1 November 2003 | cyn_duncan
Jorge Negrete in his prime
If you are a fan of Mexican ranchera movies, here is a good one, starring Jorge Negrete as a follower of Pancho Villa. The film is set during the Revolution and is based on the well known corrido, "Adelita." It essentially just fleshes out the story told in the song. The love angle is secondary to all of the songs. Adelita is a rich girl who leaves home to follow her husband (Negrete) into battle. But while he goes off and fights, she stays behind. At times she even disappears from the film for blocks of time, while the men are off fighting and singing. But at the end, she comes back to a rousing chorus of "Adelita" and she and Negrete are reunited. This is typical stuff from 1948 Mexico, with above average musical numbers. It's not true to life history, but it's fun to watch.