Distinto amanecer (Another Dawn). 1943. Mexico. Directed by Julio Bracho. Screenplay by Bracho, from a theater piece by Max Aub. With Andrea Palma, Pedro Armendáriz, Alberto Galán. In Spanish; English subtitles. 106 min.
One of the highlights of MoMA’s 2015 Mexico at Midnight series, Another Dawn was Bracho’s first fully personal film and remains one of the highest accomplishments of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. Set in a nocturnal Mexico City, photographed by Gabriel Figueroa in brooding shadows that anticipate American film noir, the film is both a pointed political metaphor (underlining the disappointments of a generation that had participated in the Mexican Revolution) and a pulse-pounding thriller, with a young Pedro Armendáriz as a unionist on the run and Andrea Palma (the director’s sister) as the nightclub singer (and Armendáriz’s old flame from their student activist days) who tries to help escape a government assassin.