El hombre sin rostro (1950)
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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.