A Ballad for Tex explores the relationship between film, theater and the other visual and performing arts, and it aims to entertain but also to challenge its audience. It brings together, with its formal aspects, well-known different genres such as the musical, the western and the melodrama. It is the story of Elizabeth, an aspiring actress, leading a very unhappy life, trapped in a loveless marriage. She finds escape within the bright colors of a painting that comes to life in the form of a musical number. Our story, which sees its main characters moving from one dimension to another, purposely lends itself to a treatment that takes distance from realistic representation and allows, within its creative possibilities, the merging of its genres on multiple levels. Within its formal ambitions, the film tries to strike a balance between a classical approach to its narrative and a more experimental one. In order to do so it borrows many formal devices from the other arts, theater in particular and draws its strength in the investigation that results from applying these to a cinematic content.