Excellent work by Rafael Gil and Alfredo Fraile direction and photography.
A Catholic priest "Father Muller" (Francisco Rabal), live in a communist country where they are being killed all religious. When you try to escape, he is stopped by a commissioner (Gérard Tichy), which had been a fellow student.
It's a strong film propaganda content, very common after the Spanish Civil War and the end of WWII. This genre, particularly stressed the wickedness and anti clericalism of the Communists. The film found a good time to develop these arguments, like this film, which is set in the post-war world, particularly in an unnamed country that has fallen under communist rule.
"El canto del gallo" part of the triple denial of Peter is mentioned in the Gospels to tackle the story of a priest who, persecuted for their beliefs, just three times disown their faith and condition, to save his life.
The most interesting part of the film is the aesthetic choice to recreate an oppressive environment, characterized by persecution, fear, vengeance and concealment; inspired by the purest black cinema, the film is almost entirely nocturnal, and their squalid and desolate locations (dark and lonely streets, jails, the house that shelters the priest), all beautifully lit by the excellent photography. So, the moral misery has a visual version, making it more credible and effective the message is intended to convey,
Rafael Gil modeled "The Third Man" by Carol Reed, who beyond his intriguing argument is a clear film anticommunist tone and squalor in which also results in images. Gil does an excellent job with a perfect photography, black and white, by Alfredo Fraile The interpretations are correct, especially the secondary (Jacqueline Pierreux, Asunción Balaguer, Antonio Riquelme, Julia Lajos Félix de Pomés , usually characterized as evil communists, but also more attractive than the troubled character played by Francisco Rabal.
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