AFS: Salón México

Austin Film Society presents: Salón México, directed by Emilio Fernández

Mexico, 1948, Drama/Cabaretera, 95 min, Black & White
Spanish with English subtitles

Starring: Marga López, Rodolfo Acosta
Cinematography by Gabriel Figueroa

Sunday, June 18th, 2017, 6:00 PM
AFS Cinema
6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752

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Synopsis
Austin Film Society’s Classical Mexican Cinema series continues with this rare 35mm screening of the nightclub noir SALON MEXICO. We will be joined by series programmer Dr. Charles Ramírez Berg for a special introduction and post-movie discussion.

Directed by Emilio Fernández and stunningly photographed by the great Gabriel Figueroa, Salón México is a prime example of Mexico’s cabaretera genre. In their bleak narratives, shadowy visual style, and jaundiced view of a corrupt status quo, these films were roughly equivalent to American film noir. But whereas the Hollywood genre centered on males in trouble, cabareteras focused on women forced by circumstances into prostitution and delivered a fierce critique of machismo. Here, Mercedes (Marga López) works as a dance-hall b-girl to pay for her younger sister’s private school education. When Mercedes takes money owed her by her pimp (Rodolfo Acosta), his retaliation is swift and brutal.

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