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La casa de los millones and La dama duende

November 18, 2017 @ 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive presents “Recuerdos de un cine en español: Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles”

LA CASA DE LOS MILLONES (Argentina, 1942)
Directed by Luis Bayón Herrera

Restored by Fundación Cinemateca Argentina

Doña Fulgencia Codina (Olinda Bozán), an ill-tempered nouveau riche widow so mistreats her servants that only two are left, the long-suffering butler (Héctor Quintanilla) and a new hire, the wide-eyed but resourceful Fortunato Rico (Luis Sandrini). Her greedy family wants to declare her insane but Fortunato, literally and figuratively, turns the tables upside down in the mansion. A vehicle for the two popular leads, this light-hearted comedy is built around the malapropisms, puns, social commentary and slapstick of Olinda Bozán — a Hispanic Marie Dressler — and Luis Sandrini — Argentina’s version of Chaplin. Writer-director Luis Bayón Herrera had cut his teeth in the French-style revue theater of Buenos Aires, witty and risqué, and began his film career writing Carlos Gardel’s Luces de Buenos Aires (1931). Bayon Herrera’s knack was for quickly made, fast-paced comedies like La casa de los millones (1942) and its follow up La danza de la fortuna (1944).

Production: Establecimientos Filmadores Argentinos. Director: Luis Bayón Herrera. Screenwriters: Luis Bayón Herrera, Oscar Luis Massa. Cinematographer: Roque Funes. Cast: Luis Sandrini, Olinda Bozán, Héctor Quintanilla, Francisco López Silva.

DCP, b/w, 93 min. In Spanish with English subtitles.

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LA DAMA DUENDE (Argentina, 1945)
Directed by Luis Saslavsky

Restored by Fundación Cinemateca Argentina

The young widow of the viceroy of Peru, facing the dismal prospect of either a convent or a marriage of convenience, sets out to conquer a handsome officer, pretending she’s a duende, a ghost. Voted the best Argentine film of 1945, La dama duende is a beautifully crafted comedy of errors, based on the 17th-century play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. The most ambitious production of Estudios San Miguel, it was brought to the screen mostly by Spaniards exiled in Argentina as a result of the Civil War: the literary original was lightened up and set a century later by writers María Teresa León and Rafael Alberti, while designer Gori Muñoz recreated Goya tableaux, elegantly captured by the cinematography of José María Beltrán. Director Luis Saslavsky’s signature style may seem to sacrifice substance to aesthetics, but perhaps the same could be said of Pedro Almodóvar, the great stylist of Spanish cinema.

Production: San Miguel Films. Director: Luis Saslavsky. Screenwriter: Rafael Alberti, María Teresa León. Cinematographer: José María Beltrán. Cast: Manuel Collado, Helena Cortesina, Alberto de Mendoza, Enrique Diosdado, Delia Garcés.

DCP, b/w, 101 min. In Spanish with English subtitles.

FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.


November 18, 2017
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States