From TheLifeStenance.com , Imogen Sara Smith with this beautiful piece on the MoMA’s Mexican Film Noir series.
In American film noir, Mexico appears as a haven for fugitives, a languid and slightly delirious vacation from reality, a country still free from the pace and anxieties of modern life. But Mexico produced its own ciné negro, and these films tell a very different story. With lustrous style and a distinctive mood of feverish lyricism, they probe dark places of the mind and reveal, often obliquely, the perils of a rapidly changing world. Film noir translated the twentieth century’s public terrors into personal, subjective stories of guilt and compulsion, a process succinctly illustrated in the montage that opens In the Palm of Your Hand (En la Palma de tu Mano, 1951)… Read more HERE