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Fever Mounts at El Pao (1959)
"La fièvre monte à El Pao" (original title)

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Aroused citizens assassinate an unpopular Caribbean despot, then two men vie for his gorgeous widow Ines. Ojeda is a steamy, isolated island, the penal colony for an oppressive dictatorship... See full summary »

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Ramón Vázquez
María Félix ...
Inés Rojas (as Maria Felix)
Jean Servais ...
Alejandro Gual
Miguel Ángel Ferriz ...
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Raúl Dantés ...
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Aroused citizens assassinate an unpopular Caribbean despot, then two men vie for his gorgeous widow Ines. Ojeda is a steamy, isolated island, the penal colony for an oppressive dictatorship. A reactionary seizes the murdered governor's post, and rushes to eliminate his romantic rival, an idealistic underling. The bureaucrat Vazquez hopes to marshal the angry residents of the capitol, El Pao, plus the many political prisoners, to oust Governor Gual. Written by David Stevens

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5 December 1959 (France)  »

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A Febre Sobe em El Pao  »

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Half of the credits are displayed at the beginning of the films: the first seven member of the cast, director, writers, director of photography, composer & conductor, production companies and, finally, executive producer. The closing credits display the other half (after the word "FIN"): Once again the cast list but this time the first eight actors; then the assistant director, script supervisor, unit manager, sound engineer, production manager, followed by the name of the dubbing facilities and laboratories. See more »

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Political Melodrama
24 March 2014 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the fictitious island of Ojeda, people lives a dictatorship and the island is a penal colony of forced labor with ordinary and political prisoners together. When the Governor Mariano Vargas (Miguel Ángel Ferriz) is murdered by a sniper, his idealistic secretary Ramón Vázquez (Gérard Philipe) is assigned director of security and in charge of the prison. Vázquez is in love with the widow Inés Rojas (Maria Felix) and they have a love affair. But when the new governor Alejandro Gual Miguel (Jean Servais) arrives in the island, he wants Inés to be his lover. Further he forces the killer to sign a false confession telling that Vázquez is the responsible for the attempt against the previous governor and blackmails Inés. But Inés is a female fatale that knows the political games and manipulations.

"La fièvre monte à El Pao" is a political melodrama by Buñuel based on politics instead of his famous surrealism. The theme politics was adopted by Costa-Gravas years later and Glauber Rocha probably wrote his "Terra em Transe" inspired in this movie. Inés Rojas is a femme fatale but the plot is not a film-noir, only the story of an idealistic man that joins politics in a dictatorship and finds how difficult is keep his ideals. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Os Ambiciosos" ("The Ambitious")


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