The Castle of Purity

The Castle of Purity

Film poster
Directed by Arturo Ripstein
Produced by Angélica Ortiz
Written by Arturo Ripstein
José Emilio Pacheco
Starring Claudio Brook
Rita Macedo
Diana Bracho
Arturo Beristáin
Gladys Bermejo
David Silva
María Rojo
Cinematography Alex Phillips
Release dates
  • 1972 (1972)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Mexico
Language Spanish

The Castle of Purity (Spanish: El castillo de la pureza) is a 1972 Mexican drama film directed by Arturo Ripstein.


The film depicts a man who keeps his family isolated in his home for years to protect them from "the evil nature of human beings" while inventing, with his wife, rat poison.



Ariel Awards

The Ariel Awards are awarded annually by the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences in Mexico. El Castillo de la Pureza received five awards out of 10 nominations.[1]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1973 El Castillo de la Pureza
(tied with Mecánica Nacional and Reed, México Insurgente)
Best Picture Won
Arturo Ripstein Best Direction Nominated
Arturo Beristáin Best Supporting Actor Won
Diana Bracho Best Supporting Actress Won
Arturo Ripstein, José Emilio Pacheco Best Original Screenplay Won
Best Original Story Nominated
Alex Phillips Best Cinematography Nominated
Eufemio Rivera Best Editing Nominated
Manuel Fontanals Best Scenography Won
Lucero Isaac Best Set Decoration Nominated

See also


  1. "XV 1973 — Ganadores y nominados" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas. 1973. Retrieved May 24, 2016.

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