Distinto amanecer (Another Dawn). 1943. Directed by Julio Bracho. 106 min.
With Andrea Palma, Pedro Armendáriz, Alberto Galán. Mexico at midnight as photographed by the legendary Gabriel Figueroa. Julieta (Andrea Palmer), the disaffected wife of a failed civil servant, is thrilled to re-encounter Octavio (Pedro Armendáriz), a former lover who is now a union activist on the run from a corrupt politician. Hoping to help him, she descends into the Mexican underworld, where she finds a purpose—and a thrill—missing from her married life. Bracho’s direction approaches the precision of Fritz Lang, while Figueroa proves himself a master of both nocturnal interiors and sun-baked landscapes.