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The Woman of the Port (1934)
"La mujer del puerto" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  23 August 1936 (USA)
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Rosario (Palma) becomes a prostitute after losing her father and discovering her boyfriend had a liaison with another woman. In Veracruz, Rosario lives above a sordid cabaret "selling her ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea Palma ...
Rosario
Domingo Soler ...
Alberto Venegas
Joaquín Busquets ...
Marino borracho
Consuelo Segarra ...
Doña Lupe, Vecina
Luisa Obregón ...
Vecina
Elisa Soler ...
Vecina
Arturo Manrique ...
Panseco, marino argentino
Jorge Treviño ...
Marino norteamericano
Francisco Zárraga ...
Novio de Rosario
Fabio Acevedo ...
Don Antonio, padre de Rosario
Antonio Polo ...
Don Basilio
Ángel T. Sala ...
Hombre de cabaret
Conchita Gentil Arcos ...
Vecina
Julieta Palavicini ...
Mujer con novio de Rosario
Lina Boytler ...
Cantante
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Rosario (Palma) becomes a prostitute after losing her father and discovering her boyfriend had a liaison with another woman. In Veracruz, Rosario lives above a sordid cabaret "selling her love to the men coming from the sea." One night, sailor Alberto (Soler) rescues Rosario from the dirty hands of a drunk man. They get along and go to Rosario's room. After making love, they begin to talk and Rosario discovers they're siblings... Written by Maximiliano Maza <mmaza@campus.mty.itesm.mx>

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Surprisingly listless for a "classic"
22 April 2007 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

From the very start, this movie is filled with striking cinematography, sharply drawn characters, and the promise of melodramatic riches, but it also exhibits a disconcerting lack of narrative drive.

Things happen, of course, and they surely must seem earthshaking to the characters involved (although the heroine seems a decade too old to be quite so naive about her cad of a boyfriend). But there's hardly any sense of dramatic tension, much less urgency. Indeed, the movie seems almost like an anthropological documentary, in which the camera spends much of its time dispassionately observing the behavior of ordinary folks at work and play, with little indication that the story is going anywhere in particular.

And then, with only minutes of running time to spare, out of the clear blue sky comes the (absurdly far-fetched) revelation that seals the protagonist's tragic fate.

There is much of interest here for students of film, or of the period of the Thirties, or of the movie's settings of town and port in Mexico. There's little psychological depth, though, and the most intriguing question about this "iconic" representative of the "film of sinners" genre is, What (aside from the boob shot) made such a seemingly dull story so compelling for the filmgoing public of its day?


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