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The Yacht Isabel Arrived This Afternoon

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The Yacht Isabel Arrived This Afternoon
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Directed byCarlos Hugo Christensen
Written byCarlos Hugo Christensen
Guillermo Meneses
Aquiles Nazoa
Produced byCarlos Hugo Christensen
Enrique Faustin
Luis Guillermo Villegas Blanco
StarringArturo de Córdova
CinematographyJosé María Beltrán
Edited byNello Melli
Music byEduardo Serrano
Release date
  • April 1949 (1949-04)
Running time
96 minutes

The Yacht Isabel Arrived This Afternoon (Spanish: La Balandra Isabel llegó esta tarde) is a 1949 Venezuelan-Argentine film directed by Carlos Hugo Christensen. It was shown at the 1951 Cannes Film Festival,[1] where it also won for Best Cinematography.[2]

The film was part of an ultimately failed effort by the producer Luis Guillermo Villegas Blanco to establish a Venezuelan film industry during the era. Despite this, it is seen as marking the "true birth of Venezuelan cinema".[3]

For the film, Blanco brought in established film personnel and actors from Argentina and Mexico. It was shot on location and at the Bolivar Studios in Caracas.[4]


The captain of a small vessel regularly sailing between his home island of Margarita Island in the Caribbean and the Venezuelan mainland has two separate and very different relationships. At home he is happily married, having named his boat Isabel after his wife. He also has a young son Juan who aspires to become his father's cabin boy. Yet on his visits to the port of La Guaira he has a passionate affair with Esperanza, a woman working in a seedy cabaret.

Having decided to give up his mistress, even considering selling his boat so that he can no longer visit her, she arranges to have a voodoo spell placed on him which sends him into an obsessive trance. Only through the intervention of his son, and a violent confrontation, is he finally able to break free from her control.



A photograph of a model yacht advertising the film, parked in Plaza Francia, Caracas
A photograph of a model yacht advertising the film, parked in Plaza Francia, Caracas

The film was produced by Bolívar Films through Luis Guillermo Villegas Blanco. The associate producers were Enrique Faustin and Christensen. Christensen was also chosen by the Venezuelan production to be director;[5] Aguilar and Ortiz suggest that he was chosen to direct in large part because of his "audacity [...] when he introduced eroticism in the Argentine melodrama, especially in Safo, historia de una pasión".[6]

Filming locations include Caracas, Margarita, Costa de Barlovento, and Muchinga de la Guaira.[5] The neighborhood of Muchinga had been abandoned shortly before the film was made, seen as a place of destitution, but was in part rebuilt for the film, with El Nacional reporting at the time that dozens of tradesmen were deployed to the coast. Actor Arturo de Córdova both visited this area and moved to Margarita, living among the fishermen for several months to get into character.[3]

The music used in the film, under direction and composition of the Venezuelan Eduardo Serrano, reflects the traditional music of the locations in the film and incorporates Afro-Venezuelan music. Serrano had minimal experience with music for film. Within the music department was Leopoldo Orzali, who had worked with Christensen on films before.[5]

The story of the film is based on the novel of the same name written by Guillermo Meneses, and is described as a political narrative that intends to break traditional regionalism.[7]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Yacht Isabel Arrived This Afternoon". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 2009-01-11.
  2. ^ Peña, Claritza (2011). "La Balandra Isabel Llegó Esta Tarde". Revista Altagracia – via Scribd.
  3. ^ a b "La Balandra Isabel Llegó Esta Tarde: Primer Largometraje de Cine Venezolano que tuvo a Margarita como locación". Mata Siete. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  4. ^ Rist p.65
  5. ^ a b c Aguilar & Ortiz p.2
  6. ^ Aguilar & Ortiz p.3
  7. ^ Aguilar & Ortiz p.4


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