When the young woman Tristana's mother dies, she is entrusted to the guardianship of the well-respected though old Don Lope. Don Lope is well-liked and well-known because of his honorable ... See full summary »
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 ... See full summary »
Isabel de Pomés,
In rural Spain, sister of an ex con convinces him to take revenge against the local who tipped off the authorities about the man's whereabouts, which led to his subsequent arrest. Unfortunately, she soon falls in love with the snitch.
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,
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 »
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,
Madrid in the 1870s. Amidst political intrigues against King Amadeo de Saboya, wealthy and strong-willed countess Curra de Albornoz makes her own way in spite of his son and husband, ... See full summary »
His director's only film, Vida en Sombras tells the story of a man who from his childhood falls in love with cinema and grows to be a director and cameraman. While struggling to make ... See full summary »
Lorenzo Llobet Gracia
Fernando Fernán Gómez,
María Dolores Pradera,
Isabel de Pomés
A rural magistrate tries to solve the mystery of a man's death that turns to murder in the light of new events, while searching for his lost love, a beautiful and enigmatic woman who suddenly disappeared.
London, 1605. William Shakespeare is about to launch a new drama in The Globe. The comic actor Yorick urges the author to grant him the lead role, although he is not very gifted for serious... See full summary »
Juan de Orduña
Classic Spanish movie about the historical love story between Juana La Loca and Felipe Hermoso
Historical and acceptable film dealing with jealousy , passions , treason and political intrigues . This is the historic tale with a politic fight behind , concerning a deep love story who transformed Juana , Queen of Spain , into Juana "The mad" , the nutty queen . Juana (Aurora Bautista) is married off by her pious parents , the two famous Catholic kings : intelligent Fernando of Aragon and sensible Isabella of Castille , to ally Spain , united by their marriage, to the Burgundian and other Habsburg heritage of archduke Maximilian and Maria's son Philip (Fernando Rey , who many years later , he would star French Connection) . As in 1496, Juana De Castilla, daughter of the Catholic Kings, travels to Flandes to marry the Archduke Felipe De Austria, known as 'El Hermoso' or The Handsome . When they meet, it's love at first sight, for her all-consuming , for him one of many happy bed partnerships as she later figures out . Juana becomes queen of Spain when her mother and her older brothers die in 1504 . As early deaths in her family soon make Juana Isabella's heir , but Ferdinand suggests she inherited her grandmother's craziness and supports Philip's ambition to govern instead , which take place the politic intrigues in the kingdom and then multiple drama is inevitable . Combined with Philip's relentless infidelity , which includes a gorgeous Moorish woman named Aldara (Sara Montiel, one of the Spanish-speaking world's biggest stars) , and other lovers as the things go awry when Juana uncovers his treason . Some nobles (Manuel Luna , Eduardo Fajardo , Jesus Tordesillas) support Philip's ambition to rule instead , which becomes the stakes of political maneuvering in the Cortes ; while the queen is helped by an Almirante (Juan Espantaleon) and by Captain Alvar (Jorge Mistral) , the latter a young officer under orders of Gonzalo Fernandez De Cordoba , ¨El Gran Capitan¨ who had achieved in Italy notorious battles as Ceriñola and Garillano . As mental health Juana starts getting worse and Felipe makes the Burgos Court , nobility-dominated parliament , declare the incurable insanity of Juana and confines her in the monastery of Las Huelgas, proclaiming himself as the king . Finally , Juana is locked at a convent in the city of Tordesillas , Valladolid .
¨Locura De Amor¨ deals with Juana "The mad" , concerning a peculiar story of love , lies and jealousy with a political confrontation behind . This interesting as well as intimate story is a passionate retelling and a touching drama . Carlos Blanco writes the script along with the prestigious Jose Maria Peman , based on a story by Manuel Tamayo Baus and being filmed in usual style of the forties and in stylistic scholarship , without leaving a trace the historical issues , in terms of dramatic and narrative excitement . Average acting by main star , Aurora Bautista , she gives an excessively theatrical acting . Nice main cast as well as support cast : Manuel Luna , Jesus Tordesillas , Juan Espantaleon , Felix Fernandez , Conrado San Martin , all of them play similarly to stage actors ; as the influence of the theater in players results to be extreme and embarrassing . Original and evocative music by Juan Quintero , Juan De Orduña's ordinary . The settings are passable though mostly made in ¨Carton-Piedra (stone)¨ as well as matte-painting . The palaces and castles are a right manner to show the life style of those days along with the gowns , royal activities , aristocracy , the Middle Age way of life and mentality of those days . Adequate clothing , costumes and set design , including the actual castle of the Mota . Mediocre cinematography in black and white by Jose F. Aguayo , he carries out a photography with juicy atmosphere , but a perfect remastering being necessary because of the copy of the film is worn-out . Cameraman Jose Aguayo is deemed to be one of the best classic Spanish photographers with a long and prestigious artistic career .
The motion picture was lavishly produced by CIFESA , the most known production company during Francoist period , that often financed these false but breathtaking historical spectacles . Being regularly directed by Juan De Orduña in his particular style . Orduña debuting on camera in 1924 with "The House of Troy , and forming his own company shortly thereafter . Although Juan de Orduña is best known for his work in director, not be neglected juvenile stage actor. With director Florian Rey formed the production company "Goya Films" . He adapted to cinema famous novels such as Zalacaín El Aventurero , Cañas Y Barro , El Frente De Los Suspiros , Nobleza Baturra , Lola Se Va a Los Huertos , being especially known for his historical renditions such as Teresa De Jesus , Alba De América , La Leona De Castilla , Agustina De Aragón and Locura De Amor . His most successful picture was El Ultimo Cuple with Sara Montiel .
Other retelling about this known story based on the play by Manuel Tamayo Y Baus are the followings : A silent version (1909) by Ricardo Baños ; a comical rendition titled ¨Juana La Loca De Vez En Cuando¨ by Jose Ramon Larraz with Lola Flores as Reina Isabel I 'La Católica' , Beatriz Elorrieta as Infanta Doña Juana De Castilla , Jaime Morey as Felipe 'El Hermoso' , Manolo Gómez Bur as Cardenal Cisneros and Quique Camoiras as Fray Tomás Torquemada and ¨Juana La Loca¨(2001) by Vicente Aranda in which Pilar Lopez De Ayala won several awards , giving a powerful and portentous interpretation as Juana , Daniele Liotti as Felipe , Rosana Pastor , Giuliano Gemma , Roberto Álvarez and Eloy Azorín.
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