‘La Habanera’ to screen at HMLC

“La Habanera” is the next film in the Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series, and will be screened at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 in the Holocaust Museum’s theatre in the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive.

Director Douglas Sirk fled Germany in the 1930s and became famous as a director of lush 1950s Hollywood melodramas. His style is evident in this tale of a Swedish beauty who finds love with a Puerto Rican land baron, only to later pine for her homeland. In the 1930s, the lesson of allegiance to one’s homeland was evident to the German audience. As a result, this became a popular, and effective, Nazi propaganda film. The 1937 film is in German with English subtitles and has a running time of 93 minutes.

Introductory remarks and a post-screening discussion will be facilitated by Warren Rosenblum, Associate Professor at Webster University’s Department of History, Politics and International Relations. His most recent book, “Beyond the Prison Gates: Punishment and Welfare in Germany, 1850-1933,” was published in 2009.

This program is free and RSVPs are not required. For additional information, call 314- 442-3714 or email [email protected]