The DVD for this somewhat obscure gem by Alberto Cortés, “Ciudad de Ciegos” [Eng. title: City of the Blind] had been sitting on my shelf for close to three years – while I bought it primarily for a memorable scene by Blanca Guerra, the reviews mentioned about the film being about some local eighties rock bands, which kinda put me off a bit. Having finally drawn the courage to watch it, I was pleasantly surprised to see that not only was the music rather good, the rock music theme was only a single segment within the film, and there was much more to it than just rock music.
The film is basically the history of an apartment from the 50’s to the 80’s, and carries ten segments or snapshots during the period. It bears witness to events concerning its various occupants, where dreams are born and shattered – a simple yet beautiful observation of human emotions, desires, interactions and consequences. The film has a great soundtrack featuring various genres across the timeline, and a jamming session in its last segment of a then up and coming Mexican rock band.
Those interested may want to check this title track out.
The DVD appears to have been authored without significant remastering and looks visibly aged, but at least there aren’t any cuts, and the full-frame aspect ratio was retained. Nevertheless, a great film, and Highly Recommended Viewing..!
The Nudity: This is a classic! The list of actresses credited as appearing in the nude include,
- Blanca Guerra
- Elpidia Carrillo
- Gabriela Roel
- Verónica Merchant
- Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez
- Silvana Orsattin