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Maria Luján
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Juan Contreras
Enrique Vera ...
Pepe Molina
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Trini (as Julita Martínez)
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Paca (as Matilde M. Sampedro)
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Cándido Chamorro
Laly del Amo ...
Luisa (as Lali del Amo)
Aurora García Alonso ...
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Beni Moreno ...
Chole
Luis Orduña ...
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Don Praxeres
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Gloria Palacios
Miguel Fleta
Manolita Guerrero
Antonio Alcázar
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A musical drama featuring a tragic love story. Relates a singer's rise to fame and her subsequent downfall because of the death of her lover. She manages to return to the stage only to die after her first public performance. Written by Anonymous

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When the original script of El Ultimo Cuple was submitted to the censors, as required by law in General Franco's regime, it was rejected. The story described the Paca character as a typically aggressive stage mother pushing her daughter Maria into the morally challenged "cuple" singing career. Censors saw it as immoral behavior for a Spanish mother in Catholic Spain and they asked the writers to change the character from mother to aunt. The change was made but the censors thought it over and decided that it was also improper behavior for an aunt. The writers came up with the perfect solution by adding a two-line dialog where Maria's boyfriend tells her: "Why care about her? She is not even a blood relation of yours." To which Maria replies: "It doesn't matter. She raised me and sacrificed for me. She loves me in her own way." The censors were happy this time and approved the script. See more »

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Referenced in Un pasota con corbata (1982) See more »

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Cruz de mayo
Written by Joaquín Valverde and Manuel Font de Anta
Performed by Carmen Flores and the Lola Flores Ballet
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The Classic Spanish Musical
11 December 1999 | by (Miami & Sao Paulo, BR) – See all my reviews

EL ULTIMO CUPLE is a must-see for any Spanish cinema buff, in fact any admirer of Spanish culture. The movie has many layers that make it a favorite in the Spanish-speaking world, and is being seen by the newer generations, as we in the U.S. see "The Wizard of Us." It is a star-studded, more accessible alternative, to the heavier Spanish "zarzuela" or operetta. First, it is about cuples, "couplets" - simple Spanish songs from popular poems. In this respect, the movie, and its soundtrack are the ultimate collection of couplets. Secondly, the plot is woven so that nearly every major facet (now known as cliche') of Spanish culture is revealed in the diverse songs, and plot twists. These include the main regional costumes and dances, bullfighting rituals, the devotion to the Virgin Mary and local popular Saints, women's tragic position in life - dedicated to their men, and various folkloric songs that are not couplets. The latter include "Valencia" (about the orange growing province), and "La Madelon" (the French WW I hymn, also sung in Spain). In third place, and I'll stop here, it is a showcase for the extraodinary talent (which includes beauty and sensuality) of the Spanish World's star of the Century: Sarita Montiel, and at her prime.


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