La Habanera (1937)

"Neues Europa"

Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Written by: Gerhard Menzel
Music by: Lothar Brühne
Distributed by: Universum Film AG
Release dates: December 18, 1937 (Germany)
Running time: 100 minutes
Country: Germany
Language: German


Zarah Leander: Astrée Sternhjelm
Ferdinand Marian: Don Pedro de Avila
Karl Martell: Dr. Sven Nagel
Julia Serda: Ana Sternhjelm
Paul Bildt: Dr. Pardway
Edwin Jürgensen: Shumann
Boris Alekin: Dr. Luis Gomez
Carl Kuhlmann: prefect
Michael Schulz-Dornburg: Juan
Rosita Alcaraz: Spanish dancer
Lisa Helwig: old servant
Géza von Földessy: chauffeur
Werner Finck: Mr. Söderblom


Astrée and her aunt from Sweden are vacationing in Puerto Rico. Astrée is enchanted by the local habanera music as well as by Don Pedro de Avila, a rich and powerful landowner and former bullfighter. Upon embarkation, she spontaneously decides to stay; she runs down the gangway, finds him waiting for her, and soon is married.

Ten years later – it is now…

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