The House of the Angel focuses on the ruling class in 1920s Argentina, a deeply repressive society where political arguments were often settled by duels, and young women were expected to be totally ignorant of sex.
Out of the blue, a meek, old painter begins receiving love letters from Rosaura. This intrigues his fellow boarding house tenants, so they involve themselves into his relationship until one day the mysterious Rosaura appears.
María Luisa Robledo
In 1920, some workers of Patagonia, grouped in anarchist and socialist societies, decide to make a strike demanding better working conditions. The situation becomes unsustainable and the government sends the order is restored.
The title of the movie is usually translated "A Bully in 1900" but more accurate would be "A Thug from 1900." It is based on a play by one of Argentina's most important playwrights, who also collaborated on this screenplay adaptation. The story concerns a political thug who carries out dirty tricks for one of Argentina's major political parties (which is not named). The film shows Argentine politics as driven by aristocratic cliques who have no real regard for democracy. Clearly, director Leopoldo Torre Nilsson intended the film as an allegory of his own times, when the country had elections but the Peronist party was outlawed. Alfredo Alcón seethes with intensity in the title role. The overall style is dark, dramatic, and expressive. A gripping picture, likely to be of even more interest to folks from Argentina.
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