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HARDLY A CRIMINAL
APENAS UN DELINCUENTE
1949, Film Noir Foundation, 88 min, Argentina, Dir: Hugo Fregonese

The best Argentine noir of the 1940s is an audacious blending of NAKED CITY and BRUTE FORCE, telling the tale of a clever bank clerk (Jorge Salcedo) who embezzles money and tries to get caught, since a loophole in the Argentine justice system will free him after six years in stir - when he intends to reclaim his stashed loot. Part caper, part prison picture, it earned Argentinean Hugo Fregonese a career in Hollywood. Noir chiaroscuro mixed with semi-documentary “neo-realism” presents an evocative vision of mid-century Buenos Aires, the Paris of the southern hemisphere.


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