I finally got a chance to watch this by moving to Mexico and free downloading the full movie (143 pesos, or about US$13.50). You can get it on ebay occasionally and i think its well worth the asking price. The image has been digitally restored and it has both Spanish and excellent English language subtitles. I don’t know why these haven’t been made more widely available in the us yet.
Anyway, regarding the film: I was expecting it to be “hopelessly dated” as per a prior review and was pleasantly surprised to find this among Indio’s more sophisticated works. I also liked the fact that he took a different turn and left the country for the big city. Gabriel Figueroa took advantage of the urban scenery with some great shots of the Zocalo, old town callejons, and dancing in the fabled danzon cabaretera. The story is never overwhelmingly complex but the acting is routinely superb and Fernandez manages to subtly lace the ambiance with the same universal human themes from his rural dramas; he was as much a student of Renoir as he was of Eisenstein.
Definitely give Salon Mexico a look if you get the chance. I guess you could call it “hopelessly dated” if you feel the same way about Casablanca or Double Indemnity. But then again you would be saying more about yourself then the film you are reviewing!