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'Tis the Season
Join us Wednesday, December 18, at 7:30 pm for a special evening of yule cruelty, as the Film Noir Foundation presents a dark holiday classic from south of the border--and reveals the entire schedule for NOIR CITY INTERNATIONAL II, a program of noir from around the globe, coming January 24-February 2, 2020, to the majestic Castro Theatre.

1946, Mexico. Producciones Mercurio. 96 min.
Story: Rian James and Roberto Gavaldon, adapted by Jack Wagner; screenplay: Jose Revueltas; director: Roberto Gavaldon
In Spanish, DCP with English subtitles

Dolores del Rio, one of the most beautiful actresses of all time, stars in this noir-laden thriller as identical twins: Maria, a manicurist who lives in near-poverty, and her sister Magdalena, who married the wealthy man Maria once loved. When the estranged sisters reunite at the funeral of Magdalena's husband, Maria can't help but imagine how different life would be if she could only trade places with her sister. Uh-oh. Take a guess where this is headed. Costarring Jose Baviera, Agustin Irusta, and Victor Junco, with extraordinary cinematography by the great Alex Phillips.

Del Rio enjoyed a successful career in Hollywood during the 1920s and 1930s before she returned to her native Mexico in the 1940s to claim her place as one of the nation's most renowned stars. La Otra is the first feature made under her own production banner, Mercurio. The film was also the initial collaboration between director Roberto Gavaldon and writer-activist Jose Revueltas, who would make eleven more films together, becoming arguably the preeminent filmmaking team in Mexico.

Enjoy this hot-blooded noir appetizer in anticipation of the full-blown feast of international noir coming January 24-February 2, 2020 . . . NOIR CITY 18!


Holiday Giving at NOIR CITY Xmas

Here's your chance to prove it's not such a bitter little world after all!  At this year's NOIR CITY Xmas, we will have collection bins at the event for both the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program and the COTS food bank, and we encourage everyone to give what they can. The San Francisco Firefighters are looking for toys for kids, infants through 12 years old. Toys must be not be gift wrapped. The COTS food bank needs the following: peanut butter, low-sugar cereal, whole-grain rice, pasta, oats, low-sodium soups and stews, tuna and other canned meats, and canned fruits and vegetables. Please no glass, opened items, perishables, or items past their "use before" date. Thank you in advance for any contributions you can make of toys (including books) or food.


Castro Theatre (View)
429 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
United States


Film > Festivals
Film > Movies

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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