IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE
(SI MUERO ANTES DE DESPERTAR)
Argentina | 1952 | 35mm | 73 min. | Spanish with English subtitles
Director: Carlos Hugo Christensen
Cast: Néstor Zavarce, Blanco del Prado, Floren Delbene
Sworn to an oath of secrecy, a frightened schoolboy is determined to track down an abductor of children without telling any adults or police. Expressionistically told from the child’s point of view, this marvelous and visually arresting Argentine thriller is an adaptation of a short story by Cornell Woolrich (Rear Window). Director Christensen’s style recalls Fritz Lang’s M and anticipates Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter. 35mm restored print courtesy UCLA Film & Television Archive and Film Noir Foundation.
HARDLY A CRIMINAL
(APENAS UN DELINCUENTE)
Argentina | 1949 | 35mm | 88 min. | Spanish with English subtitles
Director: Hugo Fregonese
Cast: Jorge Salcedo, Sebastián Chiola, Tito Alonso
Director Fregonese tells the true story of José Moran, who embezzled from his Buenos Aires employers and planned to reclaim the loot following a six year prison sentence. The most celebrated of Fregonese’s Argentine films, made before his sojourn in Hollywood, begins as an urban crime drama and evolves into a jailbreak story. This South American film noir provided a significant amount of inspiration for Rodrigo Moreno’s 2023 critics’ favorite The Delinquents. 35mm restored print courtesy UCLA Film & Television Archive and Film Noir Foundation.