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Sonatas (1959)

"Ugly, Catholic and sentimental", Javier de Montenegro is best known for the noble title he holds: that of Marqués de Bradomín. Rid of dying on the gallows thanks to Captain Casares, ... See full summary »

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Juan Antonio Bardem, Juan de la Cabada (Mexican segment) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
María Félix ... La Niña Chole
Francisco Rabal ... Marqués Javier de Bradomín
Aurora Bautista ... Concha
Fernando Rey ... Capitán Casares
Carlos Rivas ... Juan Guzmán
Ignacio López Tarso ... Jefe de guerrilleros
Carlos Casaravilla ... Conde de Brandeso
David Reynoso ... Teniente Elizondo
Nela Conjiu Nela Conjiu ... Joven loca
Manuel Alexandre ... Teniente Andrade
Ada Carrasco ... Nana
José Torvay ... Segundo sargento
Matilde Muñoz Sampedro ... Candelaria
Rafael Bardem ... Juan Manuel Montenegro
Enrique Lucero ... Militar prisionero
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"Ugly, Catholic and sentimental", Javier de Montenegro is best known for the noble title he holds: that of Marqués de Bradomín. Rid of dying on the gallows thanks to Captain Casares, Bradomín helps him, in return, to flee to Mexico. Then, Bradomín retakes his old passion of youth towards Concha, married now with the Count of Bradesco. Six years later, Bradomín, now a gambler in Mexico, seduces the beautiful Niña Chole, lover of General Bermúdez, who heads the fight against the revolutionary troops in whose ranks is Captain Casares. Written by jsanchez

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Big budget and colorful film based on the notorious books "Sonata de Otoño" and "Sonata de Estío" by Ramón del Valle-Inclán
1 December 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

First film by J.A. Bardem for his production company UNINCI , it is a Mexican/Spanish co-production , being the Mexican producer Manuel Barbachano Ponce . It is a frustrated attempt to bring to life the particular world of the prestigious writer Ramón Maria Del Valle Inclán , being heavily cut by Francoist censorship . Based on his ¨Sonata De Otoño¨ and ¨Sonata De Estio¨. Starred by Marqués De Bradomín , a fictitious personage inspired by general Carlista Carlos Calderón and also deemed to be «alter ego» of the Galician writer , taking the known myth Don Juan ​. Sonatas by Valle-Inclán was publicized in 1902 (Sonata De Otoño), 1903 (Sonata De Verano), 1904 (Sonata De Primavera) y 1905 (Sonata De Invierno) and considered to be of the best 100 Spanish novels . The first episode in set in Galicia , 1824 (though Valle Inclán set many years later , during Carlistas wars) , as Marquis Bradomin (Francisco Rabal) becomes involved into a political conspiracy , as he meets Capitán Casares (Fernando Rey) pursued by ¨100.000 Hijos De San Luis¨ led by Conde De Brandeso (Carlos Casaravilla) , both of whom are doublé-crossed and chased . Later on , Bradomin along with his sick lover Concha (Aurora Bautista) attempt to flee to Mexico , but she dies . Second part is set 6 years later , in Mexico , 1830 , under tyrannical government of Bustamante , and tells the troublesome love story between Bradomin and La Niña Chole . There Bradomin attempts to retrieve his inherited lands and the Mayorazgo of his ancestors . Then , he is imprisoned at a rigid prison , there some inmates try to getaway but they are betrayed and massacred . Shortly after , Bradomin meets the mysterious Niña Chole (Maria Felix) and falls for her , and both of whom help escape a revolutionary (Carlos Rivas) . After that , Bradomin joins the brave Guerrileros against the ruthless general Bermúdez .

An intense drama in which there are extreme cuts with deficient shooting , and large intervention by censorship as well as production problems resulted in a regular flick . An attractive but uneven film that suffered several cuts and with miscasting , as an inappropriate Aurora Bautista who replaced at last minute to Lucia Bosé . A failed and regular work by the great filmmaker Juan Antonio Bardem . Written by two known anti-Franco writers and J.A. Bardem himself , Bardem wants to adapt ¨Tirano Banderas¨ by Valle Inclan but the Mexican producer advised him to film this ¨Sonatas¨ due to Bardem's former problems that had shooting ¨La Venganza¨¨ starred by Carmen Sevilla , Raf Vallone and Francisco Rabal . ¨Sonatas¨ first was shot in Mexico participating exiled people and the second part in Spain , it was a flop at box office , both , Spain and Mexico ; in fact , producers were bankrupt . Grat main cast as Francisco Rabal , Maria Felix , Fernando Rey ; all of them give good interpretations . Support cast is frankly magnificent , plenty of nice actors , as Spanish as Mexican , such as : Manuel Alexandre , Carlos Casaravilla , Matilde Muñoz Sampedro , Rafael Bardem , José María Prada , Xan Das Bolas , Mario Berriatúa , Manuel Arbó , Carlos Rivas , Enrique Lucero and Ignacio López Tarso .

Glimmer and brilliant cinematography by two greatest cameramen : the Mexican Gabriel Figueroa , and the Spanish Cecilio Paniagua . Evocative original musical score , including popular songs , by Luis Hernández Bretón and Isidro B. Maiztegui . Pretty good production design by the fine designer Francisco Canet , shot on location in Galicia, and Mexico : Atotonilco, Guanajuato, El Tajin , Poza Rica, Veracruz , San Miguel De Allende , Guanajuato , and Tepotzotlán , Mexico City , Distrito Federal , as well as Studios : Churibusco studios , Mexico and Cea studios , Madrid . The motion picture was regularly directed by J.A. Bardem . It won 1959 Prize of the National Syndicate of Spectacle Best Cinematography Cecilio Paniagua and Venice Film Festival 1959 Nominated Golden Lion Juan Antonio Bardem .


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Country:

Spain | Mexico

Language:

Spanish | Gallegan | Nahuatl

Release Date:

1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las aventuras del marqués de Bradomin See more »

Filming Locations:

Atotonilco, Guanajuato, Mexico See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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