The Bitter Stems (Los tallos amargos) at the Million Dollar Theatre | Los Angeles Conservancy
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The Bitter Stems (Los tallos amargos) at the Million Dollar Theatre

The Bitter Stems (Los tallos amargos) at the Million Dollar Theatre

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 2:00pm Register

The Bitter Stems (1956)
(Los tallos amargos) 

Saturday, June 8, 2 p.m.
Million Dollar Theatre, downtown L.A.
Co-presented by the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles
Black & white; 35mm
Spanish, with English subtitles
90 minutes

Guest speakers: director of the Film Noir Foundation, Alan K. Rode; and screenwriter and filmmaker Guido Segal

free Q&A session about the theatre will follow the screening. Stay in your seat to learn more about its history and architecture! 

About the Film

Los tallos amargos (The Bitter Stems), is a gripping and surrealistic film noir. Carlos Cores stars as Alfredo Gaspar, a down-on-his-luck journalist who partners with a Hungarian immigrant to create a fake journalism correspondence school as a get-rich-quick scheme. They find success initially, but Gaspar grows paranoid, and through a series of dream sequences, we see his psychological state begin to unravel. 

Lauded at the time of its release, the film earned the Argentine Film Critics Association's top prize, Premio Cóndor de Plata a la mejor película, or the Silver Condor Award for Best Film. However, for decades it remained mostly unknown outside of Argentina, and for years only substandard prints of this film were available. In late 2014, the original negative was found in the collection of an Argentinian collector. The UCLA Film & Television Archive restored the film in a 35mm format, with funding provided by the Film Noir Foundation and Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Charitable Trust. We’re thrilled to present this restored version of the film at Last Remaining Seats!

Read more about Los tallos amargos and film noir on our blog >

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