In the Madrid of the 19th century a young man plays roulette. A mysterious character helps him by pointing with his walking stick the next number where the ball is going to fall. The ...
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Sergei M. Eisenstein
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Fernando Fernán Gómez,
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Luis García Berlanga
In the Madrid of the 19th century a young man plays roulette. A mysterious character helps him by pointing with his walking stick the next number where the ball is going to fall. The protagonist is the only one able to see him. The mysterious man turn out to be the ghost of an archaelogist and ask the young man to defend his daughter from a gang of hunchbacks. Written by
Miguel A. Andrade <email@example.com>
In the old Madrid of the late nineteenth century, the enigmatic specter of "Dr. Mantua" (Felix de Pomes), reveals the young "Basilio" (Antonio Casal), the existence of an underground city that is home to dozens of accidents hunchbacks dedicated criminal activity. "Basilio" find the tower of the seven hunchbacks, whose interior remains, kidnapped and hypnotized "Inés" (Isable on Pomes), niece of the Dr.Mantua.
Edgar Neville, plus remarkable playwright, demonstrated in several films, as here, his extraordinary gifts as director.
In "La Torre de los siete jorobados," the plot is constantly maintained. No tape is to cover meter to justify the payment of an entry, as in so many movies of Karloff and Lugosi. Herein lays a story line always interesting. Even the work is so well assembled that all the inconsistencies of the script seem made on purpose, so that at any time it occurs to us to break the tacit agreement that believe everything he says. The director has succeeded, then, the hardest, showing his mastery.
Moreover, the film continually displays an amazing mood, close to the surreal, that gets old. There are details that come and Carrere's novel, and invents others Neville. For anthologies is that scene in which, in full emergence of the specter of "Robinson of Mantua" before bed "Beltran", is entered by mistake the spirit of Napoleon, to which the medium upstairs. Both spectra are presented each other and, when leaving the room, struggling to show each more polite: Sequence is memorable casino, or the dinners with "Medusa Beauty" and her mother. An imaginative and epic humorous vein chains almost without interruption events occurring all along the movie.
The plot unfolds at a dismal history of Spain. Is the change of centuries, when the last of the Philippines and the War of Africa. It just happened the wrong side of 98. People wearing filthy clothes and gets into the taverns to dance the "Chotis" and hear the bad singers while drunk
The interpretation is adorable. The naive credulity of "Inés" (Isabel de Pomes) is splendid in her face, the innocent confusion of "Beltran" finds its counterpoint in the actor Antonio Casal you do want, a hunchback Guillermo Marín shows the most hypocritical and ambiguous his face ... and "Robinson of Mantua" (Felix de Pomes), achieves an extraordinary performance, This film deserves a better fate, and advances over the years by leaps and bounds since its discreet position, and end up standing in a prominent place among the great anthology of fantastic cinema. I do not take too long to become an icon of our fantasy films. Perhaps it is already.
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