Spain: eighteenth century. In the same society painted by Francisco de Goya in his paintings, the Countess of Gualda and the famous popular singer from Madrid Petrilla are so physically ... See full summary »
The father of an ill girl tries to obtain her daughter last wish, the dress of the main character of a Japanese TV series. Because of this last wish he will meet a disturbed girl and a retired professor.
Raimundo de los Reyes
Three different stories whose central axis are radio listeners: several contestants have to get to a radio station studio dressed as Eskimo, a thief answering a call in the house which is ... See full summary »
José Luis Sáenz de Heredia
Octavio Saldaña is a poor young dreamer who lives with his elderly mother and is employed in the offices of the company Manufacturas Sánchez-Bey. As a reward for his work, Mr. Bey invites ... See full summary »
Isabel de Pomés,
On a dark night, the body of a well-known society woman is found; the investigators immediately suspect that the killer was the woman's maid. For her part, the maid demands that the woman's... See full summary »
Martin, a perfume seller coincide with his former classmate and bright, Roberto, who has left her lover planted tonight. Roberto Martin accompanies her home and meets his wife Berta, which ... See full summary »
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José María Forqué
José Luis López Vázquez,
In a small spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor man at your table" dinner: each wealthy household of the town will have a homeless person... See full summary »
Luis García Berlanga
José Luis López Vázquez,
The fifth film made by Rafael Gil, with the collaboration of José Antonio Nieves Conde as assistant director. The screenplay is by Rafael Gil and Eduardo Marquina, who adapted the story "El Clavo" (1881), by Pedro Antonio de Alarcón (1833-1891). Shooting in Sevilla Films Studios (Madrid), except for some exterior shots real (part of the journey by coach, river scene, village rooftops ...) that are filmed in Cuenca. The dramatic action takes place in Cuenca, Madrid, Nueva Mérida (Extremadura town of fiction) and other unnamed locations in the country. It extends from 1865 to about 1870. The single judge "Javier Zarco" (Duran), meets "Blanca" (Amparo Rivelles), during a trip to Madrid to Teruel, a fascinating woman, mysterious and secretive. They fall in love, but she disappears shortly after.
The film adds drama, romance, mystery and fantasy. The love story that builds Rafael Gil, follows the story of Alarcón, but adds elements of mystery, intrigue, shameful secrets and fantasy, dealing with success, although lower than the models in American films inspired. Gil gets wrapped in a climate history unsettling and disturbing, but away from the subtleties and the vibration of their role models.
The film is not about politics, about being a drama and only drama. However, the work is the result of their time and as such it reflects aspects as interesting as the omnipresence of Catholicism, poor means the Administration of Justice, the centrality of power, very high levels of popular ignorance, fearful reactions of the weak, the inexorable importance of confession and public repentance, etc.. Competition from Rafael Gil takes to fill the story sets the mood consistent with the general restriction of civil liberties and, therefore, the system reviews. The humor is based on personal disabilities (deafness), excesses "sinful" (gluttony, sloth ...), confusion pious, female authoritarianism...
The script, correct and well built, proving the skill and preparation as a screenwriter Rafael Gil. Reasonable uses of time and pace, effectively mixing contrasting elements (drama and humor) and develops a dramatic progression efficient. The staging, but today seems dominated by artisanal criteria, shows a good knowledge. For the modern viewer, the dialogue is contrived, individual interventions are long and discursive and tone them is unnatural and somewhat tedious, according to the conventions of the time.
Still this good movie is recommended for moviegoers of Spanish cinema.
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