Ruiz’s startling and abrasive first extant feature-length film unfolds on Santiago streets and combines documentary registers with a script based on a play by Alejandro Sieveking. Its protagonists are lower-middle-class capitalists scrambling to one-up each other within a brutally progress-minded society. The physical violence in which they engage finds echoes in a violence of speech, with characters adopting dialects in search of language right for them. The film was finished two years before the Socialist president Salvador Allende briefly assumed power, and five years before the coup.
Raúl Ruiz Raúl Ernesto Ruiz Pino (1941-2011) was a Chilean writer, teacher, theater artist, film theorist, and filmmaker who believed with full sincerity that the cinema was a field of limitless possibilities. He sought to discover them over the course of more than 100 films, including works left lost or unfinished that audiences still might someday see.