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La Habanera

1937 1h 38m Drama List
Reviews 38% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
A woman rebels against her evil husband. Read More Read Less

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Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Bold turmoil masquerading as studio escapism Feb 12, 2010 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A soft-sell Nazi-era propaganda film that was used as a vehicle for its Swedish born redheaded star Zarah Leander. Rated: C Mar 9, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Dernier film allemand de Douglas Sirk (encore appellé Detlef Sierck) avant son exil aux Etats-Unis. Si le film n'est pas une réussite, il reste très interessant lorsqu'on le confronte à son contexte. Le cinéaste qui n'est pas un partisant du régime nazi (il a toujours refusé d'y adhérer), est quant même obligé dans son travail de suivre les recommandations du ministère de la culture dirigé par Goebbels. Ceci expliquant cela, on comprend alors l'aspect bancal de ce film. D'un coté, le brillant suspens de ces virologue venus combattre une fièvre mortelle, mais qui devront affronter les réticences des autorités locales. Et de l'autre une cascades de chansons populaires aujourd'hui désuettes imposées pour mettre en valeur la star de la UFA, Zarah Leander. Ajoutons à cela certaines idées nazis sous-jacentes dans le scénario (l'héroine séduite par l'exotisme lointain sera punie pour avoir quittée son beau pays originel ou l'aspect de Porto Rico montré comme un nid de maladies). On comprend mieux alors la volonté de Sirk de fuire son pays où il a de plus en plus de mal à s'exprimer. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member well this is the last Sirk movie 2 see clearly not at his peak but shows where some of those sirkian touches come from Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member It's ok. I thought it was bit boring, but it's also funny how Don Pedro is killed by irony. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member The musical numbers are really wonderful. The rest is kind of...blah? Didn't ever get into it... Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member This was the first movie I ever saw starring Zarah Leander. I dont really get the movie though,It feels like Douglas Sirk couldnt decide if he wanted to do a musical or not so he mixed in some crappy songs into a non musical film.. The result is weird and confusing Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A woman rebels against her evil husband.
Director
Douglas Sirk
Screenwriter
Gerhard Menzel
Genre
Drama
Original Language
German
Runtime
1h 38m