75 years of a historic Argentinian film

Filmed between August 6 and October 15, 1947, “Dios se lo pague” is considered the first national film chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood to opt for a special mention at the Oscars. in the category that would later be called Best Foreign Film where it received a special distinction but not the statuette with which Vittorio De Sica’s Italian Bicycle Thieves won. Now a classic, this melodrama will screen tonight at the Buenaventura Luna Amphitheater’s summer movie season, with free admission.

Directed by Luis César Amadori -who, seeing the theatrical version written by the Brazilian Joracy Camargo in 1934, was captivated by the story-, the plot featured Mexican star Arturo de Córdova (real name Arturo García, he was born in the province of Córdoba) and Zully Moreno, nicknamed “Argentina Greta Garbo” who, a month before the start of filming, married Amadori, who had directed it since 1941. Centered on this duo, the story turns around Juca (De Córdova) who asks for money in a church and actually lives in a palace. After the boss of the construction site he was working on steals the plans for an invention, Juca decides to take revenge on him. However, everything changes dramatically when he meets Nancy (Moreno).

Created on March 11, 1948 at the opening of the Argentine Film Festival in the legendary Gran Rex, it received recognition from the Argentine Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences for the film, director, actress, actor and supporting actor ( Enrique Chaico, el another beggar from the film); and the Association of Chroniclers, which awarded him five other distinctions (for Amadori, Arturo de Córdova, Chaico and Tulio Demichelli for the screenplay). Apart from its awards, the film has also given rise to different versions. Thus, in 1981, it had its adaptation in telenovela on ATC (Channel 7), with Víctor Hugo Vieyra and Leonor Benedetto; in 1998, in Colombia, a soap opera was filmed on Canal Caracol, with Margarita Ortega and Jairo Camargo; and in 1990, Verónica Castro was the central figure with Omar Fierro, in the Mexican production of Raúl Araiza. As one of Argentina’s biggest box office hits, “Dios…” marked a milestone for the national filmography.

The film will premiere in the summer cycle directed by Carlos Cerimedo today at 9:30 p.m. The copy is digitized, restored and subtitled in Spanish.

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