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Another Dawn (1943)

Distinto amanecer (original title)
The disaffected wife of a failed civil servant, is thrilled to re-encounter Octavio, a former lover who is now a union activist on the run from a corrupt politician. Hoping to help him, she... See full summary »

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Andrea Palma ...
Julieta
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Octavio
Alberto Galán ...
Ignacio Elizalde
Narciso Busquets ...
Juanito
Beatriz Ramos ...
Ignacio's lover
Paco Fuentes ...
Memo
Octavio Martínez ...
Jorge Ruiz
Felipe Montoya ...
Don Santos
Enrique Uthoff ...
Vidal
Maruja Grifell ...
Ruiz wife
Manuel Arvide ...
Gunman
Lucila Bowling ...
Gloria
Manuel Dondé ...
Gunman
Ana María González ...
Singer at cabaret
Kiko Mendive ...
Singer at cabaret
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The disaffected wife of a failed civil servant, is thrilled to re-encounter Octavio, a former lover who is now a union activist on the run from a corrupt politician. Hoping to help him, she descends into the Mexican underworld, where she finds a purpose-and a thrill-missing from her married life. Written by TV

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Cada noche un amor
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Pursued, Pedro Armendáriz finds his love for Andrea Palma
8 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Distinto Amanacer" (1943) is an early Mexican film noir, a classic that belongs to the Mexican Golden Era. Filmed partly on location, it stars a male icon of Mexican cinema, Pedro Armendáriz, as he discovers his love for an unhappily married woman, Andrea Palma. Her husband, Alberto Galán, has allowed her to become a cabaret woman. Years before, all three were students together. Palma now has a son, Narciso Busquets. Galán has a lover, Beatriz Ramos. Palma's kindly and understanding nightclub manager is played by Paco Fuentes.

They are enmeshed in an effort by union organizer Armendáriz to make known the role of authorities in the assassination of his co-leader, while he himself is being tracked and pursued throughout the story.

The film features copious noir cinematography from the master, Gabriel Figueroa. Night and the city play a role as do shadowy interiors, a darkened movie theater, and a cabaret sequence in which Armendáriz and Palma dance while attempting to escape the pursuit of General Vidal (Enrique Uthoff) and his gunmen.

Armendáriz has a fixed purpose from which he hardly ever wavers, until he risks it in order to demonstrate his love for Palma that has been dormant for years. As bad as her marriage situation is, she is torn between love and duty. The romantic melodrama is infused with the feeling of invisible bonds of obligation, while it also supplies an adept criticism of Mexican society and power. The acting is understated throughout, and yet the film conveys strong feelings of people who are caught in an atmosphere that's oppressive. There is some excellent dialog on occasion.

The film is not without its faults although they may be fitting. Armendáriz tends to be stiff in this role; but this befits his purpose. The cabaret sequence is rather lengthy; but it recreates what audiences of the time experienced. The screenplay is talky at times. It has some very nice touches along the way, such as the man with dark glasses who buys biscuits for his wife and tails Armendáriz.

The movie is titled "Another Dawn" on IMDb, and I've also seen the translation "A Different Dawn". The film's reputation has gone through cycles over the years. At present, it's a film that appears at revivals and festivals. This is well-deserved.


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