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Paulino and Carmela are husband and wife, troubadours touring the countryside during the Spanish Civil War. They are Republicans, and with their mute assistant, Gustavete, they journey into rebel territory by mistake. They are arrested, fear a firing squad, and receive a reprieve from an Italian Fascist commander who loves the theatre. He arranges a performance for his troops, bargaining with Paulino to stage a burlesque of the republic in exchange for the actors' freedom. Will the fiery and patriotic Carmela consent? Written by
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Brilliant film includes comedy and drama effectively
This film by director Carlos Saura, written by him and Rafael Azcona . Adapts to film the play "Ay, Carmela" (1986), by José Sanchis Sinisterra. Shooting outside of Madrid (Boadilla del Monte, Madrid and Talamanca Del Jarama) and Guadalajara (Cubillo De Uceda). Nominated for 15 Goya, gets 13 (film , director, actress , actor, script... ). Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez.
Brilliant film includes comedy and drama effectively. Stresses that the correct interpretation of Pajares, Maura and Diego, parts of comedy (well done) and the end, totally unexpected, as critic. Moreover, the pace of the film is flexible , which should be no problem for the viewer, and you can enjoy a good movie , not wanting it to end. 13 winning film Goya Awards in 1991, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. This booklet reveals that we are talking about a great movie, and for me, it is.
Not much more to say , since the film flies by, and his story is very simple and does not result in seconds interpretations , but recommend this film shows that the film brings jewelry Spanish film world.
The action takes place in the years of the Civil War , on both sides of the front. "Carmela" (Carmen Maura) and "Paulino " (Andrés Pajares) are business actors in a modest street theater company and varieties. Survive entertaining Republican troops at the front. Addressing Valencia in search of better luck , a mistake leaving them in the domestic area.
The short film genres drama, war and tragedy comedy combination of humor and tragedy. "Carmela", 39 years, married for the Court to "Paulino", a Republican of conviction , has a big heart and her greatest desire is to get married in white and in the Church. "Paulino" adapts to any environment, guided by his instinct for survival. "Gustavete" (Gabino Diego), mute after a bombing, helps them in auxiliary tasks .
The work proposes reminisce of the two warring sides at war (1936-39 ) with the serenity that provide the intervening years, humor and tolerance. The vision of the two sides, the Italian contingent , tics shared by Republicans and Spanish nationals ( hobby collective noise, the bustle, red wine...) explain that coexistence is necessary and possible. Condemns war, capital punishment, summary executions, detentions without guarantees and arbitrariness of non-controlled power, retaliation for ideological reasons, fanaticism on both sides. Military leaders (Lister and Franco ) and is committed to the supremacy of the civil power and the latter subject to military administration and disadvantages are considered inappropriate . The work invites peace and the exercise of democracy. Use of voice in "off" is done.
Music, Alejandro Masso, includes an original score of 13 cuts, passionate , holidays and descriptive. Popular songs are added as "Suspiros De España", "Mi Jaca", "Al Uruguay", "Si Supieran". The cut "Ay, Carmela" introduces the film and the main theme of it is removed. Photography by Jose Luis Alcaine, recreates the murky spaces versatility successful school - prison, the joyful atmosphere of the Republican theater, oppressive atmosphere of the Polish stage and discipline of the stalls of national soldiers. The script combines verbal and visual humor. The interpretation of Carmen Maura , away from their usual roles, demonstrating solvency, naturalness and delivery.
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