La Viuda Negra (1977 film)

La Viuda Negra (The Black Widow) is a 1977 film directed by Arturo Ripstein, produced in Mexico and based on the novel Debiera haber obispas written by Rafael Solana.

La Viuda Negra
Directed byArturo Ripstein
Produced byFrancisco del Villar
Written byVicente Armendáriz
Francisco del Villar
Rafael Solana
StarringIsela Vega
Mario Almada
Music byMiguel Pous
Luis Arcaráz
CinematographyJorge Stahl Jr.
Edited byRafael Ceballos
Release date
  • 1977 (1977)
Running time
78 minutes



In a small town in Mexico, Matea (Isela Vega) is an orphan who assists the priest, Father Feliciano (Mario Almada), in his parish. The village doctor tries to seduce her, but fails and proceeds to defame her into believing that Matea maintains relations with the priest. The people believe him and demand to cure her; he refuses and locks himself away with Matea. During the lockdown, they develop a passionate love, but fate arrives and the priest dies. Matea becomes a kind of priestess which is known as the "Black Widow".

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