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Fever Mounts at El Pao (1959)

La fièvre monte à El Pao (original title)
Aroused citizens assassinate an unpopular Caribbean despot, then two men vie for his gorgeous widow Ines. Ojeda is a steamy, isolated island, the penal colony for an oppressive dictatorship... See full summary »

Director:

Luis Buñuel

Writers:

Henri Castillou (novel), Luis Buñuel (adaptation) (as Luis Bunuel) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gérard Philipe ... Ramón Vázquez
María Félix ... Inés Rojas (as Maria Felix)
Jean Servais ... Alejandro Gual
Miguel Ángel Ferriz ... Le gouverneur Mariano Vargas (as M.A. Soler)
Raúl Dantés Raúl Dantés ... Le lieutenant García (as Raoul Dantes)
Domingo Soler ... Le professeur Juan Cárdenas
Víctor Junco ... Indarte
Roberto Cañedo ... Le colonel Olivares
Andrés Soler Andrés Soler ... Le président Carlos Barreiro
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Storyline

Aroused citizens assassinate an unpopular Caribbean despot, then two men vie for his gorgeous widow Ines. Ojeda is a steamy, isolated island, the penal colony for an oppressive dictatorship. A reactionary seizes the murdered governor's post, and rushes to eliminate his romantic rival, an idealistic underling. The bureaucrat Vazquez hopes to marshal the angry residents of the capitol, El Pao, plus the many political prisoners, to oust Governor Gual. Written by David Stevens

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Drama

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Country:

France | Mexico

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

5 December 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Febre Sobe em El Pao See more »

Filming Locations:

Tetecala, Morelos, Mexico See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Half of the credits are displayed at the beginning of the films: the first seven member of the cast, director, writers, director of photography, composer & conductor, production companies and, finally, executive producer. The closing credits display the other half (after the word "FIN"): Once again the cast list but this time the first eight actors; then the assistant director, script supervisor, unit manager, sound engineer, production manager, followed by the name of the dubbing facilities and laboratories. See more »

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Remade as La fièvre monte à El Pao (1993) See more »

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Political games in El pao.
6 October 2001 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

For a director like Luis Bunuel,this is a holding pattern movie.Bunuel is neither Costa Gavras nor Alan J Pakula and his political plot falls short of its goal.What's definitely lacking here is madness,the surrealism,almost present at least in one sequence,dear to the great Spanish artist.His art becomes ineffective when it deals with pure drama.The irony seems tamed,subdued.Maria Felix's part is sometimes some kind of Maupassant's "Boule de suif" (a character from the nineteenth century),sometimes some kind of thirties Marlene Dietrich (Sternberg's "dishonored").In a nutshell,originality is not this character's forte.Gerard Philipe (sadly,soon to die from cancer)is miscast and ill-at -ease ,in his part of "intellectual trying to sweeten the dictature".Nevertheless,he ended his career with something more commendable than the disastrous Vadim's "les liaisons dangereuses".

Coming after "Nazarin" "la mort en ce jardin" or "cela s'appelle l'aurore",and preceding such masterworks as "Viridiana" "Belle de Jour" or "Tristana", this fever is not so hot.


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