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La Trampa (1949)
Posted by Solomon
on 11/11/2020, 6:25 pm
Watched this again. It's an Argentina noir, a female in distress story. Cloistered woman answers an ad and soon marries a smooth and handsome fortune hunter. This is not the best of noirs nor the worst. It has its moments. The two leads do a wonderful job carrying the story along. The story is not well edited, leaving us to wonder at times who the characters are that suddenly appear and how they behave. The sole user review on IMDb notes this. A good thing for me were the excellent English subtitles that I must have gotten somewhere and attached to the film some time ago. One of the plusses of the film is its ambiguity about certain plot points; this keeps us guessing a bit. In the Gaslight vein, there is a bit of turning of the tables, but without the external assistance of a Joseph Cotten character. In a good print, the gloomy river house would show up more to advantage. One can only imagine. The score is adequate only, although fairly abstract and modern in places, not rising to the imaginative level of El Pendiente.
Actress Zully Moreno transforms from dowdy into a bombshell once she marries, but she's vulnerable while developing or locating her inner feminine wiles and self.
George Rigaud appears in "I Walk Alone" (1947) as "Maurice". He's in "Caídos en el infierno" too. He had a long career with 206 credits, and one can see why in this film. He was able to exude charm and even a degree of compassion and innocence while also conveying something sinister underneath, and he could use his good looks or play them down.