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Portrayal of 17th-century Mexican poet, Sister Juana Ines del la Cruz (Serna). She develops a passionate but chaste friendship with Maria Luisa (Sanda), the wife of the Spanish viceroy in Mexico, and writes love poems to her. However, the newly appointed archbishop (Murua) is a religious fanatic who condemns Juana's work, burns her books, and proceeds to persecute her. Adapted from the novel, "The Traps of Faith," by Octavio Paz. Spanish with subtitles.

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Available on Running time 105 minutes. Originally from Spanish.

Cast and Crew

This Is Your Life, True Stories, Period Piece: 17th Century, Nuns & Priests, Poetry, Religion
Maria-Luisa Bemberg, Antonio Larreta
Assumpta Serna, Dominique Sanda, Lautaro Murua, Hector Alterio
Felix Monti
Maria-Luisa Bemberg
Luis Maria Serra
Lita Stantic, GEO Cinematografica, First Run Features

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