El castillo de la pureza (1972): A Closed Market Represented by a Closed Home

  • Christina L. Sisk


In this chapter, I analyze Arturo Ripstein’s El Castillo de la pureza (1972). In this film, the state’s economic idealism and repressive nature are embodied in Gabriel’s brutal paternalism. This patriarch imprisons his family and manages his wife and children in order to maximize their efficiency in the family business: the production and sale of rat poison. Through a discussion of the films historical context, I will show how the portrayal of an isolated family, serves as a national allegory to skewer the PRI’s paternalistic grip over Mexican society.

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  • Christina L. Sisk
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  1. 1.University of HoustonHoustonUSA

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