CECILIA (1982)

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Film version of a seven hour TV series. Set in early nineteenth century Cuba against a background of slavery and based on the novel by Cirillo Villaverde. Set in the 1830s Villaverde's novel tells of the love between Cecilia Valdés, a Cuban girl of mixed race, and Leonardo, son of Cándido de Gamboa, a rich white Spanish slave-trader who is, unbeknown to Cecilia, her father. When Gamboa learns of his son's affair, he arranges the boy's engagement to a white girl of his own class. Cecilia persuades a friend to stop the wedding, with tragic results.

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