Cinema arrives in Mexico practically a year after the new art born in Paris on December 28, 1895 became known to the world. The then president, Porfirio Díaz, along with his entire cabinet, delight in astonished viewing of the images projected by the cinematograph , starting the collective madness to channel this wonder of human creation to bring entertainment to a population.
Fernando de Fuentes, a great director of unforgettable films, premiered in 1935 the film « Let’s go with Pancho Villa » where in a symbolic way the so-called « Golden Age of Mexican Cinema » begins, which includes from 1935 to 1960, leaving us a legacy of great productions with leading artists, who have marked generations both in the film industry and in its viewers.
One of those films that markedly marked the viewer was the 1947 film « We the Poor » with Pedro Infante as the main protagonist. As a result of the success of this film, there were two sequels that were enlisted in the dynamics of this type of social drama, which were: “You the rich” (1948) and “Pepe el Toro” from 1952 that made up this trilogy of the New urban classes of the worker in Mexico City where he details the melodrama experienced by these characters.
Well, « We the poor » characterizes a humble character named Pepe (Pedro Infante) who is a carpenter by trade, and although he has all the shortcomings of a poor individual, he always values the principles of dignity, humility and attachment to the family as a way of sharing needs among all. However, the film portrays the essence of social injustices with marked class differences, as a way of highlighting the level of poverty in Mexican neighborhoods.
Pepe as the head of the family, is entangled by a series of tragic events, which is accused of a crime that he did not commit, however, with the help of the community, he manages that justice prevails, exposing the drama to which they are subjected. the ragged men unhappy before the reality that they have to live day by day.
It must be remembered that the characteristics of such poverty in Mexico City in those years were very similar to the prevailing conditions in Latin America, so many of the situations shown in the film were identified in our countries, and the Dominican Republic was not. was the exception. That is why this social drama together with the fame of the artists made it commercial successes along with songs for popular taste.
Pedro Infante performs one of his best performances, establishing himself in the affection of the public, contributing his mythical aura of singer and actor. It was to be expected that his songs cannot be absent as part of satisfying the audience, and on this occasion, he sings the famous bolero « Amorcito Corazón », « Las mañanitas », « And how beautiful it is to love » located within the appropriate scenes for the occasion, for which its director Ismael Rodríguez knew how to take advantage of Pedro Infante in close-ups to the delight of his followers.
« We poor people » was a commercial success that we only evoke in our memory seeing our parents going to the Capitolio, Olimpia, Independencia or Santomé cinema, to delight in a very special type of films, which were an essential part of our idiosyncrasy as village.
Therefore, it never hurts to be able to see this type of work as a form of longing for a cinema that is there as part of its evolution.
« We the poor » is based on a radio novel that Ismael Rodríguez wanted to take to the big screen with excellent adaptation.
The famous song “Amorcito Corazón” is an icon of popular culture. This song was written by Pedro de Urdimalas and the music by Manuel Esperón which was composed for the film.
The scene when Pedro Infante sings it in his carpentry workshop is one of the most parodied and imitated on Mexican television.
According to the 1994 magazine “Somos” in Mexico City on the 100 best films of Mexican cinema, “Nosotros los Pobres” ranks 27th among the best of its cinema.