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The Woman of the Port (1934)

La mujer del puerto (original title)
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 ...
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 ...
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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Great plot, great acting, and a great movie.
7 April 2007 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

Starting with the leading performance from the first diva in Mexican cinematography according to some (Andrea Palma), without forgetting Domingo Soler, who also makes a great contribution to the cast in this film; going on to the great strength of the plot and the masterful direction by Arcady Boytler. All in all, this movie cannot be considered less than excellent.

Yes, maybe some of the scenes don't result quite the way they should; but most of them do. Particularly, the sequence of the carnival (at the beginning of the movie) and the last sequence bring you to the verge of tears. It may be said the movie has many elements of a catholic moral (Rosario lives in sin and guilt and, the way she pays for her sins is by means of sacrifice), but we have to consider the movie was released in 1934 and, generally speaking, the Mexican society of the time treasured that kind of values.

Weather we take the latter into consideration or not, I think the the plot is really tough and the theme very strong. Maybe nowadays we have many movies with plots that are twice or thrice as tough, but I think this is still a great movie and no soap opera could even remotely compare with it. Also, it is one of the first movies with recorded sound in the Mexican film industry.


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