El hombre sin rostro (1950) Poster

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A handsome man with no face?
ingridtl20 June 2005
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This is a wonderful film of suspense, is about a detective that is obsessed to catch a murderer of women in the city of Mexico. This detective had bad dreams in which he sees women with no face, dancing and spelling bad words about him, but he thinks the dreams are associate with his obsession for catch the killer. Consulting a friend, who is psychiatrist, he tries to found the cause of his nightmares and his obsession about the red color into them; this is the reference of the title "A man with no face". The end is a surprise. The writer had the opportunity to consult a very famous psychiatrist of the city of Mexico to endow his work of more credibility.
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Blank face of the killer.
HumanoidOfFlesh25 January 2011
A blank faced killer is preying for young women.A detective wants to catch him.He has nightmare visions about elusive stalker.Very dream-like and atmospheric horror movie from Mexico with extremely moody prologue.The funeral procession with coffins,blank face of the mysterious figure in the fog and a lone detective sitting on the bench.My copy of "El Hombre Sin Rostro" is in Spanish,so most of the plot went beyond me.The dream sequences are genuinely spooky and creative,the acting is spot-on and the cinematography is elegant.I wish I could see "El Hombre Sin Rostro" with English subtitles.But maybe I should stop being lazy and finally learn Spanish.7 blank faces out of 10.
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A pretty prescient Mexican Noir from the '50s
melvelvit-121 June 2014
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Many Mexican movies made in "La Epoca De Oro" are like Hollywood seen in a fun house mirror, distorted reflections of trends dominating the films of it's uber-influential neighbor to the north. The impact of Hollywood's Film Noir cycle in the late 1940s was particularly strong and is even said to have spawned the Mexican "cabaretera" genre of the early 1950s. Veteran director Juan Bustillo Oro's THE FACELESS MAN takes the topical popularity of psychoanalysis in Hollywood Film Noir where no one would dare go until a decade later:

After a Dali-esque dream sequence, the film opens like DOUBLE INDEMNITY with a dazed city coroner stumbling to his office in the middle of the night to confess murder. Flashbacks relate the story of Juan Carlos Lozano (handsome heartthrob Arturo De Córdova), a deeply troubled police detective agonizing over his inability to catch a serial sex killer who likes to mutilate his victims. Haunted by his fear of failure and recurring nightmares, Juan Carlos gets psychoanalyzed by his good friend the coroner where it's revealed he was dominated by a monstrous mother who won't let go, even after death...

THE FACELESS MAN is a suspense-filled examination of a tortured human psyche and has all the appropriate trope (a shadowy nightworld, tormented voice-over narration, trenchcoats & fedoras, flashbacks, and best of all, revealing and surreal dream sequences) needed to explore dark psycho- sexual themes that wouldn't be seen on American screens until Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO a decade later. An incredible find way ahead of its time.
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An innovative and intelligent thriller
Chris Cuervo8 December 2011
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A Mexican psycho-killer film before psycho-killer era... there is a man (maybe a killer) obsessed with his mother, like Psycho (1960)... there is a masked killer hunting women, like those filmed by Mario Bava's giallo in 1960s... but this is a 1950 movie. The script make it a very interesting and tense movie, also Jorge Stahl's cinematography works fine, with some touches of expressionism in the set design and the classical light/shadow use of the film-noir. Arturo De Córdova did a great job, playing a character he did tenths of times, a refined man with a dark side that eventually arise and possesses him completely. Even when Juan Bustillo Oro is barely remembered, this film is a proof of how unfaithful is that poor attention to his work in modern decades.
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