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Manuel Benítez 'El Cordobés' ...
Manuel Benítez
Maruja Bustos ...
Carmela
Ismael Merlo ...
Rafael Sánchez
Jesús Colomer ...
Juan Romero
Manuel Zarzo ...
Pepe Molina
Paula Martel ...
Lali
Lina Yegros ...
Sor Mariana
Elvira Quintillá ...
Ángeles
Félix Fernández ...
Jeremías
José Orjas ...
Jerónimo
Francisco Bernal ...
Hombre de la bicicleta
Jesús Puente ...
Marcos
Juan Cortés ...
Comisario
Rogelio Madrid ...
Torero en coche
José Villasante
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4 April 1963 (Mexico)  »

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Aima kai dakrya stin arena  »

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Acceptable picture about bullfighting in Spain of the sixties and dealing with the highest-paid matador in history.
6 June 2015 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

This remarkable picture concerns the rise of a known Torero , Manuel Benitez , inside and outside of the bullfighters ring . Born into poverty , reared in an orphanage , his mother died shortly after and a year later he was let out . Later on , he became a construction-worker and petty criminal, at the age of twenty-three Benítez lived in a village near Córdoba and dreamed of being a bullfighter . At the beginning of the film , he flees from his impoverished countryside origin for the broader horizons of the big city . As he tries to help his sister (Elvira Quintilla) and children . This is a good film about a young who emigrates like many others to get fame and fortune ; however , he finds exploitation and hardworking , and finally he gets his dream : to be a successful bullfighter ,thanks to a promoter or Apoderado (Ismael Merlo) . And in the city he gets help from a good family formed by father (Jose Orjas) , mother (Lina Yegros) and daughter (Bustos) , the latter falls in love for him . Significant moment in his career came on May 20, 1964, when he made his first appearance at Las Ventas, the bullring of Madrid . Watched on television by many Spaniards, the bullfight ended with the near-fatal goring of El Cordobés on the horns of the bull Impulsivo. Aftter that , El Cordobés became the greatest matador in history.

This is a biographic movie about Manuel Benitez "El Cordobés", of humble origin , managed to become one of the most famous representatives of international bullfighting and is considered to be one of the icons of the 1960s . At the same time the movie deals with Spanish-style bullfighting , it is called Corrida De Toros (literally "running of bulls") or la fiesta ("the festival"). Realist yarn talks about a young illiterate goes to big city to achieve great success as matador . Along the way he finds distresses , penury and hard as well as part-time jobs The film has great interest for fans of bullfighting because being a summary of the typical and well built screenplay upon a bullfighter who emerges from anonymity, seeking his opportunity, in ¨Becerradas¨ and rushing for spontaneous , this is a person who illegally jumps into the ring to fight the bull . Furthermore , director Pedro Lazaga attempts to reflect Spanish life of the past sixties , including social habits and special customs .

Evocative and original soundtrack by Anton Garcia Abril , including ordinary music full of bullfighting sounds . Adequate cinematography in black and white by notorious cameraman Alfredo Fraile . The motion picture was professionally directed by Pedro Lazaga . Lazaga was a Spanish craftsman who directed various film with the popular comic player Paco Martinez Soria . Pedro was a prolific director and writer, known for Los Chicos Del Preu (1967), Cuerda De Presos (1956) and María Morena (1951). He directed all kind of genres such as Peplum : Siete Espartanos , Wartime : Cuerda De Presos , Posicion Avanzada , Torrepartida , La Patrulla ; Drama : Rostro De Asesino , Otro Arbol De Guernica , but especially known for comedies in low budget such as Patrulla De Los Once , Los Tramposos , Sabian Demasiado , El Vikingo , ¡No Firmes Más Letras, Cielo! , Vente a Ligar Al Oeste , Hasta El Matrimonio Nos Separe , La Amante Perfecta , Fulanita y Sus Menganos , among others .


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