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Salon Mexico

The Woman of the Port

La mujer del Puerto

Andrea Palma, the Dietrich of Mexico, stars as a woman rescued by a shady sailor.

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Mexico 1934
Dirs Arcady Boytler, Raphael J Sevilla
With Andrea Palma, Domingo Soler, Joaquín Busquets
English subtitles

Russian-born Boytler’s proto-noir, shot in inky Expressionist style by Canadian Alex Phillips, was a landmark in Mexican cinema. Andrea Palma, the first great female star of the Golden Age, exudes Dietrich-esque poise as Rosario, a woman pushed to prostitution by tragic circumstances. She’s rescued by sailor Alberto (Soler) – but all may not be what it seems.


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