This Strange Passion: Arturo de Córdova-In the Palm of Your Hand & The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales
Friday, January 10, 20147:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Billy Wilder Theater (Hammer Museum)
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
In the Palm of Your Hand (En la palma de tu mano) (Mexico, 1950)
Directed by Roberto Gavaldón
In this exquisite Mexican film noir, Arturo de Córdova portrays “Karin,” a charlatan clairvoyant whose psychic glimpses into the secrets of society ladies are actually gleaned by his wife from the gossipy beauty salon where she works. Consulted by a wealthy woman rumored to have murdered her millionaire husband, Karin enters into an intoxicating and destructive affair with this captivating femme fatale.
Producer: Felipe Mier, Óscar J. Brooks. Screenwriter: Jose Revueltas, Roberto Gavaldón, based on a story by Luis Spota. Cinematographer: Alex Phillips. Editor: Charles L. Kimball. Cast: Arturo de Córdova, Leticia Palma, Carmen Montejo, Ramón Gay, Consuelo Guerrero de Luna.
90 min | In Spanish with English subtitles
The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales (El Esqueleto de la Señora Morales) (Mexico, 1959)
Directed by Rogelio A. González
Taxidermist Pablo is locked in a hellish marriage with long-suffering and extremely religious Gloria. After the shrewish wife has manipulated her husband into contributing to her church (personified here by a boorish clergy and a mindless, hypocritical laity), Pablo snaps. Actor Arturo de Córdova proves a rival to the likes of Vincent Price, straddling the demands of Grand Guignol and mordant social commentary in this blackest of comedies.
Producer: Sergio Kogan, Armando Espinosa. Screenwriter: Luis Alcoriza, based on the novel The Mystery of Islington by Arthur Machen. Cinematographer: Victor Herrera. Editor: Jorge Bustos. Cast: Arturo de Córdova, Amparo Rivelles, Elda Peralta, Guillermo Orea, Rosenda Monteros.
92 min | In Spanish with English subtitles
Parking is available in the lot under the Billy Wilder Theater. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire. Parking for people with disabilities is provided on levels P1 and P3. Mon-Fri: After 6 p.m.: $3.00 flat rate. Mon-Fri: Before 6 p.m.: $3.00 for first 3 hours with Museum validation and $1.50 per 15 minutes thereafter. Sat-Sun: $3.00 flat rate. To obtain validation stamp show your ticket stub at the security desk in the Wilshire Lobby.
Cost : $10
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Sponsor(s): Center for Mexican Studies, Film and Television Archive, Center for Mexican Studies, Morelia International Film Festival, Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores de México, Filmoteca de la UNAM, Cineteca Nacional de Mexico.