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Santa (1932)

Woman turns to prostitution after her beloved soldier leaves her.

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Carlos Orellana ...
Juan José Martínez Casado ...
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Antonio R. Frausto ...
Fabián
Mimí Derba ...
Rosita Arriaga ...
Santa's Mother
Joaquín Busquets ...
Esteban
Feliciano Rueda ...
Jorge Peón ...
Genarillo
Alberto Martí ...
Jarameño's friend
Ricardo Carti ...
Doctor
Sofía Álvarez ...
Prostitute 1
Rosa Castro ...
Prostitute 2
Nena Betancourt ...
Singer
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Santa (Tovar) is a beautiful and very humble young girl living in Chimalistac, a small and quiet spot south of the 1930's Mexico City. After Santa is cheated by arrogant soldier Marcelino (Reed), she's rejected by her family and friends and expelled of Chimalistac. Santa finds shelter in a whorehouse and becomes a cinic and bitter woman, mistreated by bullfighter "Jarameno" (Martinez Casado) and silently loved by blind pianist Hipolito (Orellana). Written by Maximiliano Maza <mmaza@campus.mty.itesm.mx>

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14 May 1932 (USA)  »

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Star Lupita Tovar stated in a 2008 interview on NPR that she was 20 at the time this film was produced and had no idea what the film was going to be about, having only been told the title of the film. Therefore, believing the movie was about a saint, she readily agreed. See more »

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Referenced in Cinema Puerto Rico: una antropología visual (2014) See more »

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This is the best of several Mexican versions of Gamboa's best-selling novel.
12 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

While this version makes several noticeable changes from Federico Gamboa's 1902 novel (most notably, it eliminates the lesbian prostitute, la Gaditana, and transforms the role of Marcelino in a way that significantly affects the degree to which Santa's vicious nature is to blame for her betrayal of her lover, el Jarameño), the script is well written, the film is well acted and it remains a joy to watch. While the silent version is still fun as well, the later version with Ricardo Montalbán is quite awful.


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