La vuelta al bulín
José A. Ferreyra
Apparently, Ferreyra made this short film to be exhibited in a play by Álvaro Escobar, who appeared in many of his films. The story is a comic variation of a tango called almost the same - “De vuelta al bulín” - with lyrics by Pascual Contursi and music by José Martínez, recorded by Gardel in 1919: “Percanta que arrepentida / de tu juida / has vuelto al bulín, / con todos los despechos / que vos me has hecho, te perdoné… (…) La carta de despedida / que me dejaste al irte, / decía que ibas a unirte / con quien te diera otro amor. / La repasé varias veces / no podía conformarme / de que fueras a amurarme / por otro bacán mejor”.
The result not only continues to be funny, but it also serves as an irreplaceable testimony of how Ferreyra recreated the slums in his fictions. The film was supposed to be lost, but a nitrate 35 mm print was preserved by the Museum of Film Pablo Ducrós Hicken, and identified by Paula Félix-Didier and Fernando Martín Peña, with the collaboration of Rubén Santerio from Cinecolor Lab. In 2009, the Buenos Aires Independent International Film Festival financed the creation of an internegative, from which this version resulted.