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La Sabina (1979)

English scholar visits a small Spanish town in the Andalusian mountains to investigate the disappearance of another English scholar long ago. He learns of the legend of Sabina, a mysterious dragon woman who becomes his obsession.


José Luis Borau (as J.L. Borau)


José Luis Borau (as J.L. Borau)


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Cast overview:
Ángela Molina ... Pepa (as Angela Molina)
Jon Finch ... Michael
Harriet Andersson ... Monica
Carol Kane ... Daisy
Simon Ward ... Philip
Ovidi Montllor ... Manolín
Luis Escobar ... Marqués
Francisco Sánchez Grajera Francisco Sánchez Grajera ... Antonio (as Francisco Sanchez Grajera)
Fernando Sánchez Polack ... Félix (as Fernando Sanchez-Polak)
Anastasio Campoy Anastasio Campoy ... Criado
Francisco Ortuño Francisco Ortuño ... Guardia
Paula Molina ... Doncella
Mary Carrillo ... La Marquesa


English scholar visits a small Spanish town in the Andalusian mountains to investigate the disappearance of another English scholar long ago. He learns of the legend of Sabina, a mysterious dragon woman who becomes his obsession.

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Spain | Sweden



Release Date:

9 March 1981 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Sabina See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Featured in Talking Pictures: Episode #1.6 (1980) See more »


La Sabina (Tema de amor)
Written and Performed by Paco de Lucía
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A dramatic and strange Spanish film co-produced by Spain and Sweden with great cast
24 March 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is an interesting Spanish/Swedish movie , including fantastic touches and premiered in 1979 . English scholar , Michael (Jon Finch), following the tracks of a lost writer 100 years ago , visits a small Spanish town in the Andalusian mountains . He has relations to an American woman , Daisy (Carol Kane who replaced Geraldine Chaplin) and falls in love for a young woman , Pepa (Angela Molina) . He learns of the legend of Sabina who becomes his obsession , a fantastic dragon woman who makes love men and subsequently devour them . Meanwhile , there shows up his separated wife Mónica (Harriet Andersson) , accompanied by their friend Philip (Simon Ward) .

Weird and slow-moving film with fantasy elements dealing with a scholar to investigate the disappearance of another English writer long ago , it is mingled with the legend of a mysterious dragon woman . There is a confrontation between two groups , foreign people and natives under background in a terrifying legend about the ¨Sabina¨, a dragon become a gorgeous woman who makes love with men and after giving sexual pleasure devour them . There is also a curious allegory about the female condition , it is an acceptable flick but turns out to be slowly paced and resulting in an uneven yarn . This is an exciting film that blends superstition , a powerful female presence , fantasy and Andalusian habits of a magical land . To enjoy this picture , being really necessary to hear the original version , including various languages : Spanish , English and Swedish . The international cast is frankly fine , such as : Angela Molina , a prestigious actress and muse of famous directors as Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón , Jaime Chavarri , Bigas Luna ; Jon Finch who starred ¨Hitchock's Frenzy¨ and ¨Polanski's Macbeth¨ and Harriet Andersson , Ingmar Bergman's favorite . And Simon Ward of ¨Young Winston¨, as trivia to add : Simon Ward and Jon Finch died same year and age : 2012 at 70 year old . Support cast is pretty well , full of notorious Spanish actors , giving brief but good interpretations as Ovidi Montllor who starred ¨Furtivos¨, here he plays as a dim-witted man , Mary Carrilo , Fernando Sanchez Polack , Paula Molina and Luis Ciges . Evocative cinematography by the Swedish Lasse Björne , though a perfect remastering being extremely necessary . Shot on location , Andalucia , Serrania Ronda , Cadiz and Olvera little town . Atmospheric soundtrack , including enjoyable sounds by guitarist Paco De Lucia .

The motion picture was well written/produced/directed by José Luis Borau , being awarded as the best filmmaker by the Circle of Cinema Writers . He began to publish articles about cinema in the newspaper "El Heraldo De Aragon" and critic of cinema in the same newspaper . Enters the Spanish Instituto De Investigaciones y Experiencias Cinematograficas in Madrid (Official Cinema School) and several years later being President of the Spanish Academy . Borau was a notorious writer and director , one of the best Spanish filmmakers , especially known for ¨Furtivos¨ or ¨Poachers¨ . He had a great career , alternating flops as ¨Rio Abajo¨ , ¨Leo¨, ¨Tata Mia¨, ¨Niño Nadie¨ along with successes as ¨Hay Que Matar a B¨ , ¨Mi Querida Señorita¨ , ¨Celia¨ and ¨Furtivos¨ .

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