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Eduardo Rodríguez Merchán

Presentation of The Penalty (1920) in the "Detective Film" cycle


According to Eduardo Rodríguez Merchán, this is not only a detective film, but it is also the first to lay down the guidelines for the incipient film noir, with high levels of violence, dominate by criminal psychology and the underworld. Starring Lon Chaney, who gives an admirable performance as a crippled gangster, the film is based on the combination of a story of extreme violence and unthinkable love affairs, garnished with the scientific proposals of the time.

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