Garras de oro (literally, Claws of Gold) tells the story of a supposed New York daily newspaper editor anxious to locate supporting documents that could vindicate him in a libel suit. In his columns, the newspaperman has maintained that Roosevelt should not be reelected, given that he violated an international treaty. While the treaty in question allowed for the development of an interoceanic waterway across the isthmus, it included a commitment to maintain the territorial integrity of what was then Colombia.
The anti-U.S. tenor of the film, the impossibility of connecting it to other Colombian film productions from the period, and the bizarre circumstances of its reappearance in the 1980s heightened interest in the film. –muse.uq.edu.au
One of the most important and intriguing films in the history of Colombian cinema. Censored, banned and cut, there are just 50 minutes of the film that survive. Seriously, a transgressive brave gem within an era of colombian silent cinema mostly accustomed to costumbrist literary adaptations and costumbrist films from wealthy families.