TRES CITAS CON EL DESTINO (1954)
aka Witchcraft, Three Dates with Destiny
Article 4085 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Fernando de Fuentes, Leon Klimovsky and Ray Florian
Featuring Manuel Arbo, Ricardo Argemi, Felix Briones
Country: Spain / Mexico / Argentina
What it is: Themed anthology movie
A cursed diamond travels the world, bringing bad luck to all who possess it.
This is basically an anthology movie in which three stories are told. Each segment takes place in a different country and features a different director. I’ve encountered at least two of the directors before; Fernando de Fuentes also directed EL FANTASMA DEL CONVENTO, while Leon Klimovsky has directed several Paul Naschy movies. The entire movie is in unsubtitled Spanish, so I can’t say I quite understood it. The Spanish segment was first, and seems pretty talky. The segment in Argentina is the longest and most interesting, as it involves a doctor and a criminal changing identities and places, and I think the plot revolves around an attempt by the doctor to prevent being killed by his wife, who is having an affair. This segment is sandwiched between the two halves of the Mexican segment, which seems to involve a criminal attempt to defraud a jeweler out of the diamond. Again, I can’t quite pass judgment on it because of the language difficulties, but this is another movie that had been consigned to my “ones that got away” list, and I’m glad to have finally have had a chance to see it.