One of the most popular Mexican films ever made, the cult sensation Aventurera is a famous example of cabaretera, a curious film noir and musical hybrid wildly popular in Mexico in the 1940s and 1950s. Starring Ninón Sevilla, whom Variety called "a cross between Rita Hayworth and Carmen Miranda," the film follows the melodramatic rise and fall of a popular nightclub star with a dark past.
Enamorada (A Woman in Love)
Emilio Fernández, 1946, 99 min.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Widely regarded as the "most beautiful face in the history of Mexican cinema," María Félix was a one-time lover of Diego Rivera who starred in a string of "moustache-meets-mantilla" melodramas in which her strong character is finally overwhelmed by a still stronger male. Enamorada follows the same theme, but on a lighter note - it's a Mexican Taming of the Shrew. A revolutionary general rides into her town and executes some token aristocrats before falling for Félix.