'El esqueleto de la señora Morales' [Blu-ray]
(Arturo De Córdova, Amparo Rivelles, Elda Peralta, Guillermo Orea, Rosenda Monteros, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (1960) 2020 / VCI Video - MVD Visual)
Overview: A taxidermist decides to murder his wife after having to put up with her after twenty years of hellish marriage.
Blu-ray Verdict: Funnily enough, I used to have tape of this movie I made when it appeared on TV down in Mexico City during one of my visits there years ago.
I only saw it a couple of times and don't have the tape anymore, but I've always hoped it would come out on DVD/Blu-ray.
And now it has, via the wonderful MVD Visual and the first thing I can say about it is that seeing it today through "new eyes" the film could easily be compared to some of Alfred Hitchcock's more macabre and darkly humorous films.
This was made towards the end of the golden period in Mexican cinema. In the 1960's things took a turn towards the cheesy side and only within the past several years has Mexican cinema seen a bit of a turnaround; with some world-class productions, in my humble opinion.
The black and white photography is excellent and the acting is superb in this film about a man who stuffs animals for a living and has a wife who is even colder than the dead creatures in his workshop.
I won't say more so as not to have any spoilers, but suffice to say that 'The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales' (which it is better known as here in the US and around the world) is a cult film that sadly caused no big impression in 1960.
The style was too conventional, but there is a playful fluctuation between extremes that moves the story, and makes the film an attractive, enjoyable and enduring production even today. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
'El esqueleto de la señora Morales' Trailer