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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
In Madrid, on the New Year's Eve of 1900, the violet street vendor Soledad (Sara Montiel) meets the rich noble Fernando (Raf Vallone) and they immediately fall in love for each other. Their difference of classes and the prejudice of the high society of Madrid cause a tragedy in the family of Fernando, forcing their separation.
When I was a boy, I recall how my mother loved this movie. Today I have had the chance to watch it on DVD and it is a delightful classic love story. The romance is very beautiful, showing a tough fight of classes and prejudice in the beginning of the Twentieth Century in Spain. Sarita Montiel is amazingly gorgeous, and have a wonderful chemistry with Raf Vallone. The music score is dated in the present days, but it is still very beautiful, highlighting the title song with the magnificent interpretation of Sarita Montiel. The rare DVD released in Brazil by New Line has many problems mainly with the image, but the distributor issued a warning on the cover advising the consumers about these defects on the available matrix of the film. My vote is ten.
Title (Brazil): "La Violetera"
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