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Category: 1934

From the Vaults -- 'La Mujer del Puerto' (1934)

  La Mujer del Puerto  

None of the countless movies  I have ever seen – domestic or foreign -- prepared me for the 1934 Mexican film “La Mujer del Puerto” (“The Woman of the Port”). If you watch the movie without knowing anything about it – as I did – you may think the plot is drifting aimlessly. But it’s not.

In case you don’t recall, I randomly ordered old foreign films – the earliest I could find -- when I subscribed to Netflix as an escape from the usual Hollywood fare. “Mujer” arrived shortly after “Vamonos Con Pancho Villa!” as part of my meandering through Mexican cinema. The movie deals with a theme that has yet to be explored to any great degree in American films and makes  “Vamonos” look like a romp in the park. 

Aside from the plot, one the biggest surprises of “Mujer” is the technical sophistication. The film is beautifully photographed by Alex Phillips and contains some of the most powerful images I have seen in a long while.    

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