Santa (Tovar) is a beautiful and very humble young girl living in Chimalistac, a small and quiet spot south of the 1930's Mexico City. After Santa is cheated by arrogant soldier Marcelino (Reed), she's rejected by her family and friends and expelled of Chimalistac. Santa finds shelter in a whorehouse and becomes a cinic and bitter woman, mistreated by bullfighter "Jarameno" (Martinez Casado) and silently loved by blind pianist Hipolito (Orellana). —Maximiliano Maza <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is the best of several Mexican versions of Gamboa's best-selling novel.
While this version makes several noticeable changes from Federico Gamboa's 1902 novel (most notably, it eliminates the lesbian prostitute, la Gaditana, and transforms the role of Marcelino in a way that significantly affects the degree to which Santa's vicious nature is to blame for her betrayal of her lover, el Jarameño), the script is well written, the film is well acted and it remains a joy to watch. While the silent version is still fun as well, the later version with Ricardo Montalbán is quite awful.
- Jun 12, 2001
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