Less well known is a Mexican plague film scripted by Gabriel Garcia Marquez no less. It's called El ano de la peste, from 1979, and it's an adaptation of Daniel Defoe's book, A Journal of the Plague Year. Defoe's novel, written in 1722, is about the Great Plague of 1665 that struck London. Marquez takes the story and transposes it to a contemporary Mexican village. As Marquez said, "I've always been interested in plagues, beginning with Oedipus Rex. A Journal of the Plague Year is one of my favorite books. Plagues are like imponderable dangers that surprise people. They seem to have a quality of destiny. It's the phenomenon of death on a mass scale. What I find curious is that the great plagues have always produced great excesses. They make people want to live more. It's that almost metaphysical dimension that interests me."
El ano de la peste concerns a doctor who becomes aware of a terrible germ killing people in a Mexican town, but by the time the authorities he has warned take him seriously, the germ has spread and all of Mexico becomes threatened. The government (never efficient or very helpful in these movies) tries to contain the situation and is less than truthful to the public in how they deal with it. This film is a sci-fi-horror film-thriller hybrid and is directed by Felipe Cazals. It's an intelligent film that gets into the political and economic fallout of an ecological and medical disaster - all things that, needless to say, remain relevant. How the film winds up I won't give away, but it does conclude with a note of pungent irony that doesn't cast an admirable light on the government authorities.
You can watch this film on You Tube. It's worth checking out.
Happy plague film viewing!