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THE BLACK SWAN by Henry King at the 21st FICM

Omar Sosa Topete

Following the Mexico Imaginario program, which is dedicated to director Henry King during the 21st Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), Daniela Michel, founder and General Director of the festival, together with film critic Jorge Negrete, presented the film The Black Swan (1942), based on the novel of the same title by Rafael Sabatini.

Jorge Negrete, Daniela Michel
Jorge Negrete, Daniela Michel

"In 2007, when Bertrand Tavernier came to the Morelia Film Festival, he suggested the idea of the Mexico Imaginario series, with the aim of presenting films shot by foreigners in Mexico," said Daniela Michel before the screening. Henry King is a clear example of what this program is looking for since he shot four of his films in his favorite city: Morelia.

The festival not only features the films shot in Morelia, but also other of his works, one of them being The Black Swan (1942). This film won the Oscar for Best Cinematography thanks to Leon Samroy's work and had a great cast featuring Tyrone Power, George Sanders and Maureen O'Hara, considered by many as the Queen of Technicolor after this film.

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"Henry King was someone who worked by trade, on commission; a filmmaker who simply filmed diligently, without any kind of authorship, but you are going to realize that there can also be a lot of poetry and a lot of beauty," added Negrete.

In closing, Daniela Michel pointed out that the script for this film was written by Ben Hecht, one of the greatest directors cinema has ever had, and invited the audience to really enjoy the film.