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The Nail

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Feature film

Original title

El clavo




Rafael Gil

Based on the short novel by Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, this is a film noir treatment of a story of fantasy and obsession.

In the 19th century, a judge called Joaquín falls in love with Blanca, a young girl from a village in Castile. However, Joaquín is moved to work elsewhere and loses contact with her. Some time later, they meet again and start a new relationship. At this time, the judge is investigating the mystery of a skull that has appeared with a nail embedded in it. All of the clues point to Blanca as the prime suspect.


Technical specifications

Rafael Gil, Eduardo Marquina

Amparo Rivelles, Rafael Durán, Milagros Leal, Juan Espantaleón

Alfredo Fraile

Juan Quintero Muñoz

Black and white

99 minutes


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