The Pearl (film)
U.S. theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Emilio Fernández|
|Produced by||Óscar Dancigers|
|Screenplay by||John Steinbeck|
|Based on||The Pearl|
by John Steinbeck
María Elena Marqués
|Music by||Antonio Díaz Conde|
|Edited by||Gloria Schoemann|
RKO Radio Pictures
Film Asociados Mexico-Americanos
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
Películas Mexicanas (Peli-Mex)
In a fishing village in La Paz, Mexico, pearl fisherman Kino (Armendáriz) and his wife Juana (Marqués) are in anguish because their infant son Coyotito was stung by a scorpion. The nearest doctor, a foreigner, refuses to treat him without adequate payment and he is taken instead to a traditional healer (curandero). Later, the doctor and his brother (Wagner), a loan shark, meet Kino after he finds a valuable pearl and they decide to steal it from him.
When the film was released, Bosley Crowther, film critic for The New York Times, liked the film, writing, "An exceptional motion picture, both in content and genesis, is the beautiful and disturbing filmization of John Steinbeck's novelette, The Pearl, which reached an appropriate showcase at the Sutton Theatre yesterday. Exceptional it is in genesis by virtue of the fact that it was made in Mexico by a Mexican company with Mexican actors who speak English throughout. And extraordinary it is in content through the benefit of a story of primitive power, told with immaculate integrity through an eloquent camera."
More recently, film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a mixed review and wrote, "Though the film is clumsy in its characterizations, the shimmering gorgeous black-and-white photography by cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa makes the film seem potent."
Venice Film Festival - 1947Edit
Premio Ariel - 1948Edit
Golden Globe - 1949Edit
Madrid Film Festival - 1949Edit