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Thursday, May 22, 2008

LA HABANERA (1937)

A rediscovered pic worth rediscovering! From Douglas Sirk’s last year at the newly Nazified UFA, this woman’s meller shows the technical bravura & buried political elements of his best work. The prologue (Swedish beauty bends to the sultry rhythms of a life in Puerto Rico) is a near masterpiece. Ten years on, life has curdled & a handsome Swedish research scientist, sent to find a cure for the local fever, sweeps her & her ultra-Aryan boy back to Northern climes when her dictatorial hubby catches the bug. Breathtaking moviemaking tethered to Sirk ’s masterful ease in composition, pacing and (especially) editing. and not without socio/cultural/politico interest. The end is a gasp-worthy classic moment.

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