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Currito de la Cruz (1949)

A poor honest boy finds patronage by a veteran to become a torero (bullfighter). After his raise and fall he will learn to overcome difficulties. Corridas, tientas and other bullfight related traditions are shown. Played by a real torero.

Director:

Luis Lucia

Writers:

Alejandro Pérez Lugín (novel) (as Alejandro Pérez Lujín), Antonio Abad Ojuel (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pepín Martín Vázquez ... Currito de la Cruz
Jorge Mistral ... Ángel Romera 'Romerita'
Manuel Luna ... Manuel Carmona
Nati Mistral ... Rocío Carmona
Tony Leblanc ... Miguel Silverio 'Gazuza'
Juan Espantaleón ... Don Ismael
Félix Fernández ... Joaquín González 'Copita'
Amparo Martí ... Sor María
Francisco Bernal ... Banderillero de Romerita
Eloísa Muro ... Teresa
Arturo Marín ... Marqués
Rosario Royo Rosario Royo ... Manuela
Manuel Requena ... El Gordo
María Isbert ... Margaret (as Maruja Isbert)
José Prada ... Doctor
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Storyline

Having been a poor orphan who grew up in the hospice, the dream of Currito de la Cruz is to become a bullfighter. When he finally gets the chance of fighting for the first time, it will be in the presence of Manuel Carmona, a renowned bullfighter who will become his protector. In addition he falls in love for the daughter of Carmona and, although Currito gets to be famous, he is apparently unrequited. Written by jsanchez

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Drama

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

16 April 1949 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida de Um Toureiro See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Pepín Martín Vázquez was a real torero. At the final bullfight when Currito uses his capote, you can glimpse his real name ("Pepín Vázquez") printed on its back side. See more »

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Remake of Currito de la Cruz (1926) See more »

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Melodrama , tragedy , love stories and Toreo in this third version about life of a famous bullfighter
3 June 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Good drama about the bullfighting world , being set during Holy Week and Ferias De Sevilla . Having been a poor orphan who grew up in the hospice , the dream of Currito De la Cruz (performed by a real Torero : Pepin Martin Vazquez) is to become a great bullfighter . Thanks to prestigious matador Manuel Carmona (Manuel Luna) , Pepín starts his career in art of bullfighting . When he finally gets the chance of fighting for the first time , it will be in the presence of Manuel Carmona . At last, Currito triumphs , as Currito gets to be famous , but he is apparently unrequited . Meantime , he falls in love for the daughter of Carmona , Rocio (Nati Mistral who sings five songs) . But Nati is enamored to bullfighter Angel Romera, ¨Romerita¨(the notorious -and early deceased by suicide- Latin lover Jorge Mistral who sings one song) and both of whom escape to Mexico . Later on , Rocio is abandoned and tragedies and distresses emerge . At the end , Currito and Romerita confront at Ventas plaza (Madrid) where takes place a tragic denouement .

This is a biopic about a known Torero , Pepín Martin Vázquez , narrating his raise and fall , in which he will learn to overcome difficulties and penury . The big hit ¨Currito De La Cruz¨ silent version (1925) determines the successive renditions . As ¨Currito De La Cruz¨(1949) is third and best recounting thanks to the solid direction by Luis Lucia , adding an excessive melodrama , romance , and a lot of songs as Coplas , Bulerias and other Andalucian music . It is described in semi-documentary style , including : Stockbreeding of brave bulls or ¨Reses Bravas¨ , corridas , Tientas and other bullfight related traditions are shown . Regular acting by Pepin Martin Vázquez as a poor honest boy finds patronage by a veteran to become a Torero -bullfighter- , in fact , Pepín Martín Vázquez was a real Torero . At the final bullfight when Currito uses his capote, you can glimpse his real name ("Pepín Vázquez") printed on its back side . Very good acting by the veteran Manuel Luna as a renowned bullfighter who will become Currito's protector . Support cast is pretty good , such as Juan Espantaleón , Félix Fernández , Arturo Marin , Eduardo Fajardo , Maria Isbert as a likable foreign woman and special mention for Tony Leblanc in one of his first comical roles . Atmospheric photography in black and white by the Spanish classic cameraman José F Aguayo . Evocative musical score plenty of popular songs by Juan Quintero . The motion picture was well directed by Luis Lucia . He was an advocate at law for the powerful production company Cifesa . His film debut was ¨13-13¨ and subsequently ¨Hombre De Negocios¨, two average ¨comedies . Later on , he directed two dated historical dramas : ¨Princesa De Ursinos¨ and ¨Jeromin¨ . And he made various Folkloric films for Juanita Reina : ¨Lóla La Piconera¨ , ¨Gloria Mairena¨ , Carmen Sevilla : ¨Hermana De San Sulpicio¨ , Lola Flores : ¨Morena Clara¨ , Antonio Molina : ¨Esta Voz Es Una Mina¨ , among others .

This novel ¨Currito De La Cruz¨ or "Currito of the Cross" has been adapted various times , such as : 1925 silent rendition by Fernando Delgado and the same author Alejandro Perez Lugin with Jesús Tordesillas , Manuel Gonzalez and Elisa Romero ; 1936 version with Antonio Vico as Currito De la Cruz , Elisa Ruiz Romero as Rocío , José Rivero as Manuel Carmona and Antonio García 'Maravilla' and 1965 Color retelling by Rafael Gil with Francisco Rabal as Manuel Carmona , Arturo Fernández as Ángel Romera 'Romerita' , El Pireo as Currito De la Cruz , José Marco Davó and Soledad Miranda as Rocío Carmona


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