*Salón México*. 1948. Mexico. Directed by Emilio Fernández. Courtesy of Morelia International Film Festival

Salón México. 1948. Mexico. Directed by Emilio Fernández. Screenplay by Mauricio Magdaleno, Emilio Fernández. Cinematography by Gabriel Figueroa. With Marga López, Miguel Inclán, Rodolfo Acosta. DCP. In Spanish; English subtitles. 95 min.

In the late 1940s, as the corruption of the Alemán government became evident, Mexican cinema took a turn toward big-city noir, as did Emilio Fernández, with this drama in the popular cabaretera genre. But in Fernández’s hands, even the sordid Mexico City dance hall in which the self-sacrificing heroine (Marga López) works to support her virtuous younger sister becomes a glorious symbol of Mexican communal solidarity, as the cabaret girl joins with an idealistic policeman (Miguel Inclán, in a rare sympathetic role) to defeat a brutal gangster (Rodolfo Acosta).

  1. Tuesday, March 13,
    4:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Friday, March 9,
    7:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
  3. Sunday, March 4,
    7:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2