La muerte enamorada (1951)

LA MUERTE ENAMORADA (1951)
aka Death in Love
Article 4915 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 9-1-2015
Directed by Ernesto Cortazar
Featuring Miroslava, Fernando Fernandez, Jorge Reyes
Country: Mexico
What it is: Death personified comedy

An insurance agent who has wasted is life is visited by Death (a beautiful woman in black). Instead of taking him immediately, she offers him a few extra days of life if she can move in with him and experience what it’s like to be a human.

My copy of this movie is in Spanish without English subtitles, and much of what happens is dialogue-driven, so I’m really not in a good position to give a real evaluation of the movie. However, it does appear to be a good movie. The acting is quite strong, especially from Miroslava in the role of Death. Certain moments do come through; there’s a subplot involving Death’s attachment to a young girl, and we have several scenes of the insurance agent unsuccessfully attempting suicide. Given the language barrier, easily the most striking scene for me occurs when Death has a dream where she watches a musical troupe of skeletons perform a jazzed up version of Camille Saint-Saens’ “Danse macabre”; it’s a fun number and is only marred by the fact that the dancers don’t appear to be in sync with each other. Overall, it feels like a comic take on DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY, and despite the language barrier, it left a good impression on me.

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