Sombra verde (Untouched). 1954. Mexico. Directed by Roberto Gavaldón. Screenplay by Luis Alcoriza, Rafael García Travesi, Roberto Gavaldón, José Revueltas, Ramiro Torres Septién. With Ricardo Montalbán, Ariadna Welter, Víctor Parra. In Spanish; English subtitles. 85 min.
The pearly bones of Shakespeare’s The Tempest are just visible in this exotic romance set in the jungle around Veracruz, where a research scientist (Ricardo Montalbán, taking some time out from MGM to return to his native country) has gone in search of barbasco roots, used in the production of synthetic hormones. Lost deep in the interior, he encounters a mysterious, machete-wielding stranger and his beautiful daughter—played by Mexico’s national scream queen, Ariadna Welter (El vampiro).
Restored by Permanencia Voluntaria and the UCLA Film & Television Archive