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Salon Mexico

Two Monks

Dos monjes

This strikingly atmospheric film is a great example of Mexican gothic cinema.

Image from Two Monks

Mexico 1934
Dir Juan Bustillo Oro
With Víctor Urruchúa, Carlos Villatoro, Magda Haller
Digital 4K
English subtitles

The 1930s saw the emergence of a distinctly Mexican gothic cinema, and this strikingly atmospheric film is a fascinating example. Suffused with a mood of psychological unease that bears the unmistakable influence of German Expressionism, it concerns two monks embroiled in a struggle for the love of the same woman, and tells the tale from both of their perspectives as it builds to a shocking climax.

Restored by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in collaboration with Filmoteca de la UNAM and Cinémathèque française. Restoration funded by the Material World Charitable Foundation.


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