Victims of Sin
(Victimas del pecado)
Peter Conheim (Cinema Preservation Alliance/USA) worked with Viviana Garcia-Besné (Permanencia Voluntaria/Mexico) to restore this film.
December 14 only
Viviana Garcia-Besné (Permanencia Voluntaria/Mexico) worked with Peter Conheim (Cinema Preservation Alliance/USA) to restore this film.
Rodolfo Acosta, Ninón Sevilla, Tito Junco, Rita Montaner,
Classic Mexican melodrama shows us that the excesses of Luis Buñuel and Arturo Ripstein did not come out of nowhere. Victims of Sin is a tour de force for Ninón Sevilla, a rumba dancer and, incidentally, an over-the-top actress. She portrays a cabaret dancer trying to raise an abandoned kid and forced into prostitution. “Victims of the Social Structure” doesn’t make a very good title, but that’s what it’s all about—albeit exploited to the point of high camp—in the entertaining film musicals known as rumberas. Rodolfo Acosta is Sevilla’s zoot-suited artistic director/pimp (a jerk, but what a dancer!), while Tito Junco as her enigmatic would-be savior walks the streets with his sorrows and ever-present mariachi sounds in tow. With all this, plus the rhythms of Perez Prado and urban chanteuse Rita Montaner, Gabriel Figueroa’s fabulous framing and lighting in a film noir vein are like the icing on the little brat’s cake.