Romance Tropical (Puerto Rico, 1934)

Saturday, November 4, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

Recuerdos de un cine en espaƱol: Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles

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A special pass grants access to all screenings in this series!

Advance tickets for individual screenings are available online for $10.

Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office beginning one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; free to all UCLA students with valid ID; $8, other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.


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Additional Information

Romance Tropical (Puerto Rico, 1934), directed by Juan E. Viguié. The first Puerto Rican sound feature ever made, this film was considered lost for over 80 years, before a print was accidentally discovered in the PHI/Krypton Collection at UCLA. The story concerns a young man who discovers a pre-modern tribe on an island and a fortune in pearls, subsequently falling in love with a beautiful native woman, while his upper-class sweetheart waits in the city. Many famous Puerto Ricans worked on the film, including screenwriter Luis Pales Matos, a national poet and one of the founders of Afro-Antillano poetry, and composer Rafael Muñoz, the Island’s most famous big band leader. Puerto Rican film pioneer and Hollywood veteran Juan E. Viguié produced the film with a $10,000 loan, after seeing Santa (1932) in a San Juan cinema. Like She-Devil Island (1936), the film presents a parable of colonialist exploitation of third world peoples, ironically wrapped in an exotic adventure narrative.

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