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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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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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Tía Rosario: [Carmelo and Candela have come to Aunt Rosario so as to get her advice on how to deal with the ghost of José who keeps tormenting Candela] I was expecting you two. There's only one thing to keep the dead from returning: FIRE!
[She points her finger forcefully at a blazing bonfire]
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Version of El amor brujo (1992) 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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Setting the record straight

Formalismo, that school of Hispanic literature that emphasizes form as function, or form over function, has little to do with Saura's EL AMOR BRUJO. This is Saura's final work in his flamenco trilogy that began with BODAS de SANGRE and includes CARMEN. As with those two films, Saura bases this cinematic ballet on a previous work, Manuel de Falla's EL AMOR BRUJO. The other two films in the trilogy were based on Lorca's BODAS de SANGRE and Merimee's and Bizet's novel and opera, CARMEN. These three classical works are not examples of formalismo. Rather, they are prime examples of both the realistic and impressionistic schools of literature which under the creative mastery of Saura become sensual re-creations of love, passion, betrayal, and death. The love stories here supercede form and attain a thematic content worthy of the great literary works they portray. The starkness of the set is for symbolic purposes and not for form nor for function. The dilapidated, dusty set represents the emptiness of the soul that has lost great love, or has been deceived by a bewitching love. The set takes on color when Candela dances the Fire Dance, and again at the end when Lucia sacrifices herself to be the eternal lover of the bewitching ghost of Jose, thus setting Candela free from his cursed memory. Saura never lets us forget the tension between reality and fiction as the dawn rises on a new day over a theatrical set free of obsessions with death and love that bewitches the lover.


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