The Pearl (La perla) (1947)




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Gabriel Figueroa's evocative photography makes the Mexican-American co-production The Pearl seem a more significant piece of filmmaking than it really is. Based on John Steinbeck's short novel, The Pearl is the tragic fable of a simple Mexican fisherman (Pedro Armendariz) who finds a valuable pearl and begins fantasizing about untold wealth and luxury for himself and family. His more sensible wife (Maria Elena Marques) is uncertain as to whether the pearl is an omen of good luck, but soon she, too, falls under its spell. The couple's naivete leads to their being exploited and brutalized by sharpsters and thieves. Before the fisherman angrily hurls the pearl back into the sea, the gem brings about nothing but death and despair. Co-scripted by Steinbeck, director Emil Fernandez, and Jack Wagner, The Pearl was filmed on location in Mexico, using the facilities of the RKO-owned Churubusco Studios. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for The Pearl (La perla)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

An exceptional motion picture, both in content and genesis, is the beautiful and disturbing filmization of John Steinbeck's novelette, The Pearl.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
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The Pearl was not a hit at the box office but it remains one of the best pictures ever to come out of RKO.

Full Review… | September 9, 2014
TV Guide

Figueroa's lighting is so enchanting you'll never notice the film is in black and white.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
East Bay Express

The shimmering gorgeous black-and-white photography by cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa makes the film seem potent.

Full Review… | May 17, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A touching movie that speaks to everyone and is well worth renting.

Full Review… | July 30, 2002
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