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Soledad es una humilde vendedora de violetas que un día conoce a Fernando, un joven noble y rico que pertenece a la alta sociedad de Madrid. Ambos se enamoran rápidamente, pero Fernando para evitar problemas por sus diferencias económicas, decide separarse de ella. Al paso de los años Soledad se hace una famosa cantante y tiene una nueva oportunidad con Fernando.

Soledad is a modest violet street seller that one day meets a man called Fernando, a handsome and rich young man from Madrid´s high society. They quickly fall in love, but Fernando is not willing to get around the fact they belong to different worlds, so he decides to break apart from her. As times goes on, Soledad becomes a famous singer and has another shot at love with Fernando.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sara Montiel, Raf Villone, Frank Villard and Tomas Blanco
  • Directors: Luis Cesar Amadori
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Navarre Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: March 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001P72A1Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,466 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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In "La Violetera" a poor flower girl falls in love with a rich aristocrat who is already committed to marrying a duchess.
Marcos
The film is a perfect example of the genre's ability to touch people's emotions to a very high degree, and does so with both technical and artistic overall quality.
R. de Aquino
In spite of the lackluster DVD edition (no restoration, no remastering) "La Violetera" remains a charming film with enormous mass appeal.
Mr. Jordi

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Marcos on April 1, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
First I must mention what makes this DVD release so special: it has English subtitles! For the first time ever, English-speaking people are able to watch this classic film and understand the basics of the plot and even the meaning of the songs. However, it is tragic that the distributors DistriMax Inc. didn't make an effort to provide consumers with a digitally restored version of "La Violetera." Consequently the copy we are getting here lacks the neatness and richness of color of the original production and, to make matters worse, the sound is uneven with a weird background noise popping up here and there. Maybe the ridiculous low price is intended to "make up" for the video and sound shortcomings. However it is time for video firms to realize that consumers would rather pay a little more and get quality specially in films like "La Violetera" a family classic for over 50 years. Could we conceive at this point cheap lack luster DVD releases of films like "The Wizard of Oz" or "Gone With The Wind"? Of course not! It would be disrespectful to both the film creators and to the consumers. Well, the same good judgment should be applied to foreign classics.

Now that I've tackled the good, the bad and the ugly of this DVD I should mention something about the film itself, specially for those who have never seen it. "La Violetera" is a 1958 Spanish-Italian co-production designed to showcase the beauty and talents of its star Sarita Montiel. The previous year, Miss Montiel had surprised audiences in most of the civilized world with her performance in "El Ultimo Cuple," a low budget musical drama which became the biggest box office success in the history of Spanish cinema.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alberto M. Barral on August 18, 2010
Format: DVD
The DVD is not transferred from a restored copy, so the color is overall faded, more importantly for a musical film, the sound synchronization is not good, sometimes Sara looks like she is dubbing herself, and the sound for the music numbers can be bad at times. Definitly deserves to be re-issued in a fully restored version this is a lavish Italo-Spanish production from 1958 that deserves the effort for preservation.

The movie was a tremendous success at the box office and it confirmed Sara Montie's appeal as a star, which she had started one year previously with her first blockbuster, "El Ultimo Cuplé" (1957). It is easy to see why. This woman was an absolute stage sensation and was additionally a good singer with lots of charisma. Here she is at her prime, in one outfit more outlandish than the last, but always gorgeous and glamorous.

The story is that of a poor violet seller (Very much like Liza in "My Fair Lady") who falls in love with a handsome aristocrat, Raf Vallone, that is on his way to yet one more night at the opera when she is selling flowers at the door of the theater. But neither his family or the social circles where he belongs are ready to accept her, though she is trying very hard to learn etiquette and manners. It is interesting to note that all the people who critizice her the most are either bitter, jealous and bitchy society women whose empty lives certainly need the fulfillment of judgement, or really hideous men who look like they could never have an illicit love affair no matter how much they would have wanted to. Although the action is set in the year 1900, the hypocritical and repressive society depicted is better understood within the context of contemporary Spain at that time, under the Franco dictatorship.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Luis Fauaz Simon on February 21, 2009
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Una película, una canción y una mujer inolvidables. Tal vez su mejor cinta,al menos la preferida de la artista. La Sara Montiel mítica:inmensamente bella y prueba fehaciente de sus dotes de actriz.
Una excelente oportunidad para disfrutar de nuevo de una película que marcó una época.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Francisco Repetto Torres on February 21, 2009
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SARITA EN SU MEJOR MOMENTO TANTO EN BELLEZA COMO EN ACTUACION, BIEN VALE
LA PENA VOLVER A VER ESTA PELICULA QUE FUE DE LAS MAS TAQUILLERAS EN 1958
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It is very unlikely that La Violetera or any other classic film from Spain, Mexico or Argentina will ever be properly restored and released on a decent DVD. Why? Because the producers and distributors of those films don´t give a damn. They are used to making money without spending a dime and... Read More
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