THE PEARL (Emilio Fernández, 1947)

Gabriel Figueroa’s gorgeous black-and-white cinematography immeasurably enriches John Steinbeck’s fable in this U.S.-Mexico co-production boldly directed by Emilio Fernández. La perla is a gem.      An impoverished Mexican couple flee their fishing village and are torn apart—at one point, Quino strikes his wife, Juana, to the ground—after Quino unearths a precious pearl in the sea. Everyone, […]