Monday, May 21, 2012

Viento Negro - Servando Gonzales (1965)

This time I thought I would post something other than music and instead share one of my all time favorite movies. Viento Negro is a movie from the golden era of Mexican cinema and is considered one of the best movies to have ever come out of Mexico and has even made it on some lists as one of the best movies in international cinema. The movie was originally destined to be released in the US however due to disagreements between the director and some members of the original cast the movie was only released in Mexico.
The movie takes place in the 1940's in the Altar desert in the state of Sonora in northern Mexico as the federal government had just commissioned for a railroad that would connect the Baja California peninsula to the rest of Mexico be built. This was part of the rapid industrialization of post-revolution Mexico and in part a response to repeated threats by the US government of the possibility of annexing Baja California.

The movie makes light of the treacherous and often brutal conditions that workers had to endure as they built this railroad through the middle of the desert. Having to deal with everything from scorching heat to freezing temperatures and of course the relentless "Viento Negro" (black wiind). The workers are also faced with their own personal struggles as they deal with things like racism, fighting, loneliness, father son relationships, and even death. One thing to also keep in mind is that many of the events in this movie are not made up but based on things that really did occur during the construction of the Sonora Baja California Railroad.
Hope you enjoy this one because as I mentioned before it is one of my favorite movies.

Viento Negro - Entire Movie 127min/Pelicula Entera 127min.

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