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In the Palm of Your Hand & The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales
January 10, 2014 @ 7:30 PM$10
In the Palm of Your Hand (En la palma de tu mano) (Mexico, 1950)
Directed by Roberto Gavaldón
In this exquisite Mexican film noir, Arturo de Córdova portrays “Karin,” a charlatan clairvoyant whose psychic glimpses into the secrets of society ladies are actually gleaned by his wife from the gossipy beauty salon where she works. Consulted by a wealthy woman rumored to have murdered her millionaire husband, Karin enters into an intoxicating and destructive affair with this captivating femme fatale.
Producer: Felipe Mier, Óscar J. Brooks. Screenwriter: Jose Revueltas, Roberto Gavaldón, based on a story by Luis Spota. Cinematographer: Alex Phillips. Editor: Charles L. Kimball. Cast: Arturo de Córdova, Leticia Palma, Carmen Montejo, Ramón Gay, Consuelo Guerrero de Luna.
35mm, b/w, in Spanish with English subtitles, 90 min.
The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales (El Esqueleto de la Señora Morales)(Mexico, 1959)
Directed by Rogelio A. González
Taxidermist Pablo is locked in a hellish marriage with long-suffering and extremely religious Gloria. After the shrewish wife has manipulated her husband into contributing to her church (personified here by a boorish clergy and a mindless, hypocritical laity), Pablo snaps. Actor Arturo de Córdova proves a rival to the likes of Vincent Price, straddling the demands of Grand Guignol and mordant social commentary in this blackest of comedies.
Producer: Sergio Kogan, Armando Espinosa. Screenwriter: Luis Alcoriza, based on the novel The Mystery of Islington by Arthur Machen. Cinematographer: Victor Herrera. Editor: Jorge Bustos. Cast: Arturo de Córdova, Amparo Rivelles, Elda Peralta, Guillermo Orea, Rosenda Monteros.
35mm, b/w, in Spanish with English subtitles, 92 min.