexico Maleficarum has the community partnership and support provided by El Cine, the Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today program of Hola Mexico, and the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles.


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