Cover for book Beauties of Mexican Cinema


Beauties of Mexican Cinema was the third illustrated, bilingual volume edited and published by the Agrasánchez Film Archive.  Its author is Rogelio Agrasánchez Jr.

María Elena Marqués in La perla (1945)This volume pays homage to the actresses whose beauty and talent enriched Mexican movies between 1930 and 1970s.  Some of them had outstanding cinematic careers in Mexico and beyond its borders.  Names like Lupe Vélez, Dolores del Río, María Félix and Katy Jurado are indelibly written in the history of cinema.  Some others are icons of cult movies: Lorena and Tere Velázquez, Amedée Chabot, Kitty de Hoyos, Maura Monti.

The 'Beauties of Mexican Cinema' structure allows the reader to make a pleasant tour along the history of movies made in Mexico.  Its introduction gives a general view on the evolution of the aesthetic types and the roles assigned to pretty actresses from the beginning of Mexican cinema to the late sixties.

Along three beautifully illustrated chapters, Agrasánchez takes us to the golden years of Mexican cinema, recounting the lives and careers of its female stars:

Brief biographies, quotes from the actresses themselves and from critics or journalists, tell us about the dreams and realities of the 61 actresses portrayed in the book.

Dolores del Río, studio pictureEvocative and gorgeous images invite us to enter the enchanted world of movies. Many of these beauties are still capable of filling the silver screen with their charm, glittering eyes, velvety skins and breathtaking bodies.

As a bonus, there is a "photo album" with images of many more beauties of Mexican cinema.

Rogelio Agrasánchez Jr. and Mrs. Yolanda Montez "Tongolele"          Book presentation at the Cineteca Nacional, Mexico D.F.; Magdalena Acosta, Director; Rogelio Agrasánchez Jr,, and Diana Bracho, actress and presenter

This book contains a list of awards given to the young and talented actresses between 1940 and 1970.

An illustration index makes the book complete.

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