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El infierno tan temido (1980)

A journalist begins to receive envelopes containing erotic pictures, which he connects to a relationship he once had with an actress.


Raúl de la Torre
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Graciela Borges ... Gracia César
Alberto de Mendoza
Arturo García Buhr
Ana María Castel
Nora Cullen
Delfi Galbiatti Delfi Galbiatti
Augusto Larreta Augusto Larreta
Aníbal Morixe Aníbal Morixe
Flora Steinberg Flora Steinberg
Enrique Almada Enrique Almada
Cacho Espíndola
Pamela M. Jáuregui Pamela M. Jáuregui
Fernando Iglesias 'Tacholas' Fernando Iglesias 'Tacholas'
Ricardo Bartis Ricardo Bartis
Isidro Fernán Valdez Isidro Fernán Valdez


A journalist begins to receive envelopes containing erotic pictures, which he connects to a relationship he once had with an actress.

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Release Date:

7 August 1980 (Argentina) See more »

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So Feared a Hell See more »

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Pino Farina Producciones See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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The Darkness Inside
23 January 2018 | by NostalgicQuixoteSee all my reviews

Raúl de la Torre produced many enduring films in the 70s and 80s, among which are _Crónica de una señora_ (1971), _Heroína_ (1982), and _Pobre mariposa_ (1986). In 1993, _Funes, un gran amor_ was almost selected as Argentina's official submission for the Academy Awards; in the end, the honor went to Leonardo Favio's _Gatica, el mono_, which was not nominated. All of these films star Graciela Borges, and so does _El infierno tan temido_.

Based on one of Juan Carlos Onetti's best short stories, _El infierno tan temido_ revolves around Juan Risso (Alberto de Mendoza), a journalist who one day begins to receive envelopes containing Polaroid pictures of an erotic nature. The film chronicles his involvement with Gracia César (Graciela Borges), an actress, whom Risso first sees in the garb of Lady Macbeth, of all characters. The action is interspersed with a conversation in a café: seven colleagues discuss their co-worker Risso and relate past events that tied them together. The viewer is thus given a portrait of the main character through action and commentary.

Like other masterpieces of Argentinean cinema such as _Breve cielo_ (David José Kohon, 1969) and _Sur_ (Fernando "Pino" Solanas, 1988), _El infierno tan temido_ features the unforgettable music of Astor Piazzola. Tango is the perfect type of music for this melancholy, deeply emotional film.

Few writers explored the darkness of the human heart like Onetti. _El infierno tan temido_ is an excellent adaptation/expansion of his text. The pace of the film is a little bit slow compared to that of the short story, but the performances, the mise-en-scène, and the music keep the viewer engaged.

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