La Habanera [DVD] [1937]

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  • Photo gallery
  • Excerpts of original German reviews
  • Douglas Sirk filmography
  • Booklet essay by film scholar Jan-Christopher Horak


La Habanera
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

Cast & Crew

  • Zarah Leander
    Zarah Leander - Astree Sternhjelm
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    Julia Serda - Ana Sternhjelm
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    Ferdinand Marian - Don Pedro de Avila
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    Edwin Jurgensen - Shumann
  • Karl Martell
    Karl Martell - Dr. Sven Nagel

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