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La venganza (1958)

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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.

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Carmen Sevilla ...
Andrea Díaz
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Luis 'El Torcido'
Jorge Mistral ...
Juan Díaz
José Prada ...
Santiago 'El Viejo'
Manuel Alexandre ...
Pablo 'El Tinorio'
Manuel Peiró ...
Maxi 'El Chico'
Conchita Bautista ...
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José Marco Davó ...
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Rafael Bardem ...
Médico
Maria Zanoli ...
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Xan das Bolas ...
Segador gallego
Rufino Inglés ...
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Ángel Álvarez ...
Amo 2
Goyo Lebrero ...
Tonto
José Riesgo ...
Hombre 2
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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.

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Romeo and Juliet in the plains of La Mancha.
16 February 2013 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

"La Venganza" is the Spanish film that holds the honor of being the first who represented us at the Oscars. In 1958, in a period of General Franco, when our country was rejected by the international community because of the dictatorship, the Spanish film industry was engaged in a cinema obsessed internal consumption in enhancing values and promote thoroughbred manners Internally, friendly comedies or stories full of moral lesson.

The nomination in 1958 for "La Venganza" was a surprise and an injection of optimism to lift the timid spirits in Spain and a push for the film reduced the country trying to distance himself from customs film without other problems beyond the difficulty to find a boyfriend or girlfriend shindig with the melodies of the singers of fashion as a reference of the "problems" of the characters.

Of that other film directors counter that encouraged as Berlanga, Nieves Conde, or own Juan Antonio Bardem, born "La Venganza". Juan Antonio Bardem was a much admired and respected manager in the world after making "Muerte de un ciclista" 1955 and "Calle Mayor" 1956, two of the most important works of Spanish cinema, speaking of a country very different from what who strove to teach the official Spanish Cinema.

"La venganza" had many problems before the end of the shoot. For starters, censorship crippled the original script, eliminating any political or social connotations of it and leaving it in a simple problem of fighting and clan feuds, when what is actually counted was the eternal clash of two social classes represented in the tragic love of a man and a woman belonging to feuding sides.

It is the recurring theme of "Romeo and Juliet" moved to the plains of La Mancha, in rural areas during the summer campaign of wheat harvesting. To get an idea of the problems with censorship, after officials approved the final assembly (after major cuts in the film) the distributor was forced to rename. The original title was "Los Segadores". But the censors, they found inadmissible because, they thought it was a reference to the Catalan anthem.

In Spain, in addition to the Oscar nomination, the film had another very special incentive managed to attract wide attention from the public. The famous Andalusian folk Carmen Sevilla is released with a dramatic character, away from the castanets and ruffles that looked much panache. And it composed, nicely indeed, her first dramatic role regardless of combs and snails in the front. In the cast, acted stars great fame as Raff Vallone (Italy had a discrete co), Jorge Mistral, Francisco Rabal, Fernando Rey, Conchita Bautista, Manuel Alexandre ...

The Oscar that year went to France. Jacques Tati was won with "Mon Oncle", but "La Venganza" opened the gap to future films of our nationality. Keep in mind that were years in which the country did not send Hollywood the movie they wanted, but they were the members of the Academy who chose direct the film from each country, after seeing what they thought was most important.


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