Noir City: Victims of Sin

Victims of Sin

Mexico | 1951 | 90 min. | Emilio Fernández

February 17, 2024

Noir City

The music, the characters, the confrontations, the emotions—all boil over in this Mexican version of noir dubbed rumberas. Sexy Ninón Sevilla dances up a storm in a club all while dodging a vicious pimp, defying her boss, and rescuing an abandoned baby from the trash. New 4K Restoration.

Individual Tickets: $16 | $11 SIFF Members - Select showtime to purchase
Passes: $150 | $125 SIFF Members

SIFF year-round passes and vouchers are not valid for this screening.

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Noir City: Book Signing with Eddie Muller

Celebrate the release of Czar of Noir Eddie Muller’s new book, “Eddie Muller’s Noir Bar,” with this special book signing event in partnership with University Book Store on Saturday, February 17 from 5:00pm to 5:45pm. Copies of the book will be available on site for sale, along with other Film Noir Foundation merchandise.

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This film virtually leaps off the screen. The music, the characters, the confrontations, the emotions: they boil over the top in this uniquely Mexican version of noir dubbed rumberas, films depicting the hard luck life of nightclub entertainers. And no one is more troubled and volatile than sexy Cuban rumba dancer Ninón Sevilla. As Violeta, she dances up a storm in a club featuring some of Latin America’s top performers—Pérez Prado, Rita Montaner and Pedro Vargas appear. While dodging the abuse of a vicious pimp, our golden-hearted hussy rescues an abandoned baby from the trash, defies her boss, loses her job, and is forced into prostitution. Noir teaches that life is unfair, especially for Mexican nightclub entertainers. Rumberas attracted Mexico’s top cinema talent, including the nation’s most famous director, Emilio Fernández, as well as legendary cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. As André Breton is reputed to have said, “In Europe we talk about surrealism, in Mexico they live it every day.” —Film synopsis courtesy of Noir City

  • Original Language Title: Victimas del pecado
  • Director: Emilio Fernández
  • Principal Cast: Ninón Sevilla, Tito Junco, Rodolfo Acosta, Rita Montaner, Arturo Soto Rangel
  • Country: Mexico
  • Year: 1951
  • Running Time: 90 min.
  • Producer: Guillermo Calderón, Pedro A. Calderón
  • Screenplay: Emilio Fernández, Mauricio Magdaleno
  • Cinematographers: Gabriel Figueroa
  • Editors: Gloria Schoemann
  • Music: Antonio Diaz Conde
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Hidden River (1948), The Pearl (1947), Enamorada (1946)
  • Language: Spanish
  • US Distributor: Janus Films