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This was the debut commercial feature of Ishmael Bernal (1938–1996), considered one of the greatest filmmakers the Philippines ever produced. Rita Gomez plays a stripper fed up with her lot in life. Luckily, or so it seems at first, she is discovered by a movie director (Eddie Garcia) and put on a path to stardom. Bernal always had a rebellious, subversive streak that added fascinating nuance to his films. Within the context of this exploration of the toxicity of show business, he reveals the greater tyrannies of a society on the verge of martial law. (1971, 117 min)