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The Castle of Purity (1973)

El castillo de la pureza (original title)
| Drama | April 1974 (USA)
The story of a disciplined and sexually driven man who keeps his family isolated in his home for years to protect them from the "evil nature" of human beings while inventing (with his wife)... See full summary »

Director:

Arturo Ripstein
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Credited cast:
Claudio Brook ... Gabriel Lima
Rita Macedo ... Beatriz
Arturo Beristáin Arturo Beristáin ... Porvenir
Diana Bracho ... Utopía
Gladys Bermejo Gladys Bermejo ... Voluntad
David Silva ... Inspector
María Rojo ... Young at store
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
María Barber María Barber ... neighbor
Mario Castillón Bracho Mario Castillón Bracho ... Undercover cop (as Mario Castillón)
Andrea del Llano Andrea del Llano ... clerk II
María Guadalupe Delgado María Guadalupe Delgado ... (as María G. Delgado)
Alejandra Jiménez Alejandra Jiménez ... clerk III
Roberto Jiménez Roberto Jiménez ... Trash man
Osami Kawano Osami Kawano ... Yutaka
Cecilia Leger Cecilia Leger ... María Luisa
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The story of a disciplined and sexually driven man who keeps his family isolated in his home for years to protect them from the "evil nature" of human beings while inventing (with his wife) rat poison. Written by Anonymous

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Based on a real life story. Brought to light by the press on July 25th 1959. See more »

Crazy Credits

End credits: The title of this film was taken from an Octavio's Paz essay. See more »

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Referenced in Game Show Models (1977) See more »

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Great movie
6 January 2005 | by DhariaLezinSee all my reviews

Though recently in the Mexican movies we see basically the same kind of things like crossed stories or extremely "realistic" ones, or both, there are some things in the old ones that the new ones are forgetting: beauty. This movie is based in a true story where a man that is afraid to contaminate his family with the evils of the world (and actually he is already "contaminated", and very), decides to lock them inside their house for years, avoiding them any kind of contact with the world, even throw the windows. Not happy just with this, he makes the kids work in the family business that is making poison to kill rats. The characters are confocal created, ambiguous and confused, such as anybody is, and themes like loneliness or sexual curiosity in the kids while they are growing up is very well managed. However, even it is a sad story, it is so well treated, that it is beautiful. This is a movie that I would certainly recommend, specially because Mexican movies has not good fame.


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Language:

Spanish

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