One of a crop of recently recovered gems from the “golden age” of Mexican classical cinema, Gavaldón’s pitch-black cine negro adopts themes (economic downturn, duplicitous women and foolish, desperate men) common to its noir cousins north of the border, but has a lush, poetically sonorous approach to genre that stands in counterpoint to Hollywood at the time.
Starring Arturo de Córdova and Leticia Palma. Digital Restoration.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
In the Palm of Your Hand
A hack fortune teller gradually becomes entranced by a black widow who, in a fit of spellbound pulp poetry, is likened to a “secret waterfall of death”.