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La Habanera (1937)

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Trapped in Puerto Rico, a beautiful young Swede is torn between her passionate, but mildly abusive South American oligarch husband and her longing for her European homeland.

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Credited cast:
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Don Pedro de Avila
Karl Martell ...
Dr. Sven Nagel
Julia Serda ...
Boris Alekin ...
Dr. Luis Gomez
Paul Bildt ...
Dr. Pardway
Edwin Jürgensen ...
Shumann
Carl Kuhlmann ...
Prefect
Michael Schulz-Dornburg ...
Little Juan de Avila
Rosita Alcaraz ...
Spanish dancer
Lisa Helwig ...
Rosita - Don Pedro's old servant
Geza von Foeldessy ...
Chauffeur
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franz Arzdorf ...
Doctor #1 in Puerto Rico
Roma Bahn ...
Ebba
Günther Ballier ...
Steward
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Storyline

Astrée Sternhjelm is visiting Puerto Rico with her aunt Ana, and is enchanted by the island. The day before leaving she meets the wealthy Don Pedro at a bullfight arena, and is infatuated by him. Just before the ship takes off, she hears the song "La Habanera" sung by some natives at the quay. The song strikes a chord in her heart, and without hesitating she leaves the boat to find Don Pedro. After some weeks they get married. Ten years later her paradise has turned into hell. She is locked up with her son Juan in the big estate by her jealous and controlling husband. In Stockholm her aunt Ana is financing a foundation, which is sending two doctors to Puerto Rico to research a tropical fever. One of them, Dr. Sven Nagel, was once in love with Astrée, and the aunt asks him to find out what has happened to her niece. When the two doctors arrive to the island, they are met with hostility from the authorities and the local doctors, who are afraid that news about the tropical fever in the ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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11 February 1938 (Netherlands)  »

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Habanera  »

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Trivia

The movie was not shot on Puerto Rico but the Canary Islands during the Spanish Civil War. See more »

Quotes

Astree Sternhjelm: You know, I turned back at the last moment ten years ago as the steamer was casting off. The island seemed to me like a paradise back then. Later, it came to seem like hell.
Dr. Sven Nagel: And now?
Astree Sternhjelm: Now? I have no regrets.
Dr. Sven Nagel: Regret is always foolish.
Astree Sternhjelm: La Habanera...
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Soundtracks

El Viento me una ha Cantado
Music by Lothar Brühne
Sung by Zarah Leander
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16 October 2003 | by (www.martsander.com) – See all my reviews

An incredibly stupid film, this one should be avoided. Leander has done so much better work for the screen, and one shouldn't waste one's time on this miserable attempt to create the exotic, sensual southern atmosphere that would make the middle class German hausfrau's heart beat quicker. Leander herself is much better in less melodrama, and in this particular film she doesn't even have the best possible songs to sing. Go for something else instead.


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