Journal article

Far from home? Functions of escapism and portrayal of the tropics in la habanera (1937)

C Sandberg

Studies in European Cinema | Informa UK Limited | Published : 2009

Abstract

The Ministry of Propaganda was attracted by cinema’s great potential to unite three distinct endeavours: employing cinema as entertainment, propaganda tool and economic commodity. In case of Detlef Sierck’s La Habanera (1937), the blend of form and text promised great success as cinematography, storyline and selection of actors, made this film achieve all three of the above. Utilizing Northern European beliefs about the tropics, the film establishes an inauspicious picture about a culture characterized by unrestrained sexuality, a health damaging climate and archaic social customs. La Habanera employs these clichéd perceptions for a National Socialist enlightenment process that makes use of ..

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