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The little boy has a beautiful voice. I've seen the movie when I was a child. I can't forget it. I always want this movie on video but I can't find it.
It is to state the obvious to write that Joselito Jimenez's musical
melodramas were the reflection of the ideology of FRanco's
dictatorship.However there's something fascinating when you see this
little kid,some kind of Spanish Shirley Temple ...His date of birth
COULD NOT be 1943 ,as an IMDb user wrote in his biography (check
it),cause JJ would have been 14 when he made "Saeta del ruisenor" and
it's obvious he was not 14 ! (and I do not even mention the voice
changes ).JJ was certainly born in 1947,as his personal site testifies.
First Joselito movie shot in color (and his second one) ,religion is somewhat less present (in the first part) than in his previous effort. The young wiz kid portrays a naughty boy and the first sequences oddly resemble Louis Pergaud's "La Guerre des Boutons" .But when the young blind girl appears ,it's mushy melodrama all over again.
Joselito sings every five minutes;they make the first excuse they can think of for introducing his songs: with the young blind girlie ,during a talent show -we hardly see the other contenders-, with an echo in the mountains, during the Holy Week..
For religion gets the lion's share in the second part.The director films the Holy Week celebrations in lavish details and these sequences give the movie its touristic look ,as the precedent user wrote.
Another cliché of this kind of melodrama is the wealthy American (represented by a grumpy (show)businessman and his daughter -"when he says "no" ,he agrees!").The American dream -which would come true for Joselito in real life :he was the Ed Sullivan show's guest -is a permanent feature of the time.At least, these rich tourists make the village stand together .They can't do anything for themselves?Oh no!
When I was a kid, in the early sixties, Joselito Jiminez was
big star in French Canada. Some older people never forget
I remember that this movie was at the Madelon cinema house
my hometown when it burned. We kids, at school, have fun
about Joselito with the burning voice ! Now, I'm much older
I had a second grade university degree in history, and
subject was the French Canadian distributor France-Film,
was a very very conservative company. In the fifties and
sixties, that was France-Film who made Joselito a star
Quebec. After seeing this film, I know why! This is a very
conservative movie! We had to know that in Spain, by that
time, dictator Franco was looking very closely to every point of what's goin' on in his country. Movies had to reflect his conservative and dictatorial regime. So, this movie reflects really that. See the big presence of Catholic religion propaganda, the naive melodrama, the sense of the family and the touristic look of the landscapes of Spain. Quebec, in the fifties and early sixties, was exactly in this same way: very catholic and conservative. So, I now really understand why Joselito was a star back then! Today, this movie really looks awful, but we can also enjoy it as a representation of the Spain of Franco.
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