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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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Astree Sternhjelm
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Don Pedro de Avila
Karl Martell ...
Dr. Sven Nagel
Julia Serda ...
Tante Ana Sternhjelm
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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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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German censorship visa # B.47111 delivered on 17-12-1937. 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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Du kannst es nicht wissen
Music by Lothar Brühne
Lyrics by Bruno Balz
Performed by Zarah Leander
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Another brilliant Sirk film
25 January 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Having seen "La Habanera" a few years ago, I had relegated it in my mind to the second ranks of Sirk pictures. But a re-viewing tonight was a surprise. The melodrama plot is, perhaps, just a touch too sketchy, but the handling of it is magnificent. This is a film of extremely subtle montage, aided by a flawless sense of framing, angle and composition. Sirk's visual imagination is seemingly inexhaustible, and he is aided by first-rate art direction. It should be no surprise, really, that his last film in Germany should be a masterpiece. One is prepared for it, certainly, after seeing the wonderful "Hofkonzert," a delicious rococo bon bon, or the excellent melodrama "Zu neuen Ufern." But in "La Habanera" the easy flow of genre to genre (adventure film to comedy of the Hawksian type -- some very fine work from Boris Alekin as Dr. Gomez -- to musical to melodrama) makes for something very special. A near-contemporary comparison is Stahl's "Letter of Introduction" - - which similarly moves effortlessly from genre to genre without disconcerting its audience. No mean feat!


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