A gem for fans of the musical genre of La Zarzuela
Two sisters dressmakers, "Casta" (Charito Leonís), and "Susana" (Raquel Rodrigo), living in the boarding house of "Señá Rita" (Selica Carpio Perez), are claimed by the old apothecary "Don Hilarion" (Miguel Ligero). When the two girls decide to go to "Verbena de la Paloma" with the pharmacist, when "Julian" (Roberto Rey) the boyfriend of "Susana" try to prevent it.
The film is based on the famous zarzuela Madrid the same name. Its author Tomas Breton, in this piece of music, defies dominant laziness in the field of gender boy who used to consist of little music and almost always the culmination of an action taken by actors and comedians, but few musicians. In "La Verbena de la Paloma", the author seeks to be musical dramaturgy to a point just made in this genre. "Don Hilarion", "Julian", "Susana", "Señá Rita" and even "Tía Antonia" explains musically, his singing is his nature as characters, which includes up to "Sereno". Only "the bartender" with his "chulapa" and extravagant argument artistic escape this rule, but have musicality this character would have been an effort, and achievement, exceeding expectations and the logic of production time. As for the chorus, only with famous "rollovers", "Como la Virgen de la Paloma ...", is a hymn to Madrid festive whose echo still resounds.
The film is well directed by Benito Perojo, and has a superb cast that gets splendid performances like Miguel Ligero "Don Hilarion" Roberto Rey "Julian" and Selica Perez Carpio "Señá Rita".
The staging is very well achieved and we can see surprising sequences as the fight between "Don Hilarion" and "Julian" and the recreation of the old fairground. About the soundtrack, I think it is a gem for fans of the musical genre of "La Zarzuela".
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