The Angel's House | Chicago Reader

The Angel's House

Scandalously neglected in recent years, Leopoldo Torre Nilsson (1924-'78), perhaps the first world-class Argentinean director, enjoyed a vogue in this country in the early 60s, when the competition from France, Italy, and Japan in offering personal and stylistically expressive cinema was certainly stiff. Among his films distributed in that era, La casa del angel (1957)—also known then as End of Innocence—is the most impressive, a gothic tale of female adolescence with an arresting and original flashback structure and a baroque visual style that seems worthy at times of Orson Welles (especially in his Magnificent Ambersons mode). Written, like many of Torre Nilsson's other major features, by his wife—novelist and playwright Beatriz Guido, adapting here one of her own novels—this is a haunting and captivating mood piece.

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