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Fernando
Frank Villard ...
Henri Barnard
Tomás Blanco ...
Alfonso
Pastor Serrador ...
Carlos
Tony Soler ...
Lola
Félix Fernández ...
Dueño local
Robert Pizani ...
Maestro
Charles Fawcett ...
Extranjero
Aurora García Alonso ...
(as Aurora Gª Alonso)
Laura Valenzuela ...
Chica con el Maestro
Julia Delgado Caro ...
Isabel
Julio Goróstegui ...
Excelencia
Ana de Leyva
Carmen Rodríguez
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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 Mark Martin

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El polichinela
Written by Juan Cadenas (as Cadenas) and Joaquín Valverde (as Valverde)
Performed by Sara Montiel
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Spanish legend Sarita Montiel at her peak
11 December 1999 | by (Miami & Sao Paulo, BR) – See all my reviews

In LA VIOLETERA, a lavish Italo-Spanish co-produced musical (a rarity) in itself, Spanish entertainment legend (singer, actress, cabaret performer, etc.) Sarita Montiel is at her zenith. This film, released in 1958 was a sensation in the Spanish speaking world, and newer generations know it and see it over and over again with their kids. Today it is, of course, very dated, and so melodramatic as to seem like a spoof. However, in its time, the film emulated Hollywood musicals and melodramas, and succeeded. It features very popular songs, and displays typically Spanish (Madrid) folklore. LA VIOLETERA came on the heels of EL ULTIMO CUPLE's success (in 1957), and cemented Sarita Montiel as the Spanish Judy Garland and Lana Turner, all in one. She was also the Spanish world's greatest sex symbol at a time of extreme repression. Still in late 1999, at age 68 to 70, she still tours worldwide, sings and dances up a storm. A nostalgic trip worth experiencing!


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