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El extraño viaje (1964)

| Comedy, Crime | 1964 (Spain)
Paquita and her brother Venancio, both single and childish, live in a small town near Madrid. Their bossy eldest sister Ignacia, also an old maid, dominates them. One night, Paquita hears ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Larrañaga ...
Fernando
Tota Alba ...
Ignacia Vidal
Lina Canalejas ...
Beatriz López
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Paquita Vidal
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Venancio Vidal
Luis Marín ...
Pepe
María Luisa Ponte ...
Doña Teresa (as Mª Luisa Ponte)
Joaquín Roa ...
Graciliano
Xan das Bolas ...
Cosme
Goyo Lebrero ...
Félix
Emilio Santiago
Luis Domínguez Luna
Rafael Alcántara
Cayetano Torregrosa
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Paquita and her brother Venancio, both single and childish, live in a small town near Madrid. Their bossy eldest sister Ignacia, also an old maid, dominates them. One night, Paquita hears her sister tell somebody about her intention to sell all the family wealth. Once the money is gathered, she wishes to travel to Paris with the mysterious person and get rid of her brother and sister. Paquita and Venancio are terrified... Written by Babalú

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El crimen de Mazarrón  »

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Voted seventh best Spanish film by professionals and critics in 1996 Spanish cinema centenary. See more »

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Village People
13 August 2016 | by (Crystal Palace) – See all my reviews

It's a wonder that this very black comedy got past Franco's censors in the first place. On it's first appearance it received only a very limited release, but has since enjoyed considerable acclaim. Based on the notorious unsolved death of two brothers found dead on a beach in Mazarrón in 1956, in the film they have become brother and sister; a pair of moon-faced simpletons completely under the thumb of their terrifying big sister Ignacia. The setting is a small coastal town in which old women in black shawls cluck with disapproval at swinging young sixties chicks in leopardskin slacks; while Ignacia presides over a Gothic old house deliberately reminiscent of the Bates mansion in 'Psycho'.

Described by Pedro Almodóvar as an "accursed masterpiece", the film's director Fernando Fernán Gómez (1921-2007) was best known in Spain as an actor, and featured in Almodóvar's 'All About My Mother' (1999). After Ignacia discovers passion she undergoes a startling visual transformation from the housekeeper in 'The Cat and the Canary' into a dead ringer for one of Almodóvar's short-skirted, big-haired cougars of the eighties and nineties.

As if the film wasn't already weird enough, her downtrodden brother Venancio is played by international sleazemeister Jesús Franco, who although he often played small parts in his own films, here makes an extremely rare appearance in a substantial acting role in a 'respectable' film.


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