EN LA PALMA DE TU MANO
[IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND]
Screening solo on June 2 and as a Double Feature with LA OTRA on June 5
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 Córdova as an unscrupulous fake clairvoyant who swindles wealthy women using the information that his wife, a hairdresser in a beauty parlor, provides him. But his life takes an unexpected turn when he tries to blackmail beautiful widow Leticia Palma and falls in love. This would be one of Palma's 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 eight: Best Picture, Direction, Actor, Cinematography, Original Story, Editing, Production Design and Sound. (Note courtesy of UCLA Film and Television Archive.) DIR/SCR Roberto Gavaldón; SCR Luis Spota, José Revueltas; PROD Óscar J. Brooks, Felipe Mier. Mexico, 1951, b&w, 90 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
AFI Member passes accepted.