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El jefe (1958)

It is the story of a gang of juvenile petty criminals who find their "boss" to one capable of solving their problems and realize their wishes.


Fernando Ayala


Fernando Ayala, David Viñas (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Alberto de Mendoza
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Orestes Caviglia Orestes Caviglia
Leonardo Favio
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Graciela Borges ... Mima
Ignacio Quirós
Ana Casares Ana Casares
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Pablo Moret
Héctor Rivera Héctor Rivera
Emilio Alfaro Emilio Alfaro
Marcela Sola Marcela Sola
Fabio Zerpa
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Francisco Audenino Francisco Audenino


It is the story of a gang of juvenile petty criminals who find their "boss" to one capable of solving their problems and realize their wishes.

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23 October 1958 (Argentina) See more »

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A transparent allegory on the Juan Peron regime
26 March 2010 | by pfrank-4See all my reviews

Here we have a film about a gang of five larcenists and swindlers who carry off various enrichment schemes under the leadership of "El Jefe," The Chief. The film opens as they are all at the police station under arrest. They nudge each other as they await interrogation, secure in the knowledge that as soon as El Jefe arrives, he will get them all off somehow. Naturally this film could not have been made during the Peron years, but just 3 years after his fall, here it is. The script is by David Vinas, an leftist anti-Peronist novelist. At one point in the film a woman asks El Jefe how he is able to command the unquestioning allegiance of his gang. He replies: "I take care of them. I snap my fingers, and they are at my beck and call. You have to study them, know their likes & dislikes, their little quirks, their resentments, and what they hope for. I give to them, and they give to me. And they end up wanting just what I want." We do not learn much about Peronism from this film, but we learn a lot about how Peron's detractors regarded him.

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