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Three Sad Tigers (1968)

Tres Tristes Tigres (original title)
The drunken nights of several listless chancers in Chile's capital city build inexorably to violence.


Raoul Ruiz (as Raúl Ruiz)


Raoul Ruiz, Alejandro Sieveking (play)
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Shenda Román ... Amanda Labarca
Nelson Villagra Nelson Villagra ... Tito Labarca
Luis Alarcón Luis Alarcón ... Luis Úbeda (Lucho)
Jaime Vadell Jaime Vadell ... Rudi
Delfina Guzmán Delfina Guzmán ... Alicia Quiroz
Fernando Colina Fernando Colina ... Carlos Sanhueza
Belén Allasio Belén Allasio ... Chonchi
Alonso Venegas Alonso Venegas ... School inspector
Luis Melo Luis Melo ... Juan López Andrade
Humberto Miranda Humberto Miranda ... Violent night owl
Jaime Celedón Jaime Celedón ... Anonymous capitalist


The drunken nights of several listless chancers in Chile's capital city build inexorably to violence.

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19 November 1968 (Chile) See more »

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Los Capitanes See more »
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Dogme 95-style anti-Chilean masterpiece
11 May 2013 | by ExpFilSee all my reviews

Ruiz's first completed feature won him top prize at Locarno at the age of 28. This is a bleak and blackly humorous vision of a couple of hopeless losers' quotidian attempt to get by over a few days at the edges of Santiago de Chile's inebriated underworld of squalid strip joints and dingy apartments. Nelson Villagra and Shenda Román are both totally credible as an emotionally numb, mumbling brother-pimp-and-sister-whore "team" and Jaime Vadell is also great as Villagra's ambitious, frisky sometime boss. Organised semi-criminality and sweaty repressed frustration pervade the world of the film. Every conversation produces conflict and violence. (The military coup of 1973 is approaching - with unbridled neoliberalism to follow.) Formally, the film has little in common with Ruiz's later European work, but his trademark experimental play with language and music is already in effect. The hand-held b&w cinematography is rough-and-ready yet ambitious for a no-budget indie directorial debut made with the country's only Arriflex: the camera often seems like a spectator in these muscular, evidently meticulously choreographed long takes. The film bears comparison with Cassavetes' SHADOWS (1959) and FACES (1968), Iosseliani's ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A SINGING BLACKBIRD (1970) and even Scorsese's MEAN STREETS (1973). NADIE DIJO NADA (1971) was Ruiz's surreal, bohemian companion piece to TRES TRISTES TIGRES.

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