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Writers:
Henri Castillou (novel)
Luis Buñuel (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
5 December 1959 (France) See more »
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Political Melodrama See more (6 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Gérard Philipe ... Ramón Vázquez
María Félix ... Inés Rojas (as Maria Felix)
Jean Servais ... Alejandro Gual
Miguel Ángel Ferriz ... Le gouverneur Mariano Vargas (as M.A. Soler)
Raúl Dantés ... Le lieutenant García (as Raoul Dantes)
Domingo Soler ... Le professeur Juan Cárdenas
Víctor Junco ... Indarte
Roberto Cañedo ... Le colonel Olivares
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luis Aceves Castañeda ... López - le secrétaire de Gual (uncredited)
Armando Acosta ... Manuel (uncredited)
Miguel Arenas ... (uncredited)
Edmundo Barbero ... Le procureur (uncredited)
Augusto Benedico ... Le ministre Sáenz (uncredited)
Antonio Bravo ... Le juge (uncredited)
José Chávez ... (uncredited)
Emilio Garibay ... (uncredited)
Francisco Jambrina ... (uncredited)
Carlos León ... (uncredited)
Enrique Lucero ... Vila (uncredited)
José Muñoz ... (uncredited)
Alberto Pedret ... Valle (uncredited)
Pilar Pellicer ... Pilar Cárdenas (uncredited)
Ignacio Peón ... (uncredited)
David Reynoso ... Le capitaine Real (uncredited)
Andrés Soler ... Le président Carlos Barreiro (uncredited)

Directed by
Luis Buñuel 
 
Writing credits
Henri Castillou (novel)

Luis Buñuel (adaptation) (as Luis Bunuel) &
Luis Alcoriza (adaptation) &
Charles Dorat (adaptation) &
Louis Sapin (adaptation)

Louis Sapin (dialogue)

Produced by
Jacques Bar .... producer
Raymond Borderie .... executive producer
Óscar Dancigers .... producer
Gregorio Walerstein .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Misraki 
 
Cinematography by
Gabriel Figueroa 
 
Film Editing by
Rafael Ceballos  (as Rafael Ceballos López)
James Cuenet 
 
Production Design by
Jorge Fernández (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Ana Maria Jones (uncredited)
Armando Valdés Peza (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Bertha Chiu .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Charles Borderie .... production manager
Roger Morand .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Juan Luis Buñuel .... assistant director (as Jean-Louis Bunuel)
 
Sound Department
William Robert Sivel .... sound (as W. Robert Sivel)
 
Special Effects by
Armando Stahl .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Philippe Tourret .... restoration coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ignacio Romero .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jacques Métehen .... conductor (as Jacques Metehen)
 
Other crew
Suzanne Durrenberger .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"La fièvre monte à El Pao" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
France:97 min | Mexico:109 min | Argentina:109 min | USA:97 min
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Remade as La fièvre monte à El Pao (1993) (TV)See more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Political Melodrama, 24 March 2014
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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