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14 Ratings

Night Falls

La noche avanza

Directed by Roberto Gavaldón
Mexico, 1952
Drama, Crime


Mexico City’s famed jai alai arena, the Frontón México, becomes ground zero for greed and betrayal in this seething film noir starring Armendáriz as Marcos, an arrogant womanizer headed for “The Big Fall.”

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Night Falls Directed by Roberto Gavaldón

Critics reviews

Night Falls comes off at times as a strained melodrama, but Gavaldón’s talent for figuration, aided by his cinematographer, Jack Draper, is such that we can’t but admire the adrenaline-raising sports arena scenes.
April 25, 2019
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The Siren confesses [that La Noche Avanza is] her favorite [of the Mexico at Midnight series], for its zippy pace, its affinities with boxing noir, and the way it illustrates what the Mexican cinema could do that the Code-encumbered Hollywood could not.
July 26, 2015
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The grittiest and harshest film in MoMA’s series, Night Falls ends in the hot morning sunshine of an ordinary street, as the refuse of the night is swept away. There is a crooked grin at the end of this bleak story: the rich and powerful fall, while the stray dogs go happily on with their lives.
July 24, 2015
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