The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Macario.
Adapted by Emilio Carballido and filmmaker Roberto Gavaldón from legendary author B. Traven’s novella The Third Guest, itself inspired by a tale of the Brothers Grimm, comes this masterpiece of fantastic cinema. A poor woodcutter and family man, Macario (Ignacio López Tarso), is obsessed with ending his hunger and hides in the woods to enjoy one filling meal, only to meet a series of mystical visitors and befriend Death himself (Enrique Lucero). Macario is bestowed a water with the power to surmount death and sets out to improve the lives of his family, only to become the object of scrutiny for the local Catholic authorities. A late classic of the Golden Age of Mexican film and a major touchstone for magical realism in Latin American cinema, Macario achieved international acclaim and was the first Mexican feature film nominated for the Academy Award.
- New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- New interview with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro
- B. Traven: A Mystery Solved, Will Wyatt’s 65-minute, 1978 made-for-television documentary
- The Enigmatic Story of B. Traven, an hour-long, 2012 documentary by Xavier Villetard for French television
- Theatrical trailer
- Plus: B. Traven’s source novella The Third Guest and a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Glenn Erickson Continue reading