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The Courtyard, Hereford

Victims of Sin (1951): Film Noir UK

Victims of Sin (1951): Film Noir UK
Victims of Sin (1951): Film Noir UK

Time & Location

16 Mar 2024, 14:00

The Courtyard, Hereford, Edgar St, Hereford HR4 9JR, UK

About the Event

A sizzling, feverish film noir set in Mexico City’s red-light district nightclubs, this explosive rumbera film stars the white-hot Ninón Sevilla. Sensational Cuban dancer Sevilla, a huge international superstar by the 1950s, plays Violeta, a cabaret dancer at the Club Changoo who retrieves a new-born baby boy thrown by a co-worker into a bin (significantly located directly in front of the city’s Monument to the Revolution). Against the odds, turning even to prostitution, Violeta raises the child as her own, all the while defending him from his father, the ruthless, zoot-suited gangster-pimp Rodolfo (Acosta). For all the feisty maternal self-sacrifice, it’s the showstopping dance numbers that are key – outrageously sublime.

“…pure percussion” J. Hoberman, Art Forum

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