La otra (Mexico, 1946) & En la palma de tu mano (Mexico, 1951)

Monday, September 25, 2017
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

Recuerdos de un cine en espaƱol: Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles

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La otra (Mexico, 1946), directed by Roberto Gavaldón. In this noirish crime drama, Dolores del Río plays identical twins: María, a poor manicurist who leads a life of hardship; and Magdalena, who married the wealthy man María once loved. When the estranged sisters meet again at the funeral of Magdalena’s husband, María begins to wonder how her life would be if she were in her sister’s place. Del Río had enjoyed a successful film career in Hollywood during the ’20s and ’30s, before returning to her native Mexico in the ’40s and becoming one of the country’s most beloved stars. La otra is the first feature she made under her own production company, Mercurio, and it also marked the first collaboration between Roberto Gavaldón and writer and political activist José Revueltas, who worked on 11 more movies together. Almost two decades later, in 1964, Paul Henreid directed an American remake, Dead Ringer, starring Bette Davis, Karl Malden and Peter Lawford.

Followed by En la palma de tu mano (Mexico, 1951), directed by Roberto Gavaldón. Considered by many critics to be one of the best movies of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, this captivating film noir features Arturo de Córdoba as an unscrupulous fake clairvoyant, Jaime Karín, who swindles wealthy women using the information that his wife Clara, a hairdresser in a beauty parlor, provides him. But his life takes an unexpected turn when he tries to blackmail the beautiful widow Ada Romano, played by Leticia Palma, and falls in love. This would be one of Palma’s last roles before her short career was sabotaged, according to the actress, by movie producer Oscar Brooks when she refused to become his mistress. Palma's performance was highly praised, as was Alex Phillips’ crisp black and white cinematography. Not surprisingly, the movie was nominated for 11 Ariel Awards and won 8: Best Picture, Direction, Actor, Cinematography, Original Story, Editing, Production Design and Sound.

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