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La Noche Avanza

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Marcos (Pedro Armendáriz) is an arrogan jai-alai player who prefers his rich girlfriend Sara over Rebeca, whom he has gotten pregnant. Rebeca’s brother Armando owes money to Marcial, a gambler and a cheater, over some jai-alai bets. Marcos tries to convince Rebeca to have an abortion and she almost commits suicide, but her brother saves her. Marcial blackmails Marcos over the situation with Rebeca and Armando and Marcos agrees to throw a game which he ends up winning. Marcial and his thugs beat up Marcos, who goes to Sara’s house to get money from her to pay off Marcial. In a struggle over some jewels, Sara is shot to death. Marcos runs away and catches a plane, which, unknown to him, Rebeca has also taken. While Marcos sleeps, Rebeca shoots him and kills him.

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  • Actors: Pedro Armendriz, Francisco Jambrina, Wolf Ruvinskis, Julio Villareal, Roberto Gavaldon
  • Directors: Roberto Gavaldon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Medialink Ent Llc
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000PHW2QI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,386 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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La Noche Avanza (1952, Mexico) was director Roberto Gavaldon's follow up to his Golden Ariel-winning En La Palma De Tu Mano, and makes a perfect bookend compliment to that film. In fact, it's almost as if he read my criticisms on that and took them completely to heart in making this film. For where that film had a great performance let down by a somewhat formulaic ending, La Noche Avanza rides on a questionable performance from Pedro Armendariz through some quite interesting and uncharted territory as The Night Advances.

Gavaldon was best known for a certain form of imitation of American film noir, and here he takes on a sort of crooked athlete or heist/caper storyline that reminds one a little bit of the Alsphault Jungle or The Killing. But convention ends there. The story is set a couple miles uptown from his last film, almost completely around the Plaza de la Revolution, and more specifically in the Fronton Mexico, home of the little-known Basque game jai alai. It all transpires over the course of about 48 hours. Rather than present a typically imperfect film noir lead, however, Armendariz is cast against type as an arrogant and unlikable star athlete, Marcos, the Barry Bonds of jai alai. It's a delightfully refreshing and innovative idea, even if Armendariz might not have fully pulled it off. How many people in the 1950s made movies where the star was virtually the bad guy? And there was no one else to like either? It was a brilliant idea.

Gavaldon begins by presenting the vain and womanizing Marcos as he proceeds to mistreat his coworkers and the three women in his life at the moment.
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