Film Series : UCLA Festival of Preservation 2017

Los Tallos Amargos

The Bitter Stems

1957, Fernando Ayala, Argentina, 88 min. With Carlos Cores, Aída Luz.

Show Times

  • Sat, Oct 28th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 30th 6:00pm

"Filled with brilliant cinematography and innovation...LOS TALLOS AMARGOS rises to greatness." — Andy Wolverton, Journeys in Darkness and Light

Considered a lost film until a deteriorating negative was discovered in 2014, this high-powered Argentinian noir qualifies as a major rediscovery. Expressionistic techniques and Poe-like interior monologues take us into the troubled mind of Alberto, an insecure journalist who becomes involved in a correspondence-school scam and then turns on his partner. Highlights include a surreal Freudian dream sequence that rivals the one in Hitchcock's SPELLBOUND and an overheated jazz-club montage that matches the delirious drum solo in Siodmak's PHANTOM LADY. American Cinematographer magazine voted it one of the fifty best photographed films of all time, and the offbeat music score is by the great tango composer Ástor Piazzolla. In Spanish with English subtitles. Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by Film Noir Foundation. 35mm. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first UCLA film on any Saturday in October, and get a ticket for the second UCLA film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)