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Joseph L. Mankiewicz
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On New Year's Eve 1899, Soledad is peddling violets in a Madrid busy street when she meets aristocrat Fernando. The couple falls in love but their different social backgrounds threatens the relationship. Fernando is under constant pressure from his older brother Alfonso who reminds him of his duties including his engagement to Magdalena, a countess. Disregarding all social conventions and scandalizing high society, Fernando sets up Soledad in a plush apartment and announces their marriage plans. Alfonso gets killed in a duel trying to save the family honor. Fernando, feeling devastated and guilty by his brother's death, decides to put an end to the affair. Heartbroken, Soledad runs away and ends up singing for a living at Salon Bolero . There she meets Henri, a French promoter who offers to make her a singing star. Meanwhile, Fernando realizes that he cannot live without Soledad and tries to find her but, by then, she has gone to Paris. Soledad conquers France and becomes a stage ... Written by
After El Ultimo Cuplé, Montiel tells in her autobiography, signed three contracts: one with Benito Perrojo, another with Cesáreo González and one more with the Bacázar Bothers, for the making of 3 films with each one, getting for each movie 35 million of pesetas or 1 million dollars "...long before Elizabeth Taylor". La Violetera, she says "was more of a fairy tale story" but gave her the opportunity to choose the "right songs" as well her dresses and the decoration. An enormous success and "her favorite personal film", the Jose Padilla's "La Violetera" theme song was used long before in a movie: by Charles Chaplin in City Lights (1931). Many years later, like 30 or so, she would sing again this theme for a CD titled "Pusísimo", with her friend and famous opera singer Montserrat Caballé. Of course, it's a terrible and easy-to-forget version for both. It's in my opinion, that "La Violetera" is her first movie in which we can see how the camp myth is born since she was able to do whatever she wanted to do, including sort of self directing, so its no wonder that after this nice and corny film, she became more and more camp until she transformed herself in a Spanish Mae West but never the less, a diva.
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