Macario (1960)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono (RCA High Fidelity), Spanish
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

A Mexican fantasy film directed by Roberto Gavaldón.

Plot Summary

All starving peasant Macario wants is a decent meal on the Day of the Dead but, as always, he sacrifices his food for his young family. His wife steals and cooks a turkey for him and in the nearby woods, he meets , , and the personification of , all of whom ask to share his turkey. He refuses the first two but agrees to feed Death who in turn gives him a bottle of water which will cure any illness. Soon, he's wealthy and famous but both Death and the Inquisition have plans for him.


Director: Roberto Gavaldón
© 1960 Clasa Films Mundiales
Clasa Films Mundiales S.A. presents
Executive Producer: José Luis Celis
Produced by: Armando Orive Alba
Adapted for Film by: Emilio Carballido, Roberto Gavaldón
[Based on an Original Story] By: B. Traven
Director of Photography: Gabriel Figueroa
Editor: Gloria Schoemann
Music: Raúl Lavista
Sound Supervisor: James L. Fields
Wardrobe Supervisor: Anita Jones
Make-up: Armando Meyer
Special Effects: Juan Muñoz Ravelo
Art Director: Mañuel Fontanals
Studio: Churubusco-Azteca
Photographed at: Ciudad de Taxco; Lagunas de Zempoala; Grutas de Cacahuamilpa

Ignacio López Tarso (Macario)
Pina Pellicer (Macario's wife)
Enrique Lucero (Death)
Mario Alberto Rodriguez (Don Ramiro)
José Gálvez (The Devil)
José Luis Jiménez (God)
Eduardo Fajardo
Consuelo Frank
Jose DuPierpoint
Celia Tejeda
Pepe y sus marionetas

Alternative Titles

Macário – Portuguese title
Morte in vacanza – Italian title
Макарио – Russian title

See also
Der müde Tod (1921)