The Beast Must Die (Bestie musí zemřít / La bestia debe morir )

The Beast Must Die
Program section: Argentine Noir
Directed by: Román Viñoly Barreto
Year: 1952
Country: Argentina
Length: 104 min.
Cast: Narciso Ibáñez Menta, Guillermo Battaglia, Milagros de la Vega, Nathán Pinzón, Beba Bidart


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The Beast Must Die was adapted from a crime novel by Cecil Day-Lewis (father of Oscar-winning actor Daniel), published in 1938 under the pseudonym Nicholas Blake. The first quarter can seem disorienting – murder by poison is connected to a multitude of characters in complicated relationships. But then the flashback kicks in and the narrative centers around a single protagonist, crime fiction writer Felix Lane (Narciso Ibáñez Menta). The rest takes the form of a revenge film, with the man vowing to uncover and kill the man who caused the car crash that killed his son. Uruguayan-born director Román Viñoly Barreto and cinematographer Alberto Etchebehere use harsh contrasts, depth compositions and, in some sequences, light diffused in the fog. The same material was adapted by genre specialist Claude Chabrol in 1969, and a ten-hour TV version was released in 2021.

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