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Weekend (1964)

Fin de semana (original title)
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José Luis López Vázquez ... Don Alberto Durán (as José L. López Vázquez)
Antonio Ozores ... Bernardo
Manolo Gómez Bur ... Ramírez
Elvira Quintillá ... Ángela
Soledad Miranda ... Sonsoles
Ángela Bravo Ángela Bravo ... Pilar
Enrique Ávila
Ángel Ter Ángel Ter ... Luis
Venancio Muro Venancio Muro ... Tomás
José Orjas ... Don Joaquín
Jesús Puente ... Miguel
Mari Carmen Prendes ... Esposa de Fernando (as Mari C. Prendes)
Ángel de Andrés ... Fernando
Laly Soldevila Laly Soldevila ... Matilde (as Laly Soldevilla)
Luis Sánchez Polack Luis Sánchez Polack ... Guía (as Tip)
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Bésame mucho
Written by Consuelo Velázquez
Performed by Antonio Machín
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Entertaining flick about some office employees during a long weekend , his successes and failures
9 September 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is an anthology movie dealing with different characters , it starts with actor Fernando Rey as a presenter who praises the free weekend and the necessary rest . Introducing a series of roles at an office with clerks and management staff , regarding various amusing sketches . As the office chief Don Alberto Durán (José Luis López Vázquez) who attempts to get together his lover (Vicky Lagos) , but a flat flood , his wife (Laly Soldevilla) and his superior boss (Ismael Merlo) impede it . A young bellboy (Manuel Manzaneque) fakes a check-book , robbing 600 pesetas, but he feels guilt and remorses . Another office chief , Don Joaquin (Jose Orjas), spends his time playing cards along with his wife (Lola Lemos) and two old friends (Mercedes Muñoz Sampedro , Guadalupe Muñoz Sampedro) , while gossip and talking about servants . Three office clerks (Manolo Gómez Bur, Venancio Muro , Angel Ter) set out to meet girls but only find letdown and flops . While a secretary , Angela (Elvira Quintilla) , meets again an old friend Enrique (Jesús Puente) and they rekindle their old flame , as both of them fall in love while dancing , and , hearing songs sung by Antonio Machin (himself) . A handome clerk (Enrique Ávila) gets together his sweetheart (Angela Bravo) walking and then they go to the cinema to watch ¨Sangre en el rancho¨ 1957 by Jack Arnold . And Bernardo (Antonio Ozores) joins his girlfriend (cult-star Soledad Miranda) to go an excursion , along with her smaller brother (7-year-old Quique San Francisco) , but the latter annoying everywhere and Bernardo imagining his fianceé has been taken by a gorilla and he rescue her (like Walter Mitty) .

The flick packs love stories , silly incidents , funny comical sketches , tongue-in-cheek , grotesque situations and above all , it especially contains catching touches of humor and irony . Dealing with a group of interesting roles from an office attempting to enjoy weekend in anyway , some of them get hits, but most fail their attempts , and ending up boring and frustrated . Sitting in a strange middle ground between the completely absurd and the stylishly agreeable , being an agreeable comedy with very brief dramatic elements . There are some nice jokes in the film and the cast , playing eccentric characters , make a cosy fit . Being well set by that time , during the sixties when Spain was developing iself.This hilarious as well as enjoyable film is full of humor , brief drama , touching scenes , good feeling and narrating the conflict between the traditional Spanish society and modernity . It is a simple , and humorous portrait of a time when the Spain was progressing and social rights developing themselves . It's a nostalgic look and it has some great moments that reflect a Spain of the sixties : a poor country in evolution during the years when the action takes place .

It displays an evocative cinematography by Federico G. Larraya who shows splendidly the ambient by that time . Evocative as well as atmospheric soundtrack by Antón Garcia Abril , including the wonderful and classical song sung by Antonio Machin himself :¨Besame Mucho¨. The motion picture was professionally directed by Pedro Lazaga , though it has some flaws and gaps . Pedro was a technically skillful filmmaker , but with no much deepness . Lazaga was a Spanish craftsman who directed various film with the popular comic player Paco Martinez Soria . Pedro was a prolific director and writer, known for Los Chicos Del Preu (1967), Cuerda De Presos (1956) and María Morena (1951). He directed all kind of genres such as Peplum : Siete Espartanos , Wartime : Cuerda De Presos , Posicion Avanzada , Torrepartida , La Patrulla ; Drama : Rostro De Asesino , Otro Arbol De Guernica , but especially known for comedies in low budget . Director Pedro Lazaga made , during the fifties and early sixties , eight films , mostly comedies : ¨Muchachas De Azul¨, Ana Dice Si¨. ¨Luna De Verano¨, ¨Económicamente Debiles¨ , ¨Trio Damas¨ for screenwriter and producer Jose Luis Dibildos and his ¨Agata Films Productions¨. The best of all them results to be ¨Los Tramposos¨. He continued making comedies such as Patrulla De Los Once , Los Tramposos , Sabian Demasiado , El Vikingo , ¡No Firmes Más Letras, Cielo! , Vente a Ligar Al Oeste , Hasta El Matrimonio Nos Separe , La Amante Perfecta , Fulanita y Sus Menganos , among others . His most known films were with the popular comic player Paco Martinez Soria such as : Abuelo Made in Spain , Padre De La Criatura , Alegre Divorciado , Estoy Hecho Un Chaval , Vaya Par Gemelos , among others . As well as others produced by Vicente Escriba and starred by Alfredo Landa, such as : Vente a Alemania Pepe , Vente a Ligar a Oeste and No Firmes Mas Letras Cielo .


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Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

23 November 1964 (Spain) See more »

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Antares Films S.A. See more »
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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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