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Salón México (1949)

Mercedes (Marga Lopez) dances for money with the clients of Salon Mexico, a famous cabaret in Mexico City. Her younger sister Beatriz (Derbez) studies in an expensive private school, paid ... See full summary »

Director:

Emilio Fernández

Writers:

Emilio Fernández (story and adaptation), Mauricio Magdaleno (story and adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Marga López ... Mercedes Gómez
Miguel Inclán ... Lupe López
Rodolfo Acosta ... Paco
Roberto Cañedo Roberto Cañedo ... Roberto
Mimí Derba Mimí Derba ... Señora directora
Carlos Múzquiz Carlos Múzquiz ... Dueño cabaret
Fanny Schiller ... Señorita prefecta
Estela Matute Estela Matute ... Cabaretera; Amante de Paco
Silvia Derbez ... Beatriz Gómez (as Sylvia Derbez)
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Storyline

Mercedes (Marga Lopez) dances for money with the clients of Salon Mexico, a famous cabaret in Mexico City. Her younger sister Beatriz (Derbez) studies in an expensive private school, paid by Mercedes. Obviously, young Beatriz doesn't know about her sister's job. Troubles begin when Mercedes wins a danzon contest with Paco (Acosta), her pimp. Paco refuses to share the prize with Mercedes, so she steals the money when he's sleeping. Written by Maximiliano Maza <mmaza@campus.mty.itesm.mx>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

25 February 1949 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Mujer Mala See more »

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Production Co:

Clasa Films Mundiales See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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still near the peak of epoca dorada cinema from indio fernandez
26 August 2005 | by ixta_coyotlSee all my reviews

I finally got a chance to watch this by moving to Mexico and buying the DVD (143 pesos, or about US$13.50). You can get it on ebay occasionally and i think its well worth the asking price. The image has been digitally restored and it has both Spanish and excellent English language subtitles. I don't know why these haven't been made more widely available in the us yet.

Anyway, regarding the film: I was expecting it to be "hopelessly dated" as per a prior review and was pleasantly surprised to find this among Indio's more sophisticated works. I also liked the fact that he took a different turn and left the country for the big city. Gabriel Figueroa took advantage of the urban scenery with some great shots of the Zocalo, old town callejons, and dancing in the fabled danzon cabaretera. The story is never overwhelmingly complex but the acting is routinely superb and Fernandez manages to subtly lace the ambiance with the same universal human themes from his rural dramas; he was as much a student of Renoir as he was of Eisenstein.

Definitely give Salon Mexico a look if you get the chance. I guess you could call it "hopelessly dated" if you feel the same way about Casablanca or Double Indemnity. But then again you would be saying more about yourself then the film you are reviewing!


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