Honeysuckle (film)

Honeysuckle (Spanish: Madreselva) is a 1938 Argentine musical film directed by Luis César Amadori. With Ivo Pelay, Amadori co-wrote the play upon which the film is based. Starring Hugo del Carril, Libertad Lamarque and Malisa Zini, it premièred in Buenos Aires on 5 November 1938 and was a popular success.[1] Its plot is loosely based on the lyrics of a tango song of the same name. It is a tango film, an extremely popular genre during the Golden Age of Argentine Cinema. It was screened at the Venice Film Festival.

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Directed byLuis César Amadori
Written byLuis César Amadori
Ivo Pelay
Produced byAngel Mentasti
StarringHugo del Carril
Libertad Lamarque
Malisa Zini
Miguel Gómez Bao
CinematographyJohn Alton
Edited byCarlos Rinaldi
Music byHans Diernhammer
Distributed bySono Film
Release date
  • 5 November 1938 (1938-11-05)
Running time
93 minutes

During the production Del Caril met Ana María Lynch who was working on the film as an extra. They began a decade-long relationship during which time the couple appeared together in several films.


A film star enjoys a romance with the daughter of a puppeteer, but his criminal past threatens to ruin it.



  1. ^ Rist p.202


  • Rist, Peter H. Historical Dictionary of South American Cinema. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

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