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54 Ratings

Victims of Sin

Víctimas del pecado

Directed by Emilio Fernández
Mexico, 1951
Drama, Musical, Crime


Hailed by critics as one of the best Mexican films ever made, Victimas del Pecado explores the mysterious, exotic underworld of postwar Mexico City.

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Victims of Sin Directed by Emilio Fernández

Awards & Festivals

Ariel Awards (Mexico)

1952 | 2 nominations including: Best Child Actor/Actress

The earthy, magnetic star Ninón Sevilla burns up the floor with percussive, incendiary Afro-Cuban dancing, when she is not rescuing a baby abandoned in a trash can; battling vile, zoot-suited pachuco pimps; nobly enduring degradation as a prostitute and prison inmate; or tenderly mothering her adopted child.
August 09, 2018
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Who could resist this? Not the Bologna audience, who burst into applause when, after slapping a child silly, said pimp got a quick and violent comeuppance. Of course the gorgeous cinematography of Gabriel Figueroa contributed a lot: One shot of a train blasting black smoke into the night would be enough to exalt a far less delirious movie.
July 03, 2018
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The musical sequences — in particular Sevilla’s dancing — are raw, beautiful, and riveting, harnessing the impulses that get our characters into trouble when they go beyond the confines of the dance floor.
October 28, 2015
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