“Ruiz’s lively debut was based on a play by Alejandro Sieveking, following the various maneuverings and hustles of a group of small-timers striving to carve out a living in the seedy underworld of pre-Allende Santiago. Though this effort — shot in black-and-white, unmistakably under the signs of the French New Wave and Cassavetes — Ruiz operates in a more realist mode than in the more widely seen, delirious works to come. His signature playfulness, taste for atmosphere, and knack for unveiling the majesty of the grotesque are already in evidence. Notably, Three Sad Tigers was the first of the three films that Ruiz made in Chile before the 1973 military coup necessitated his exile to France. Restored by the Association des Amis de Raoul Ruiz with the support from the National Council of Culture and Arts of Chile.” (Film Society Lincoln Center)
Media Source: Cinémathèque Française
Running time: 100min
Director: Raúl Ruiz
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