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La Habanera (1937)

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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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
Géza Földessy ...
Chauffeur (as Geza von Foeldessy)
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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30 December 1937 (Slovenia)  »

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Habanera  »

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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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Soundtracks

La Marche des toréadors
(from opera "Carmen")
Composed by Georges Bizet
(1875)
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LA HABANERA (Douglas Sirk, 1937) ***
3 February 2009 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

The earliest example of Douglas Sirk's filmography that I have seen is this German melodrama starring Swedish singing star Zarah Leander. Although hardly a major film when judged against his later, more renowned Hollywood output of the 1950s, at the same time it is just as well-crafted and visually polished a film as any he ever made. A Swedish tourist, vacationing in Puerto Rico with her stuffy elderly aunt, falls in love with its exotic ambiance and laid-back lifestyle and impulsively elopes with its leading citizen Don Pedro (Ferdinand Marian) while at the harbor. Cut to 10 years later and their marriage, which has bore them a son, is at the end of its tether; meanwhile, the resilient aunt decides to entrust an old friend of her niece's – called over there to investigate the outbreak of an epidemic fever – to bring her back home. Don Pedro tries his utmost to keep the real health situation in his community under wraps and this serves to add another layer of animosity towards the Swedish scientist. The titular anthem is heard in various forms throughout the film and, for whatever reason, Leander feels the need to belt it out in public as a farewell gesture to the land and man (who has eventually succumbed to the fever himself) that had captured her heart all those years ago.


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