La noche avanza (1952) AKA Night Falls


Marcos is a professional jai alai player undefeated on the court in 26 matches. The super confident Marcos has acquired a Trumpian disdain for weak losers, including a fellow player who suffers a fracture as a result of Marcos’ carelessness. When he’s not dominating his opponents, he’s trying to balance his relationships with several women, including recently widowed old flame Sara, nightclub thrush Lucrecia, and mother-to-be Rebeca. Marcos promises to wed Rebeca without telling her he’s about to leave Mexico permanently, setting in motion a plot by Rebeca’s brother Armando to blackmail the first class heel while also getting out of his debt to gambler Marcial.

Director: Roberto Gavaldón. AKA Night Falls
Writers: Jesús Cárdenas, Roberto Gavaldón, José Revueltas, Luis Spota (story).
Stars: Pedro Armendáriz, Anita Blanch, Rebeca Iturbide, Eva Martino, José María Linares-Rivas, Julio Villarreal, Armando Soto La Marina, Carlos Múzquiz, Wolf Ruvinskis, Francisco Jambrina, Juan García, Roberto Y. Palacios, Margarito Luna, Luis Mussot, José Torvay.


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  1. Noel
    February 22, 2022

    Thank you so much for posting this, these Gavaldon restorations are really beautiful. Do you plan on posting more Gavaldon, like En La Palma De Tu Mano? Thanks again

    • Jon W.
      February 22, 2022

      You’re very welcome, Noel, they really are beautiful.
      I have a copy of “In the Palm of Your Hand” but it’s just DVD quality not restored like this one, looks like it has been restored MOMA showed it couple years back but there’s no copy of it online unfortunately, maybe it will show up at some point or be released on Bluray in Mexico.

    • Rezpeni
      February 23, 2022

      They just showed a bunch of these restorations at the Academy museum in Los Angeles, Autumn Days was a stand out for me after of course Macario, but this one I really like as well.

  2. Wolfgang Jahn
    July 7, 2022

    I like this movie. It ain’t up to MACARIO (1960, 10/10) and LA OLTRE (I think 1956 and also 10/10), but it’s still a very good one to watch (7/10). Great cinematography again.

    I esp. like the ending (he gets what he deserves) and the very last scenes with the dog and the trash-scene show very clearly what director Gavaldón thinks about his main character.

    Well done! 👍👍👍

  3. David Conlon
    September 2, 2022

    Thanks so much for sharing this. Does anybody happen to know the name of the short story by Luis Spota which this film is based on? There are references to it online, but no mention of a title,

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