If you love film noir, VICTIMAS DEL PECADO (1951) is essential viewing. A benchmark in the genre that goes places where Hollywood feared to tread. Don't let the Spanish title scare you away. SINFUL VICTIMS is the intelligent translation, but literally it translates as VICTIMS (female gender) OF SIN. It is the epitome of Mexico's caberatera, a female-lead genre that combined film noir with nightclub life. The film is very accessible and the subtitles are clear and accurate. Ninon Sevilla stars as a caberat singer - dancer who rescues a baby from a trash can on the curb. Her boss wants her to put it back so she won't miss work, or he'll put her out the street. This film is brutally honest in its depiction of prostitution as well as brutally violent for 1951. It creates a palpable sense of evil from which nobody can escape and to which everybody contributes, however unwittingly. It's also a plea to show compassion for homeless and disadvantaged women. Hollywood never went this far down the dark streets of film noir. It was directed brilliantly by Emilio Fernandez and lit by Gabriel Figueroa as if he were peering out of an abyss. If you like the WB box-sets or the Fox series, you'll be even more impressed with VICTIMAS DEL PECADO. I think it blows away most American noirs. After you seen it once, you'll want to collect as many caberateras as you can find. Buy it from amazon and elsewhere.