(249) SLAVE OF DESIRE (1968) Libertad Leblanc crime-noir
original Mexican/Spanish title ESCLAVA DEL
DESEO [Slave of Desire]
starring: Libertad Leblac · Wolf Rubinsky · Manuel Lopez
Ochoa · Carlos East · Cesar Del Campo
This Mexican crime-Noir film was highly controversial upon its release
in 1968, as it opens with a vicious rape/murder and continues with an
unsettling narrative of smoldering violence and sexual brutality, plus
rather substantial helpings of nudity [usually taboo in Mexican cinema].
There's also a subplot involving a gangster with a dependency on marijuana
(which resulted in the film being released as LUJURIA DE MARIHUANA [Lust
for Marijuana] in some markets [see poster to the right]).
story deals with an unhinged gangster named Bronco (Wolf Rubinsky) who
is double-crossed in a bank robbery when his partner Aurelio escapes with
all the money. Bronco and his gang take revenge by secretly raping/murdering
Aurelio's wife. Believing that Aurelio had hidden the loot at the family's
estate on a remote island off the coast of Acapulco, Bronco then makes
a pack with Perla, the dead girl's sister, to go there and wait for Aurelio
to retrieve it. But in the meantime, gangsters start showing up at the
place, claiming they had been summoned to help Bronco on a new job. Since
he hadn't contacted anybody and since the hideout was supposed to be a
secret, Bronco realizes somebody is plotting against him. But who? He
and Perla are in grave danger.
actress Libertad Leblanc was born Libertad María de los Ángeles
Vichich Blanco in Argentina. Throughout the '60s and '70s, she concentrated
on roles in exploitative fare like CAPTIVE
OF THE JUNGLE, WITNESS
FOR A CRIME and FURY
ON THE ISLAND. Libertad became "La actriz más famosa
de Sudamérica" [the most famous actress in South America].
She shot movies with directors in Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela and, of course,
Argentina. Miss Leblanc became known for her platinum blond hair, alabaster-white
skin and her perchance for playing good bad women with an active libido.
She retired in 1990 after 30 years in the movie spotlight.
here is Wolf Rubinsky, best known to genre fans for playing wrestler crimefighter
films from the mid '60s.
Mexican/Spanish film with optional English subtitles;
fullscreen format, uncut (80 min.),
in DVD format, encoded for ALL REGIONS, playable on any American DVD machine.
Extras include selected Libertad Leblanc trailers and clips.
Intended For Mature Audiences