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La vida en un bloc (1956)

Dr. Nicomedes Gutiérrez carefully points out to the last detail everything that happens in his life. Doctor in a small village, he is in love with the village teacher, but, before getting ... See full summary »


Luis Lucia
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto Closas ... Dr. Nicomedes Gutiérrez
Elisa Montés ... Gerarda - la maestra
Mary Lamar ... Olegaria / Margot
Encarna Fuentes Encarna Fuentes ... Pili
Marta Mandel Marta Mandel ... Miss Fanny
Julia Caba Alba ... Rafaela - madre de Pili
José Luis Ozores ... Pepe
Raúl Cancio ... Ernesto - amigote
Manuel Bermúdez 'Boliche' Manuel Bermúdez 'Boliche' ... Abelardo
Joaquín Roa ... Melquiades - el brigada de la Guardia Civil
José Franco ... Germán - padre de Pili
Irene Caba Alba ... María - la sirvienta
Josefina Serratosa Josefina Serratosa ... Herminia - mujer de Melquiades
José Luis López Vázquez ... Mago Roberto
Juan Vázquez Juan Vázquez ... Alcalde


Dr. Nicomedes Gutiérrez carefully points out to the last detail everything that happens in his life. Doctor in a small village, he is in love with the village teacher, but, before getting married, he decides to treat himself to having his last fling. Written by jsanchez

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1 April 1956 (Spain) See more »

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Plaza de Cibeles, Madrid, Spain See more »

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A funny and brilliant comedy about an amusing doctor with likable and enticing characterizations by a great Spanish cast
29 December 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The sympathetic Dr. Nicomedes Gutiérrez (Alberto Closas) carefully points out to the last detail everything that occurs in his existence . Doctor in a little town , he is in love with the elementary school teacher , Gerarda (Elisa Montes) , but, before getting married , he decides to get himself his last flirts . He joins a group of shameless people , a bunch of unfortunate as well as bungling friends . This beloved group of characters are the following guy s : Abelardo (Manuel Bermúdez , Boliche) , Ernesto (Raúl Cancio) and Eduardo Calvo . As Nicomededes unites a team of unlucky womanizers on their flirts with unexpected consequences . At the beginning , Nicomedes meets the beautiful singer Lupe Tovar (Maria Asquerino) ; after that , he meets Margot (Mary Lamar) ; then , Pili (Encarna Fuentes) being pursued by her family , and finally , the clairvoyant Miss Fanny (Mandel) when is harassed by her colleague , the magician Roberto (José Luis López Vázquez) . Shortly after , Nicomedes marries Gerarda but things go awry .

This is an amusing and attractive Spanish classic comedy with several fun and hilarious set pieces , social description of the fifties as well as youthful habits , lots of laughters , tongue -cheek, and many other things . The flick contains silly incidents , fun plot twists , tongue-in-cheek , grotesque situations and above all , it especially contains catching touches of humor and irony . Sitting in a strange middle ground between the completely absurd and the stylishly enjoyable . There are some nice jokes in the film and the cast , playing eccentric characters , make a cosy fit . It takes a simple concept , a group of shameless friends carry out jokes and antics with the good-looking Doctor Nicomedes/Alberto Closas as starring , in similar style to classical films of Commedia all'Italiana of the fifties .¨La Vida en un Bloc¨ is a comical and sometimes disconcerting account of a bunch of friends and a peculiar marriage from a personal , social , cultural , and hilarious as well as ironic perspective . The magnificent main cast gives sensational acting . Albert Closas is first-class as a doctor who before marrrying tries to to have his last fling . While the supporting cast is frankly excellent and plenty of familiar faces such as : Jose Luis López Vazquez as a magician , Joaquín Roa as a stiff-upper-lip Guardia Civil , José Franco , Irene Caba Alba , Julia Caba Alba , José Luis Ozores , Raúl Cancio , Angel Alvarez , Eduardo Calvo and Fernando Rey as narrator . It displays an evocative and adequate musical score by Juán Quintero and including soundtrack ¨For Elise¨composed by Ludwig Van Beethoven . Atmospheric cinematography by Cecilio Paniagua , though a perfect remastering being necessary . Paniagua is deemed to best one of the best Spanish cameramen , including national and international titles as Hija Hidegart , La querida , Adios Cordera , Posición Avanzada , 100 rifles , Count Sandorf , The Great Treasure Hunt , Custer of the West , and Treasure Island .

The motion picture was well produced Suevia Films - Cesáreo González (1956) , one of the most powerful producers of the Francoist period , and professionally directed by Luis Lucia . Luis was an advocate at law for the powerful Francoist company CIFESA that produced super-productions and often financed these false but breathtaking historical spectacles . 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 . Lucia discovered children prodigy as Marisol , Rocio Durcal , Ana Belén and Jaime Blanch .

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