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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Credited cast:
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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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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Ambitious period piece
16 June 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The film was Cuba's most ambitious project to date. The production design is dazzling. The cinematography is wild, vivid, epic. The film is free adaptation of Cirillo Villaverde's famous 19th century novel with the same title. The film is a mix bag. There are memorable moments like the nightmare of the slaves rebelion, of the final scene in the cathedral. On the other hand, the film sucumbs at times at its excessive theatricallity. But it is definetely worth watching.


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