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La otra / En la palma de tu mano
Downtown Independent
Los Angeles, CA
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La otra / En la palma de tu mano
La otra  (Mexico, 1946)

In this noirish crime drama, Dolores del Río plays identical twins: María, a poor manicurist who leads a life of hardship; and Magdalena, who married the wealthy man María once loved.  When the estranged sisters meet again at the funeral of Magdalenas husband, María begins to wonder how her life would be if she were in her sisters place.  Del Río had enjoyed a successful film career in Hollywood during the 20s and 30s, before returning to her native Mexico in the 40s and becoming one of the countrys most beloved stars.  La otra is the first feature she made under her own production company, Mercurio, and it also marked the first collaboration between Roberto Gavaldón and writer and political activist José Revueltas, who worked on 11 more movies together.  Almost two decades later, in 1964, Paul Henreid directed an American remake, Dead Ringer, starring Bette Davis, Karl Malden and Peter Lawford. Roberto Esteban Green Quintana

DCP, b/w, 98 min.  Director: Roberto Gavaldón.  Cast: Dolores del Río, Agustín Irusta, Víctor Junco, José Baviera.

En la palma de tu mano  (Mexico ,1951)

Considered by many critics to be one of the best movies of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, this captivating film noir features Arturo de Córdoba as an unscrupulous fake clairvoyant, Jaime Karín, who swindles wealthy women using the information that his wife Clara, a hairdresser in a beauty parlor, provides him.  But his life takes an unexpected turn when he tries to blackmail the beautiful widow Ada Romano, played by Leticia Palma, and falls in love.  This would be one of Palmas last roles before her short career was sabotaged, according to the actress, by movie producer Oscar Brooks when she refused to become his mistress.  Palma's performance was highly praised, as was Alex Phillips crisp black and white cinematography.  Not surprisingly, the movie was nominated for 11 Ariel Awards and won 8: Best Picture, Direction, Actor, Cinematography, Original Story, Editing, Production Design and Sound.Roberto Esteban Green Quintana

DCP, b/w, 113 min.  Director: Roberto Gavaldón.  Cast: Arturo de Córdoba, Leticia Palma, Carmen Montejo, Ramón Gay.

Recuerdos de un cine en español: Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles, 1930-1960 screens Sept. 23 - Dec. 10 at the Downtown Independent and UCLAs Billy Wilder Theater.  Enjoy access to all films in this series with a pass!

This retrospective is presented by UCLA Film & Television Archive, as part of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.  Major support for this program is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

Online admission:  $10
Box office admission:
General:  $9
Seniors:  $8
UCLA Alumni Association Members:  $8
Non-UCLA students:  $8
UCLA students:  Free.  UCLA students should claim the ticket at the box office on the day of the screening at least 15 minutes before show time.  If a UCLA student arrives closer to show time, they may be asked to wait in a rush line for any unsold seats.


Downtown Independent (View)
251 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States


Film > Movies

Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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