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Román Viñoly Barreto – El vampiro negro AKA The Black Vampire (1953)

This retelling of Fritz Lang’s M benefits from the input of two of the greatest film cinematographers in Argentine film history: Aníbal González Paz, who shot the film in a visually striking expressionistic style, and Alberto Etchebehere, who received a screenwriting credit because of his technical suggestions regarding the way the film should look. The script retains the compulsive nature of Lang’s child murderer, but otherwise differs greatly from the original film.

The most interesting and daring variation is that the character of the police inspector was rewritten to function as a moral parallel to the murderer and is also driven by sexual repression and unsatisfied desire. The film goes as far as suggesting that social hypocrisy condemns the violence of the insane, but welcomes the violence of the law representatives at the same time. This meant that the filmmakers were forced to set the story in some undetermined European city rather than Buenos Aires. It was one of the best and more personal works by director Román Viñoly Barreto, who was born in Uruguay but made his film career in Argentina.


Container:  	Matroska
Runtime: 	1 h 29 min
Size: 	2.54 GiB
Codec: 	x264
Resolution: 	790x576 
Aspect ratio:  	1.372
Frame rate: 	23.976 fps
Bit rate: 	3 841 kb/s
BPP: 	0.352
#1:  	Spanish 1.0ch AAC LC @ 122 kb/s
#2:  	English 2.0ch AAC LC @ 70.4 kb/s (Commentary by film archivist/cinema historian Fernando Martín Peña)


Language(s):Spanish, English
Subtitles:English, Spanish

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