Synopsis by Josh Ralske
Hotel Danubio is a remake of José Antonio Nieves Conde's 1955 thriller, Red Fish, and was produced by José Luis Garci as part of a series of remakes of classic Spanish films. The film opens during a violent storm on the "Coast of Death" in 1955, the scene of a crime, and then jumps back in time to show what motivated the crime. Hugo (Santiago Ramos) is a struggling novelist, an older man in love with a pretty showgirl, Ivón (Carmen Morales). Hugo keeps telling Ivón that he plans to marry her as soon as he gets some money together, perhaps when his novel is published. But the prying Ivón finds a bank statement addressed to Hugo's house for someone named "Carlos," who has a lot of money. Suspecting that he's deceiving her, she angrily confronts Hugo. He explains that Carlos is his son, an architecture student, and that the money is Carlos' inheritance from a wealthy aunt who has disowned Hugo. Ivón visits Hugo's apartment, where she is intrigued to find a sexy photo of herself in Carlos' desk drawer. She begins to think that the wealthy young man has a crush on his father's girlfriend. She sends Carlos a note and a ticket to her show, and asks him to meet her. Hugo soon learns that Ivón is pursuing Carlos, and eventually confronts her about it, setting in motion a bold plan to steal the inheritance and salvage their love. Hotel Danubio was written and directed by Antonio Giménez-Rico, and was presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2004 as part of the series Spanish Cinema Now.
inheritance, storm, writer