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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

"Perfidia" (Spanish for "perfidy", as in faithless, treacherous or false) is a popular Mexican song written by Alberto Domínguez (1913–1975) about love and betrayal . Aside from the original Spanish, other renditions exist, including English and instrumental versions. The English lyrics are by Milton Leeds. The song was published in 1939 and became a hit for Xavier Cugat in 1940. This version was used by director Wong Kar-wai in his films Days of Being Wild, In the Mood for Love, and 2046.

"Perfidia"' has been recorded by many artists, including Charlie Parker, Mel Torme, Juana La Loca, Olavi Virta, Café Tacuba, Glenn Miller, Nana Mouskouri, King Tubby, Phyllis Dillon, The Shadows, The Ventures, Linda Ronstadt, Nat King Cole, Lawrence Welk, Luis Miguel, mandolinist Dave Apollon, The Four Aces, Club Killers feat. Anna Maria Espinosa, Olivia Molina, Perez Prado, Ibrahim Ferrer, Los Rabanes, and Ben E. King. An English arrangement of "Perfidia" was also the founding song of the Princeton Nassoons Princeton University's oldest a cappella group. Music critics assert that perhaps the pinnacle of American popular music was reached somewhere around 1939 or 1940 with Big Band & Swing music. They further asserted that this pinnacle was achieved by the coupling of The Benny Goodman Orchestra with singer Helen Forrest during this two year period. Of their astonishing fifty-seven studio recordings, their rendition of Perfidia, is considered their crown jewel marking an exact high point in American popular music.

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"Perfidia" means betrayal in love.

The song was played in the film, Casablanca when Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart danced in the Paris nightclub, in the flashback sequence of their romance there.

This song was the episode title and played in the final episode of "Journeyman" (2007) on NBC.

Perfidia is a song in the off-broadway musical "Forever Plaid" (1990)

The song has also been used as the opening theme to the television show George and Martha

Perfidia was also included on the Dexter Soundtrack

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