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Luis García Berlanga
José Luis López Vázquez,
"A Sangre Fría" is an excellent example of the Noir film that was made in Spain in the late 50s, and one of the first films directed by Juan Bosch, involved both the splendour of this genre in the 50s, as the assignment of this type of film production to a Barcelona budget which had great success. Bosch's film falls short of other great titles of the same year, also located within a Barcelona production as "Distrito Quinto" (1957), Julio Coll, or "A Tiro Limpio" (1963), by Francisco Pérez-Dolz.
This film, like most black belonging to the Spanish genre, is unjustly forgotten while contemptuously valued; gives the impression that there is a tacit agreement to ignore or underestimate the achievements in this genre during the decades of 50 and 60. Indeed, the film does not reach the level of works like "Los Peces Rojos" or "A Tiro Limpio" , lacking of the first the depth argument, and the brilliance of the second, but is an effective, properly directed and well acted production that rightly brings more of the characteristics of black cinema, also contributing occasional novelty.
Its characters respond to the classic archetypes: a young and ambitious thoughtful little carried away toward crime; an old and sickly failed boxer who tries to survive and save their marriage; one (the young and attractive wife of boxer) evil woman who maneuver in their own interests, using his beauty; some professional criminals used predisposed to crime and betrayal. All are engaged in a daring robbery they hope will be the beginning of a new life.
With a good script, which avoids unnecessary dialogues sticking to the action, and an interesting soundtrack key Jazz, the film has its best moments in sequences such as theft, virtually devoid of dialogue and well planned, and murder Boxer, in which the camera becomes subjective for a moment, showing us what he sees the murderer (Photo Boxer success in his time, retraced through sound off). More debatable is the end, a little rushed, but filmed correctly (especially the sequence of stairs).
"A Sangre Fría" is a work with a remarkable concision told without dialogues or phrases again, no planes to spare; and a film without concessions, which, from theft, there is nothing shoehorned by screenwriter and events unfold with absolute logic, until the bloody final outcome. For all this, the film Juan Bosch is a gem that should be seen by all fans of good Spanish cinema.
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