Originally destined for a military career, in the early 1940s Emilio Fernández, nicknamed "El Indio" because of his Indian roots, shifted his focus to the silver screen, gaining international recognition with María Candelaria, winner of the Grand Prix at the 1946 Festival de Cannes.
A committed and revolutionary filmmaker, has was passionate in his portrayal of the Mexican working classes, and his films depict a nation marked by its heritage and customs, such as religion, revolution, indigenous roots and family ties.
This remarkable vision is expressed in Enamorada, which features proud and seductive characters, but whose actions are dictated by their country's traditions. The Mexican Revolution serves as a backdrop to the emerging love story between a revolutionary troublemaker and an aristocratic beauty. While seizing the city of Cholula and stripping the rich of their wealth, Jose Juan Reyes, general of the troops, falls under the spell of Beatriz Peñafiel, daughter of the city's richest man. Captivated by her beauty, but troubled by her arrogant ways, he makes every effort to seduce her.
As well as being a violent and passionate love story, Enamorada was also the film that made a star of the elegant María Félix, who went on to become an icon of Mexican cinema, catching the eye of Jean Renoir and Luis Buñuel, in whose films she subsequently stars.