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—finds Ruiz operating 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.


Q&A with Valeria Sarmiento on December 2, moderated by Ruiz scholar Ethan Spigland, followed by a reception with wines courtesy of ProChile.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Walter Reade Theater, we’re winding back the clock! All screenings on December 2 will feature the original 1991 pricing: $5 for members and $7 for non-members.