¡Asegure a su mujer! (U.S., 1935) & Náda mas que una mujer (U.S., 1934)

Sunday, October 1, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

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

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¡Asegure a su mujer! (U.S., 1935), directed by Lewis Seiler, centers on the business idea of Ricardo Randall (Roulien) to establish an insurance policy to protect men from the infidelity of their wives. The plot thickens when Ricardo’s secretary, and love interest, Camelia (Montenegro) is confronted with the return of Rita Martín (Maris), a former lover of Ricardo whose husband Eduardo Martín (Moreno) has placed her under insurance. Although based on a play by Argentinian writer Julio Escobar, the film could be mistaken for a Hollywood screwball comedy. It features an international cast including singer Roulien (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), dancer Montenegro (San Sebastián, Spain), former Hollywood silent movie star Antonio Moreno (Madrid, Spain), and sultry actress Mona Maris (Buenos Aires, Argentina)—best remembered for her work in singer Carlos Gardel’s Cuesta abajo. The film features tango songs interpreted by Roulien, with lyrics by Spanish playwright Enrique Jardiel Poncela who also collaborated in the film adaptation.

Followed by Náda mas que una mujer (U.S., 1934), directed by Harry Lachman. Beautifully photographed by Rudolph Maté, the transnational character of this Hollywood Spanish-language version of Pursued (1934, Fox), written by famed Spanish author Enrique Jardiel Poncela, showcases the cultural diversity of the Spanish-speaking world through Russian-Jewish-Argentine actress Berta Singerman. Here she portrays the undecipherable Mona Estrada, a cabaret performer in Borneo who falls for David Landeen, played by Filipino-Spanish heartthrob Juan Torena. Internationally known for her poetry performances, Singerman's talent is captured as she recites literary works of Afro-Cuban (La Rumba by José Zacarías Tallet), Argentinian (Pregones de Buenos Aires by Alberto Vaccarezza), Mexican (Hombres necios by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz), and Chilean authors (Canción de los que buscan olvidar by Gabriela Mistral).

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