[Marxism] Fwd: The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Aug 24 15:16:21 MDT 2017

Opening tomorrow at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago and to be 
followed with a DVD/VOD release this November, “The Long Night of 
Francisco Sanctis” is an Argentine film that might have easily been 
titled “Dark Night of the Soul”. Its eponymous main character is a 
middle-aged man living a life of quiet desperation. A glorified Bob 
Cratchit, he toils away as a bookkeeper in a small company whose hope 
for being promoted was dashed in the beginning of the film. Meeting with 
the boss, he learns that his payment for being a valued employee is a 
box of groceries, not the coveted promotion.

Just before returning home, he receives a phone call from a woman he 
hasn’t spoken to in decades. She wants to meet with him to get his 
authorization for a poem he wrote long ago when they were classmates in 
college. That is the pretext for the meeting they have in her car. She 
has learned from her husband, an air force officer working in 
counter-intelligence, that two people will be picked up that later that 
night to meet the fate that twenty thousand Argentinians have already 
met in 1977: Desaparecido.


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