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José Luis Gómez
Flamenco Film Noir, with stars in front and behind the camera
With two actors from the world of glamour, Dance-hero Joaquin Cortes and super-model Laetitia Casta (not a Miss France but Madama Marianne) you'll wonder what this film will turn out to be.
A Film Noir is nothing more than a chain of clichés which might become a string of pearls. In this case the chain is of 24 karat gold.
The cinematographer, Hans Burmann, is great with light, using it crude and clever, creative and beautiful. And the camera-movements (crane-shots; steadycam) are a delight. It gives something extra to the already beautiful locations and sets of Anton Laguna. The editing is nicely nervous and the story is thin but swift, with some nice touches. Atmosphere is everywhere and that must be the work of director Manuel Palacios.
There is a lot of music in this film (Tomatito for instance, and Rosario and many others). Too much? Well, in the culture GITANO portrays, music is a last stronghold, an anchor with perhaps a chain that's an inch too short... Beautiful & warm-blooded entertainment.
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