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Joyful as well as sad Spanish comedy/drama movie , splendidly realized in Neorealism style
This is a sensitive story proceeded in simplicity and delicacy by Ladislao Vadja . Second film in the trilogy with the child Pablito Calvo and directed by the Hungarian Vadja for Chamartin Production Company ; resulting to be among the best of Spanish cinema . Jacinto (Antonio Vico) is a bullfighter long ago withdrawn , who lives with his small niece . The little boy named "Pepote" (Pablito Calvo) has lost his parents and become a pure and simple heart . Jacinto receives a letter reminding that needs to be submitted in a bullfight that is next to celebrate . Meanwhile , Jacinto and Pepotte share their time collecting cigars butts in the vicinity of the Bullring of "Las Ventas" . There Peppote watches the cartel in which is announced the following bullfight where appears his uncle Jacinto , when actually is a Charlotada , including clowns .
Interesting drama/comedy (Dramedy) dealing with Madrid habits , bullfighting , uncle-nephew relationship and many other things . It turns out be an awesome film , likeness to masterpieces ¨The Bait¨ and ¨Marcelino Bread and Wine¨ ; and even superior to ¨An Angel over Brooklyn¨. This an enjoyable and feeling movie full of mirth , humor touches and agreeable message based on a story and screenplay by Andrés Laszlo who also wrote ¨Paco el Seguro¨ . At the same time the film gives us an ample panorama about Madrid life , its pity and goodness ; furthermore, showing the citizens , men at work , swindlers , thieves , rascals and various situations happen in this big city . The scenarios in which develops the deeds are perfectly designed , a Madrid in the 1950 where lived all kinds of pickpockets , street vendors , counterfeiters , waifs and a host of roles that are cropping out in the movie . The main role "Jacinto" is played by Antonio Vico in a phenomenal manner , can be said that the same is perfectly adequate to his measure . ¨Pepote¨ his nephew , is masterfully acted by Pablito Calvo . Right developing resides on superb characters well performed by all casting and the sympathy , simplicity of Pablito Calvo . There appears notorious secondary actors , acting to perfection , such as José Isbert, this is one of the major actors in the Spanish cinema , Rafael Bardem , Jose Calvo , humorists as Miguel Gila and Luis Sanchez Pollack and Italian players as Paolo Stoppa and Walter Chiari . Special appearance by prestigious Spanish secondaries who also participated in ¨Marcelino Bread and Wine¨ such as Juan Calvo , Mariano Azaña, Adriano Dominguez , Jose Marco Davo .
Musical score by Roland Vlad responds appropriately to the ambient , originating a careful atmosphere . Precious and luminous cinematography by Enrich Guerner (Vadja's ordinary) who gives us an accurate scenario of the times is developed . Guerner or Heinrich Gärtner was a magnificent cameraman , and similarly to Ladislao Vadja with the arrival of the Nazis and with his Jewish origin, he went in Spain in 1933 ; that's where he worked for the rest of his life and even took the Spanish nationality . He became there a very influential cinematographer and trained many of the Spanish cinematographers who worked with him as assistant cameramen like José F. Aguayo . The motion picture was excellently directed by Ladislao Vadja , born in Hungary, he's author of sensational movies , such as 'The Bait', and 'Cord of prisoners', and three with Pablito Calvo: 'An Angel over Brooklyn'(along with Peter Ustinov) and 'Uncle Jacinto' . The filmmaker Ladislao Vadja succeeds in this picture , obtaining a great achievement , managing perfectly to the performers and taking advantage of them , giving the best of his acting . In my opinion this is one of the best films to come out of Europe in the decade of the 50s . The picture touched the hearts of numerous spectators around the world . Rating : Above average for its worthwhile mingle of drama , comedy , sentimentalism and good feeling .
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