Letters from Marusia (1975): Miguel Littin’s Mexcio’s Oscar Nominee, Political Allegory of Chile

Directed by Miguel Littin, a Chilean exile in Mexico, Letters from Marusia is based on Patricio Manns’ 1974 novel, inspired by the Marusia massacre of 1925.

Letters from Marusia

Mexican Poster

The movie, Mexico’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, is a grippingly depressing political allegory of life under the dictatorial Pinochet.

It was also entered into the 1976 Cannes Film Fest.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Best Foreign Language Oscar

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar was Dersu Uzala by Akira Kurosawa.

Gian Maria Volonté – Gregorio
Diana Bracho – Luisa
Claudio Obregón – Capt. Troncoso
Eduardo López Rojas – Domingo Soto
Patricia Reyes Spíndola – Rosa
Salvador Sánchez – Sebastian
Ernesto Gómez Cruz – Crisculo ‘Medio Juan’
Arturo Beristáin – Arturo
Silvia Mariscal – Margarita
Alejandro Parodi – Espinoza
Patricio Castillo – Tte. Gaínza


Directed by Miguel Littín, Written by Miguel Littín, Patricio Manns, Freddy Taverna G.
Produced by Anuar Badin, Arturo Feliu
Cinematography Jorge Stahl Jr.
Music by Mikis Theodorakis

Release date: April 8, 1976
Running time: 110 minutes