La Habanera (1937)





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The German La Habanera is set in "contemporary" Spain-and never mind that there's no evidence of the then-raging Spanish Civil War. Zarah Leander plays Astree Sternhjelm, a Swedish lass who falls in love with all things Spanish while on vacation in Puerto Rico. She ends up the mistress of charming but caddish aristocrat Don Pedro (Ferdinand Marion), who discards her when she gives birth to his child. Tragedy is averted when Astree finds true and lasting love in the arms of Swedish doctor Sven Nagel (Karl Martell). La Habanera director Dietflif Sierck later enjoyed a long and fruitful Hollywood career as Douglas Sirk. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Zarah Leander
as Astree Sternhjelm
Julia Serda
as Ana Sternhjelm
Ferdinand Marian
as Don Pedro de Avila
Karl Martell
as Dr. Sven Nagel
Paul Bildt
as Dr. Pardway
Lisa Hellwig
as Old servant
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Critic Reviews for La Habanera

All Critics (2)

Bold turmoil masquerading as studio escapism

Full Review… | February 12, 2010

A soft-sell Nazi-era propaganda film that was used as a vehicle for its Swedish born redheaded star Zarah Leander.

Full Review… | March 9, 2007
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Audience Reviews for La Habanera

well this is the last Sirk movie 2 see clearly not at his peak but shows where some of those sirkian touches come from

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

A German movie about a Swedish woman set in Puerto Rico...the premise had me intrigued. Zarah Leander's character is on vacation in Puerto Rico and meets a nobleman. Just as the boat to Sweden is about to leave, she changes her mind about going back. She decides to stay and marries the guy. The movie suddenly fast forwards ten years - they have a kid now and the beautiful tropical island that she was so captivated with has become a living hell. Her husband turns out to be a jerk who is suppressing news of an epidemic Puerto Rican flu because he doesn't want the country's tourism to suffer, and she is homesick for her native Sweden. The movie is engrossing all the way to the ironic twist ending.

Mara Barker
Mara Barker

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