Roberto Gavaldón, 1946. 98 min. Mexico. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 pm
Tuesday, October 18 at 9:30 pm
Newly subtitled by Spectacle!
Delores Del Río delivers some of her best work in dual roles as twin sisters María and Magdalena in this eerie thriller about a poor manicurist who murders her recently widowed, social climbing sister to inhabit her lifestyle, which entails unimagined sinister dimensions. There are undeniable shades of Hitchcock and Clouzot, but Gavaldón, best known for his fantastical B. Traven adaptation Macario, is a unique master of cinema in his own right deserving wider recognition. Though not as well known as Gabriel Figueroa, Canadian-born cinematographer Alex Phillips was a frequent collaborator of Gavaldón, Emilio Fernández and Fernando de Fuentes whose menacing chiaroscuro takes center stage in a number of nightmarish set pieces.