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El último cuplé (1957)

A musical drama featuring a tragic love story. Relates a singer's rise to fame and her subsequent downfall because of the death of her lover. She manages to return to the stage only to die ... See full summary »


Juan de Orduña
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sara Montiel ... Maria Luján
Armando Calvo ... Juan Contreras
Enrique Vera Enrique Vera ... Pepe Molina
Julia Martínez ... Trini (as Julita Martínez)
Matilde Muñoz Sampedro ... Paca (as Matilde M. Sampedro)
José Moreno ... Cándido Chamorro
Laly del Amo Laly del Amo ... Luisa (as Lali del Amo)
Aurora García Alonso Aurora García Alonso ... (as Aurora Garcialonso)
Beni Moreno Beni Moreno ... Chole
Luis Orduña Luis Orduña ... (as Luis Orduna)
Erasmo Pascual ... Don Praxeres
Consuelo de Nieva ... Gloria Palacios
Miguel Fleta Miguel Fleta
Manolita Guerrero Manolita Guerrero
Antonio Alcázar Antonio Alcázar


A musical drama featuring a tragic love story. Relates a singer's rise to fame and her subsequent downfall because of the death of her lover. She manages to return to the stage only to die after her first public performance. Written by Anonymous

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1 August 1957 (Mexico) See more »

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Valencia See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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When the original script of El Ultimo Cuple was submitted to the censors, as required by law in General Franco's regime, it was rejected. The story described the Paca character as a typically aggressive stage mother pushing her daughter Maria into the morally challenged "cuple" singing career. Censors saw it as immoral behavior for a Spanish mother in Catholic Spain and they asked the writers to change the character from mother to aunt. The change was made but the censors thought it over and decided that it was also improper behavior for an aunt. The writers came up with the perfect solution by adding a two-line dialog where Maria's boyfriend tells her: "Why care about her? She is not even a blood relation of yours." To which Maria replies: "It doesn't matter. She raised me and sacrificed for me. She loves me in her own way." The censors were happy this time and approved the script. See more »


Spoofed in Corazón solitario (1973) See more »


Ven y ven
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Sarita, the songs and Eastmancolor make endurable classic!
22 March 2008 | by whatsupomarSee all my reviews

Sorry but the writers of previous commentaries in this section seem to be confusing "El Último Cuplé" with another movie or movies. One of them writes that this film "bears a resemblance to Dama de las Camelias. " The writer is probably confusing "El Último Cuplé" with another Sara Montiel vehicle titled "La Bella Lola" (1962) which is based on "Camille" the classic novel by Alexander Dumas Jr.

Another writer states that the film includes "nearly every major facet of Spanish culture" and names as examples, "main regional costumes and dances, bullfighting rituals, the devotion to the Virgin Mary and local popular Saints, women's tragic position in life dedicated to their men, etc." Except for the fact that one of the characters in "El Último Cuplé" is a bullfighter all the other claims in that commentary are simply false. "Cuplé" is not about regional costumes or dances, the Virgin Mary or saints do not show up anywhere, and the plot has nothing to do with "women's tragic position in life." If there is one thing clear in this film is that the main character, as played by Sarita Montiel, is a sexually-charged liberated woman so I have no idea where the commentator got that outrageous information.

It is tragic that some confused or irresponsible people write comments and provide misleading false data in these pages and nobody checks its accuracy. Of course, to check everything would be an impossible task for IMDb but there should be a warning to every writer that before they post anything they must be absolutely sure about the assertions being made. Maybe a proper warning should read: "do not comment on any film you have not seen in more than ten years." Regarding "El Ultimo Cuplé" my opinion is that director Juan de Orduña and the screenwriters hit the jackpot by choosing the right cuplés (songs) in order to support the film's story line. By doing this, the not so brilliant script becomes credible and moving, impacting the viewers and making this low budget production an unforgettable experience. Photographer José Aguayo should also be commended for his use of Eastmancolor and making the film look like a much more expensive production while composer Juan Solano deserves praise for writing the soundtrack music and arranging all the songs. But, lets face it: Sara Montiel's beauty and talent as both an actor and a singer makes the whole package irresistible.

"El Ultimo Cuplé" was recently digitally restored and released in DVD by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, unfortunately in Spain only. A non-restored version was issued in the United States on a cheap double-feature DVD by SlingShot Entertainment in Burbank, California and has been sold at Wal-Mart, Amazon.com and other on-line stores. Pity! "El Ultimo Cuplé" deserves a deluxe edition, restored, with surround sound and extras including English subtitles.

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