Video clips to accompany lecture on
The Poetry of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

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These clips are taken from the film Yo, la peor de todas, directed by the late Argentine film-maker María Luisa Bemberg in 1990, about the life of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (based on Octavio Paz's book Sor Juana, o, las trampas de la fe).

The clips have been compacted as much as possible in order to avoid excessive download times -- the video motion is jerky but enough to give you some flavour of the film, which you can watch in the Language Laboratory.

Clip 1 - Meeting the Viceregal Couple
1 MB AVI Clip - be patient. Netscape users: click on the space above. Internet Explorer: use the controls.
This clip is from the beginning of the film, in which we see the new Viceroy and Vicereine attending a performance of a play by Sor Juana in the Convent. Sor Juana's reputation has preceded her, and the Viceroy enthusiastically tries to remember a famous poem of hers which gently mocks men for their hypocrisy towards women ("Hombres necios que acusáis a las mujeres sin razón"). Note the archbishop, who is shocked by such frivolity, and declares at the end, "This is not a convent, it's a brothel (lupanar)".
Note: recent versions of Internet Explorer should be able to play the clips without problems. For both Netscape and IE, you may be asked to download the appropriate multimedia plug-in or active X control before you can view the videos. The film Yo, la peor de todas was shown on UK Channel 4 Television, and these clips are reproduced under the University's Copyright Licensing Agreement for academic purposes only.

© Geoffrey Kantaris