In 1830s Havana, amidst the Cuban independence movement, social climber Cecilia Valdés uses santería to conquer Leonardo Gamboa, the son of a rich colonialist family.

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Daisy Granados ...
Cecilia
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Leonardo
Raquel Revuelta ...
Madre de Leonardo
Miguel Benavides
Eslinda Núñez
Nelson Villagra
César Évora
Linda Mirabal
José Antonio Rodríguez ...
Uribe
Antonia Valdés
Gerardo Riverón
Omara Portuondo
María Regla Gutiérrez
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Alfredo Mayo ...
General Vives
Alberto Molina ...
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In 1830s Havana, amidst the Cuban independence movement, social climber Cecilia Valdés uses santería to conquer Leonardo Gamboa, the son of a rich colonialist family. Written by Edgar Soberón Torchia <cimas@sinfo.net>

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10 August 1984 (Spain)  »

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parts of it mirror "Beloved"
31 December 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

It must have only been during the past few years that Humberto Solas's "Cecilia" became available in the United States. I actually liked Solas's later "Un hombre de exito" ("A Successful Man") better, as this one comes across as sort of a Jane Austen-style period piece. Daisy Granados plays the title character, trying to seduce a young aristocrat through santeria in 1830s Cuba.

A scene that I found really impressive was the beginning, when the slave woman tells the story of the African woman stolen off of her land. Such was certainly the fate of so many Africans. That whole sequence reminded of Jonathan Demme's "Beloved", what with the stories of slavery. And of course, there's eventually a slave rebellion. Slavery is the real history of the Americas.

All in all, worth seeing.


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