'Una Familia De Tantas' [Blu-ray]
(Fernando Soler, David Silva, Martha Roth, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (1949) 2020 / VCI Video - MVD Visual)
Overview: 'Una Familia De Tantas' (aka 'A Family Like Many Others') is not only the most popular and beloved family melodrama of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, it's also an intelligent, subtle cinematic dialogue with the audience.
Widely considered a masterpiece, the film reflects the morals of the urban middle class and questions the authoritarian logic of family structure.
Blu-ray Verdict: In the beginning of the 20th century, Mexicans were influenced in their daily lives by the exquisiteness of France's elegant and traditional culture. France combined perfectly with Spain's heritage in their family values.
Mexican family members were very close and their Religious beliefs allowed them to see the family as the center of their lives. Pretty soon this changed.
After the end of World War II the European influence gave way to the one from the United States, which was totally different. The upper and middle classes younger generations, in a desire of new guidelines looked to the North to adopt what that Country had to offer.
Families were never the same since then. The control that the Father used to have over his family members diminished abruptly, kids wanted to live their own lives even if this meant not to accept what till then had been the Patriarch's decision.
This is exactly what 'Una Familia De Tantas' is all about: The initiation of lost family traditions, which through the beginning of the 21st Century has disintegrated many families in Mexico.
Rodrigo Catano seeks to impose in his family a Porfirian order. One day a door to door salesman, Roberto del Hierro, comes into the house to sell an American vacuum cleaner from the "Bright O'Home" company.
Maru, Mr. Catano's daughter, watches Roberto while he demostrates the new machine. Roberto leaves and says he will come back to explain Mr. Catano about the vacuum cleaner.
Mr. Catano is very upset because a man has been in his house without him been present. Nevertheless, with fast and intelligent talk, Roberto sells him the vacuum cleaner and, later on, a refrigerator!
Maru is captivated by Roberto and they fall in love. Mr. Catano is furious when Roberto announces to him he will marry Maru.
In closing, and furthermore, 'Una Familia De Tantas' is a movie that allows many of us to meditate about traditions and modernity and is still as pertinent to our human society today as it ever was. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
'Una Familia De Tantas' Trailer