The Unloved Woman (1949 film)

The Unloved Woman

Italian promotional poster of the film.
Directed by Emilio Fernández
Produced by Felipe Subervielle
Written by Jacinto Benavente
Emilio Fernández
Mauricio Magdaleno
Starring Dolores del Río
Pedro Armendàriz
Columba Domínguez
Roberto Cañedo
Julio Villarreal
Music by Antonio Díaz Conde
Cinematography Gabriel Figueroa
Edited by Gloria Schoemann
Distributed by Films Mundiales
Running time
86 minutes
Country Mexico
Language Spanish

The Unloved Woman (Spanish:La Malquerida) is a 1949 Mexican drama film directed by Emilio Fernández and starring Dolores del Río and Pedro Armendáriz. It is based on the 1913 play of the same title by Jacinto Benavente. The work had already been adapted several times, including the 1940 Spanish film The Unloved Woman.

Plot summary

In the ranch of El Soto lives Raymunda (Dolores del Río) and her daughter, Acacia (Columba Domínguez). After she is widowed, Raymunda marries Esteban (Pedro Armendáriz). What Raymunda does not suspect is that a deep passion has arisen between Acacia and Esteban. The misfortune is that the men who approach Acacia have a tragic end, and because of this, they begin to call her "La Malquerida" ("The Unloved").


Filmed in 1949 and directed by Emilio "El Indio" Fernández, the story combines an artistic picture of the most important aspect of rural melodrama in the so-called Golden Age of Mexican cinema. Based on the homonymous play written in 1913 by the Spanish playwright Jacinto Benavente, The Unloved Woman is a story of forbidden passions, secrets and scandals for conservative moral of the time. Which is written and conceived as a theatrical setting makes things easier to Fernandez, who moved the drama to the Mexican countryside (in the state of Guanajuato) and acclimates life in the camp, also influenced by the Mexican Revolution, another subgenre widely exploited during the same age of Mexican cinema. They also have significantly masterful photograph of Gabriel Figueroa and the choice of the cast that features three of the most popular figures of the time, playing the roles that become classics: Dolores del Rio, like the widow, Pedro Armendariz as the prototype of machismo, and finally Columba Dominguez as the seductive beauty, the apple of discord. The Unloved Woman is an artistic piece that has passed successfully the test of time. A filmic document considered among the best Mexican films of all time.[1]

See also


  1. [ The Unloved Woma (In Spanish)]
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