La Virgen De La Caridad (1930)

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In this Cuban silent film, the hand of a wealthy rancher's daughter is sought by two men. One is a small farmer, who is not considered socially significant enough to warrant more than contempt. The other is a man who has earned money overseas. However, to ensure the impossibility of the farmer ever winning the girl's hand, the expatriate goes so far as to call into question the man's title to his lands. It happens that the deed has gone missing, and he has no proof of ownership. In desperation, the farmer prays to the Virgin Mary at church, and at that very moment a workman's accident uncovers a small patch of wall containing the deed in question. The farmer rushes off to the wedding ceremony now underway to have a few words with the expatriate, and perhaps to marry his beloved. Despite the somewhat hackneyed nature of the story, this film was notable for its dignified approach to its subject, and the rare glimpse it gives of the Cuban countryside in what now seem to have been its halcyon days.