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Los cuervos (1961)

Don Carlos, a wealthy tycoon of the industry, suffers from a serious heart injury that means that he has three months to live. From that moment on the banks will deny him credits and his ... See full summary »

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Julio Coll
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arturo Fernández ... César
George Rigaud ... Don Carlos
Ana María Noé Ana María Noé ... Berta (as Ana Mª Noé)
Rosenda Monteros ... Laura
Rafael Durán ... Don Andrés
Santiago Rivero ... Miembro del consejo
Beni Deus ... Miembro del consejo (as Beny Deus)
José María Caffarel ... Miembro del consejo
Vicente Soler Vicente Soler ... Miembro del consejo
Paco Morán Paco Morán ... Dr. Kranich (as Francisco Morán)
María Amparo Soto María Amparo Soto ... Secretaria de Don Carlos
Rafael Navarro Rafael Navarro ... Gil
Víctor Bayo Víctor Bayo ... Mecánico
Pedro Rodríguez de Quevedo Pedro Rodríguez de Quevedo ... Antonio (as P. Rodríguez de Quevedo)
Leandro Vizcaíno Leandro Vizcaíno
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Don Carlos, a wealthy tycoon of the industry, suffers from a serious heart injury that means that he has three months to live. From that moment on the banks will deny him credits and his closest associates will start a race to take over all his companies. César, the secretary of don Carlos, tells him that there is a German doctor dedicated to making heart transplants that could help him. Don Carlos spends much of his fortune in organizing everything and, once operated, discovers that he has been cheated deceived by César who, taking advantage of his convalescence, has seized the heart of his daughter and eighty percent of the actions of the business. Written by jsanchez

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Spain

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Spanish | German

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22 September 1961 (Spain) See more »

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Juro Films, P.C. See more »
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Interesting and provoking Julio Coll film , plenty of ruthless and ambitious characters
13 September 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Don Carlos (Jorge Rigaud) is a powerful businessman who has three months of life for a heart stroke and from that moment on the National Banks will deny him credits . His assistant and secretary is Cesar (Arturo Fernández) who tells him that there is a German professional named Dr. Kranik (Francisco or Paco Morán) dedicated to undergoing heart transplants that could help him . While , Cesar has seized the heart of Don Carlos' daughter (Rosanda Monteros) who subsequently will find out a dark secret . As Don Carlos wants to spend his fortune into a clandestine surgical operation . Meantime , the management staff (Rafael Durán , Santiago Rivero , Vicente Soler , José María Caffarel) attempt to rule over the rich enterprise .

Thought-provoking Julio Coll movie meshing Film Noir , with melodrama and Sci-Fi , too ; though without outstanding none of them . This is an enjoyable film full of betrayals , cheating , deceiving , thrills , twists , turns , crosses and double-crosses . The film describes ambition and corruption of mean magnates and businessmen , including an egoistic mistress , Berta/Ana Maria Noé , the ruthless Don Cesar/Jorge Rigaud and his closest associates who will start a race to take over all his companies and the actions of the business attempting to take advantage of his convalescence . Decent acting by Jorge Rigaud as Don Carlos, a wealthy tycoon of the industry who has a serious heart injury that means he has three months to live and subsequently spending much of his fortune in organizing everything . Top-drawing acting all around . Nice performance from Arturo César, as the secretary of don Carlos , a dark character with sinister intentions , including vengeance and justice . Support cast is frankly excellent such as : Rafael Durán , José Maria Caffarel , Santiago Rivero , Beni Deus , Paco Morán and Ana Maria Noé . Here stands out the initial credit titles with images of crows as intelligent metaphor , identifying these animals , scavengers birds , with the ambitious characters throughout the film to get success , power and revenge . Special mention for the jazzy score by José Solá and atmospheric cinematography in black and white by Francisco Marin . The flick has relation to the popular films directed by Frank Capra , in which was a sour criticism on capitalism , economic exploitation and speculation , such as : ¨American madness¨(1932) , ¨You can't take with you¨(1938) and ¨It's a wonderful life¨(1946) .

The motion picture was professionally directed by Julio Coll . It won Fotogramas De Plata 1963 Best Spanish Movie Performer : Arturo Fernández . Coll had a long career , being expert on ¨Noir film¨ , he started collaborating in more than 30 scripts , as the classic ¨Apartado De Correos 1001¨(50) by Julio Salvador . His best works were at the beginning his career as ¨Nunca Es Demasiado Tarde¨ , ¨Carcel De Cristal¨, ¨Un Vaso De Whisky¨ and ¨Los Cuervos¨ in which there is social drama , intriguing elements and solid dramatic narrative . In 1958 he created the production company ¨Juro Film¨ with whom he writes , produces and directs his films as ¨Distrito Quinto¨(1958) . As he shoots ¨La Cuarta Ventana¨ (61) , ¨Ensayo General De La Muerte¨ and ¨Los Muertos No Perdonan¨ (63) . Julio , subsequently , made international co-productions as ¨Fuego¨ with Barry Sullivan , ¨Comando De Asesinos¨ with Peter Van Eyck , ¨Persecución Hasta Valencia¨ with Tom Tryon and the historical ¨La Araucana¨ with Elsa Martinelli and based on Luis De Camoens book until his death at 73.


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