21 January 2020 | ma-cortes
Pretty good Spanish Fim Noir with intrigue, thrills and twists and turns
Thrilling Spanish noir film with tension, suspense, action and a lot of plot twists. It deals with stiff-upper-lip Mario, a cop who along with his colleagues Manuel Alexandre, Milo Quesada carry out a bust against some delinquents resulting in the death of a policeman. As his strict chief : José Bodalo, assigns him the investigation of the murder his partner. While Mario is investigating a suspect woman at a gowns shop, he meets Elsa : Francoise Brion, and falls for her. Things go wrong when Mario learns Elsa becomes involved into dark issues . But Mario will stop at nothing to go on with her.
Notable Noir of the Sixties with interesting plot , emotion, violence and lots of susprises. The film packs several elements belonging to American Noir genre : Corrupt policeman, fatalism, Femme Fatale, crazy love, pesimist portrayals , Venetian blinds and anything else. Interpretations are terrific, as main and support cast are frankly good. The picture coresponds to Spanish Noir of the 50s and 60s that at the time achieved successes and splendor, being the first one : Brigada Criminal by Ignacio F Iquino and Apartado de Correos 1001 by Julio Salvador. Following other prestigious films as Distrito Quinto by Julio Coll, Un vaso de Whisky, La carcel de cristal, Nunca es demasiado tarde, Los cuervos, being most of them shot at Barcelona. And this El Salario Del Crimen is well starred by Arturo Fernandez, he is very fine as the cop who becomes involved with corruption and he won't hesitate to cross the limits of the law . Francoise Brion is nice as the Femme Fatal who Mario meets in the course of an investigation, she is accustomed to highest level of life and luxury. Secondary actors are excellent, formed by a plethora of notorious Spanish players as Manuel Alexandre, José Bodalo, Milo Quesada, Alberto Dalbes, José Franco, José Sepulveda, Rufino Inglés, Luis Marin, Emilio Rodriguez, Victor Israel, Antonio Riquelme, among others.
Special mention for cinematography shot in Sevilla studios by Antonio Macasoli. Antonio was considered to be one of the best Spanish cameramen shooting various international coproductions as Fury of magnificent seven, Finger on the trigger, Grand Slam, Cesar Borgia, Ragan, Residence for spies. As well as an attractive and atmospheric musical score by Joseph Solá, plenty of jazzy sounds. The motion picture was competently directed by Julio Buchs ,1923-1973. It won prize National Syndicate Spectacle to best fim. Julio Buchs was son of a known director of silent films, in fact at 17 he began working with his father as an assistant. His debut films were 2 uneven comedies, Piedra de toque 1963 and El pecador y la bruja 1964. He made other genres as Paella Western : Mestizo, El hombre que mató a Billy el Niño, Los desesperados. Thrillers and Giallos as Alta Tension, and Las trompetas del Apocalipsis. And more comedies as Una señora llamada Andres, , El apartamento de la tentación starred by Juan Luis Galiardo and Carmen Sevilla .His best fim was a melodrama about a nun in Belgian Congo starred by Rosanna Schiafino, until his early death at 47. Rating : 7.5/10. Notable. The flick will appeal to Spanish cinema buffs.