Mario Soffici

Prisioneros de la tierra

Prisioneros de la tierra

Shot on location in the jungle, this gut-punching work of social realism by Mario Soffici—one of classic Argentine cinema’s foremost directors—simmers with rage against worker oppression. Desperate men are entrapped into indentured labor on a yerba maté plantation under the brutal foreman Köhner—a situation made tenser by the fact that both Köhner and a worker named Podeley love Andrea, the sweet-spirited daughter of the camp’s doctor, and that eventually boils over into an explosive rebellion led by Podeley. The expressionistic cinematography of Pablo Tabernero feverishly evokes a place where suffocating heat, economic exploitation, and cruelty lead inexorably to madness and violence.

Film Info

  • Argentina
  • 1939
  • 86 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • Spanish, Guaraní
  • Spine #1144

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Prisioneros de la tierra
Cast
Francisco Petrone
Köhner
Ángel Magaña
Esteban Podeley
Roberto Fugazot
Orange distiller
Homero Cárpena
Friend of Podeley
Raúl de Lange
Dr. Else
Elisa Galvé
Andrea (“Chinita”)
Pepito Petray
Also featuring
Felix Tortorelli
Jorge Villoldo
Ulderico Camorino
Agustín Barboza
Singer
Credits
Director
Mario Soffici
Script
Ulises Petit de Murat
Script
Dario Quiroga
Based on characters from the short stories “Una bofetada,” “Un peón,” “Los destiladores de naranjes” and “Los desperados” by
Horacio Quiroga
Cinematography
Pablo Tabernero
Editor
José de Nico
Editor
Gerardo Rinaldi
Sound
Andrés Szmetan
Camera
Humberto Peruzzi
Makeup
Luis Lang
Set decoration
Ralph Pappier
Music
Lucio Demare
Dialogue
Ulises Petit de Murat

Current

Prisioneros de la tierra: Tropical Oppression

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 4

Prisioneros de la tierra: Tropical Oppression

A high point of early Argentine cinema, Mario Soffici’s 1939 film about the plight of plantation workers is an unflinching examination of exploitation and violence.

By ​Matthew B. Karush