English Release dateSeptember 12, 1947 (1947-09-12) (Mexico)
February 17, 1948 (1948-02-17) (United States) Based onThe Pearl
by John Steinbeck WriterJohn Steinbeck (novel), John Steinbeck (screenplay), Emilio Fernandez (screenplay), Jack Wagner (screenplay) Initial releaseSeptember 12, 1947 (Mexico) ScreenplayEmilio Fernandez, John Steinbeck, Jack Wagner CastPedro Armendariz (Kino), Maria Elena Marques (Juana), Fernando Wagner (Dealer 1), Gilberto Gonzalez (Aid 1), Alfonso Bedoya (Godfather) Similar moviesRelated Emilio Fernandez movies
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A poor fisherman finds a magnificent pearl, but has to face the thieves who want to take it from him.
La perla (The Pearl) is a 1947 Mexican film by the acclaimed director Emilio Fernandez. The story is based on the novella The Pearl by John Steinbeck, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the movie.
In 2002, this film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
A poor Mexican diver discovers a valuable pearl in the ocean, but it brings his family only trouble
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In a fishing village, Kino (Armendariz) and his wife Juana (Marques) are in anguish because their little son Coyotito was stung by a scorpion, the local doctor (a foreigner) refuses to treat the child and the boy is taken to a curandera. Later the doctor and his brother (Wagner), a loan shark meet Kino again, after he finds an expensive pearl and decide to steal it from him.
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Pedro Armendariz as Kino
Maria Elena Marques as Juana
Fernando Wagner as Dealer 1
Gilberto Gonzalezas Aid 1
Charles Rooner as Doctor
Juan Garcia as Aid 2
Alfonso Bedoya as Godfather
Raul Lechuga as Dealer 2
Max Langler as Peasant
When the film was originally 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 Steinbecks 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."