BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!
Andrea Palma, Pedro Armendáriz, Alberto Galán, Narciso Busquets,
Labor activists, cabaret singers, and corrupt politicians stalk the back streets of Mexico City in Bracho’s stylized film noir, which adds a unique revolutionary spin to that genre’s rain-soaked, tenebrous aesthetics. “An antifascist noir comparable to and in some ways superior to Casablanca”(J. Hoberman, New York Review of Books), the film stars the great Pedro Armendáriz as a union organizer on the run from government goons; a chance meeting with a former flame (Andrea Palma) leads to further danger. Cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa transforms Mexico City into a noir realm of shadows and low-key lighting, flickering with danger, love, and revolution.