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Flamenco (1952)

Duende y misterio del flamenco (original title)
Approved | | Documentary | 21 May 1954 (USA)
Title changed to "Flamenco" when it was first released in the USA in 1954, this is a program of Spanish songs and dances with the emphasis on "flamenco" or gypsy contributions. The USA ... See full summary »


Edgar Neville


Edgar Neville (screenplay), Edgar Neville (story) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Pilar López Pilar López ... Dancer
Luz María Larraguivel Luz María Larraguivel ... Dancer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juanita Acevedo Juanita Acevedo ... dancer
Jacinto Almadén 'Niño de Almadén' Jacinto Almadén 'Niño de Almadén' ... Singer (as Almadén)
Rosarito Arriaza Rosarito Arriaza ... dancer
Badajoz Badajoz ... guitarist
Juan Belmonte Juan Belmonte ... Self
Carmen Bernal Carmen Bernal ... dancer
Merceditas Broco Merceditas Broco ... dancer
Aurelio de Cádiz Aurelio de Cádiz ... singer
Rafael de Jerez Rafael de Jerez ... guitarist
Roque de Jerez Roque de Jerez ... dancer
Bernarda de Utrera Bernarda de Utrera ... Singer
Fernanda de Utrera Fernanda de Utrera ... Singer


Title changed to "Flamenco" when it was first released in the USA in 1954, this is a program of Spanish songs and dances with the emphasis on "flamenco" or gypsy contributions. The USA version has an English narrative written by Walter Terry, the dance critic of the "New York Herald Tribune" newspaper. Heading the cast are Antonio (I), Pilar Lopez and Maria Luz, three of Spain's foremost dancers of the time, accompanied by members of the Ballet Espanol. Filmed in Cinefotocolor in which orange and blue dominated, a combination that should appeal to the fans of Auburn University athletic teams. Distributed in the USA by Martin J. Lewis. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Exciting Color With The Ballet Espanol




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historical background to this remarkable film
5 July 2015 | by p-scarletSee all my reviews

We screened this film at the San Francisco FF in 1996 with this note: "Duende, that untranslatable Spanish word rendered as "inner burning" or "restless demon" by the dictionary, is evoked more poetically by Federico García Lorca: "Duende is a power, not an act, a struggle, not a thought. I heard an old master guitarist affirm: 'Duende doesn't come from the throat; it rises within from the soles of the feet.'" The dark current of duende, this passionate lamentation rooted in the Spanish earth, is the unifying principle among the song and dance traditions gathered under the mantle of flamenco. Edgar Neville's 1952 documentary-fiction captures the great masters of these many styles in the breathtaking regional settings of their origins. The great masters of Spanish dance, song and music are immortalized against the backdrop of the Iberian landscape. The film was shot in Cinefotocolor, a then-innovative, now long-obsolete process, in hues to rival Technicolor's rich saturation. Filmoteca Española has restored this invaluable legacy, unseen and deteriorating for decades, to its original splendor. —Alicia Springer

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