Left alone after her mother runs off with another man and her father kills himself, Elena attempts to make a new life for herself in a new city. Believing he’s a friend, Elena goes to dinner with “Pretty Boy” Lucio, but he drugs her champagne and sells her to Rosaura, who runs a brothel out of her nightclub. Elena becomes a sensation as a dancer, but all the while she nurtures plans of revenge against those who have conspired against her. —IMDb
Once described by Rivette as "an oblique challenge to bourgeois, Catholic, and all other moralities," the Cuban-born rumbera Ninón Sevilla is delightfully expressive in this subversive, late-period cabaretera (a pastiche of musical, melodrama and noir). Whether reacting to the film's delirious plot twists, shaking her stuff during the space-defying musical numbers, or exchanging sarcastic barbs and more with her pimp/mother-in-law (the great Andrea Palma, whose 1934 The Woman of the Port practically inaugurated the genre), Sevilla is simply irresistible. Not unlike the film itself, which is shot by master DP Alex Phillips, once a mentor to Gabriel Figueroa, and features performances from some of the finest Latino musicians of the period.
Just a fun wild, wild, crazy, insane, and kind of sweet film. Kind of moving too. Very melodramatic but it freakin' works. The acting I thought was genuinely good in parts and of course, a campy mess in other places. This film has everything I like in films and more. Just great!