:Alexandra) is a 1957 Argentine biographical film
directed by Kurt Land
and written by José María Fernández Unsáin
. The film starred Amelia Bence
as the poet Alfonsina Storni
and actor Guillermo Murray
stars as the Argentine poet
and journalist Alfonsina Storni
was an Argentine poet and journalist who made a successful career in the rough macho world of reporting.
Kurt Land was originally from Vienna, so he has a romantic atmosphere somewhat similar to Ernst Lubitsch. This style of movie-making was dated even in 1957, but Alfonsina shows style in the voice over editing of the poetry reading.
In a movie of slow-pace, the film opens with a wide shot of waves
breaking ominously on the seashore, accompanied by Alfonsina's poetry. Another scene has Alfonsina looking into a fish-bowl and saying "I wonder what it would be like to live under the sea".
There is also an important scene where Alfonsina announces the news of her illness performed in a very different way from Hollywood film.
Release and acclaim
The film premiered in 1957. It was one of the first and few Argentine films shot in widescreen CinemaScope.