Eclipse de sol (Argentina, 1943) & El cura Lorenzo (Argentina, 1954)

Saturday, September 30, 2017
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

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

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Eclipse de sol (Argentina, 1943), directed by Luis Saslavsky. A vaudeville singer (Libertad Lamarque) secretly marries a wealthy landowner (George Rigaud), who soon returns to his ranch, fearing the rejection of his snobbish family. To teach him a lesson, she shows up at his estancia pretending to be a maid. Working from a popular stage play adapted by tango lyricist and versatile writer Homero Manzi, Luis Saslavsky directed a screwball comedy with singing star Libertad Lamarque. Giving the film’s title an ironic twist, Lamarque is cast as Sol Bernal, a platinum blonde defying class conventions in 1940s Argentina. A comedy of white telephones and lovely musical numbers, Eclipse de sol is peppered with sentimental touches and a dash of sex farce, thanks to Saslavsky’s visual sophistication. As Variety noted, “With many scenes and situations frankly borrowed from Hollywood productions, Eclipse de sol is nevertheless a fast-paced, expensively done comedy that because of its top star and direction should do well."

Followed by El cura Lorenzo (Argentina, 1954), directed by Augusto Cesar Vatteone. A heart-warming and entertaining chronicle of Salesian priest Lorenzo Massa. His work in the Almagro neighborhood of Buenos Aires in the early 1900s led to the founding of San Lorenzo de Almagro, one of the best soccer clubs in Argentina. (Pope Francis, who grew up in this neighborhood in the 1940s, is a fan). Father Massa (Ángel Magaña), an athletic young priest, is sent to serve a working class community, where he initially faces indifference and hostility. Following the conventions of the Hollywood biopic, the film describes the characters and their plights with affection, and a dash of drama, as they are changed by the example of the priest. As noted by renowned Argentine film historian Domingo Di Núbila, El cura Lorenzo transmits an optimistic message about human solidarity. Unfortunately, the work of Vatteone, as Di Núbila wrote in a profile of the director, remains one of the most undervalued and forgotten in the cinema of Argentina.

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