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El amor brujo (1986)

PG | | Music, Drama | 23 December 1986 (USA)
In a Gypsy village, the fathers of Candela and José promise their children to each other. Years later, the unfaithful José marries Candela but while defending his lover Lucía in a brawl, he... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Carmelo
Cristina Hoyos ...
Candela
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Lucía
Juan Antonio Jiménez ...
José (as Juan Antonio Jimenez)
Emma Penella ...
Tía Rosario
La Polaca ...
Pastora
Gómez de Jerez ...
El Lobo / Cantaor (as Gomez de Jerez)
Enrique Ortega ...
Padre de José
Diego Pantoja ...
Padre de Candela
Giovana ...
Rocío
Maria Campano ...
(as Mari Campano)
Candy Román ...
Chulo (as Candy Roman)
Enrique Pantoja
Manolo Sevilla ...
Cantaor
Antonio Solera ...
Guitarrista
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Storyline

In a Gypsy village, the fathers of Candela and José promise their children to each other. Years later, the unfaithful José marries Candela but while defending his lover Lucía in a brawl, he is stabbed to death. Carmelo, who secretly loves Candela since he was a boy, is arrested while helping José and unfairly sent to prison. Four years later he is released and declares his love for Candela. However, the woman is cursed by a bewitched love and every night she goes to the place where José died to dance with his ghost. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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23 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carlos Saura Dance Trilogy, Part 3: El Amor Brujo  »

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Candela: [Under the spell of the ghost of her dead husband José] He's calling me. But I don't want to go! He's chasing me. I'm too weak. What can I do?
Carmelo: Calm down. Calm down.
Candela: What can I do, Carmelo?
Carmelo: Let's leave this place.
Candela: And go where?
Carmelo: Anywhere far from here.
Candela: He'll follow us everywhere, to the ends of the earth... What can I do?
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Connections

Follows Carmen (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

El amor brujo
Music by Manuel de Falla
Lyrics by Gregorio Martínez Sierra
Performed by Rocío Jurado and Orquesta Nacional de España
Conducted by Jesús López Cobos
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Form, function and flamenco
23 December 2000 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

Formalismo is an integral part of both Hispanic culture and gypsy/flamenco culture. It is inherent in this dance-drama within a movie. You must willingly suspend disbelief in the realistic sets set on an obvious dance stage with scrimmed and lighted backdrops. Likewise to accept the plot, you must suspend disbelief in phantom lovers, duels for honor, and happy-ever-after endings -- although be forwarned that the ending of this Bewitched Love (a better translation than the usual "Love, the Magician", altho' there are at least three other ways to interpret the ambiguous Spanish title words) can be understood only as a comedy, or comedie noire. The action, singing and dancing are compressed into the lines of flamenco dances as tightly as pure emotion can be condensed into a sonnet, or any other strict form, and yet they transcend with the freedom of the gypsy spirit, if you but open yourself to the experience. The first of Saura's great dance movies.


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