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Currito de la Cruz (1965)



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Complete credited cast:
Manuel Carmona
Ángel Romera 'Romerita'
El Pireo ...
Currito de la Cruz
Rocío Carmona
Don Emilio (as Marco Davo)
Adrián Ortega ...
Don Ismael
Luis Ferrín ...
Don Antonio
Madre María (as Julia G. Caba)
Doña Manuela Alonso, viuda de Varela


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1 July 1965 (Spain)  »

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A Última Tourada  »

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Good melodrama about the bullfighting world , being set during Holy Week and Ferias De Sevilla
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Last version about the known novel dealing with Toreo world , boasting a nice cast as Francisco Rabal as Manuel Carmona , Arturo Fernández as Ángel Romera 'Romerita' , José Marco Davó , El Pireo as Currito De la Cruz , and Soledad Miranda as Rocío Carmona . Melodrama , tragedy , love stories and Toreo in this third version about life of a famous bullfighter . Having been a poor orphan who grew up in the hospice cared by a fine nun (Julia Gutiérrez Caba) , the dream of Currito De la Cruz (performed by a real Torero : El Pireo) is to become a great bullfighter . Thanks to prestigious matador Manuel Carmona (Francisco Rabal) , Currito starts his career in art of bullfighting . When he finally gets the chance of fighting for the first time , it will be in the presence of Manuel Carmona . At last , Currito triumphs , as he gets to be famous , but he is apparently unrequited . Meantime , he falls in love for the daughter of Carmona , Rocio (Soledad Miranda) . But Rocio is enamored to bullfighter Angel Romera, ¨Romerita¨(the incombustible Arturo Fernández , still playing) and both of whom escape to Mexico . Later on , Rocio is abandoned and tragedies and distresses emerge . At the end , Currito and Romerita confront at a noisy plaza where takes place a tragic denouement .

This is a bullfighting drama about a notorious Torero , narrating his raise and fall , in which he will learn to overcome difficulties and penury . The big hit ¨Currito De La Cruz¨ silent version (1925) determines the successive renditions . As ¨Currito De La Cruz¨(1965) is fourth and colorful recounting thanks to the solid direction by Rafael Gil , adding an excessive melodrama , romance , and a lot of songs as Saetas , Bulerias and other Andalucian music . The picture gives a spectacular as well as religious portrayal of Sevilla with its Holy week , feasts , procession , Santa Virgen , Sevillan fair and songs : Cante Hondo , Saetas and Flamenco dancing . It is described in semi-documentary style , including : Stockbreeding of brave bulls or ¨Reses Bravas¨ , corridas , Tientas and other bullfight related traditions are shown . Regular acting by El Pireo as a poor honest boy finds patronage by a veteran to become a Torero -bullfighter- , in fact , El Pireo was a real ¨Matador¨ . At the final bullfight when Currito uses his capote , you can glimpse his real name printed on its back side . Very good acting by the veteran Francisco Rabal as a renowned bullfighter who will become Currito's protector . Support cast is pretty good , such as : Yelena Samarina , Manolo Morán , Julia Gutiérrez Caba , José Marco Davo , Ángel Álvarez , Rafael Durán , Adrian Ortega , Mercedes Vecino as a likable land-lady and special mention for Manolo Moran in one of his always sympathetic roles . Atmospheric photography in Technicolor by the Spanish classic cameraman José F Aguayo , shot on location from Madrid , Murcia , Sevilla, Andalucía and interiors in Roma studios , Madrid . Evocative musical score plenty of popular songs by Manuel Parada . The motion picture lavishly produced by Coral productions was well directed by Rafael Gil . He was one of the best filmmakers from Spanish cinema , directing several classic movies , such as : ¨Don Quijote De La Mancha¨ , ¨El Clavo¨ , ¨La Fe¨ , ¨La Señora De Fatima¨, ¨Aventuras De Juán Lucas¨, ¨La Reina Santa¨ , ¨La Guerra De Dios¨ , ¨El Beso De Judas¨ , and several others.

This novel ¨Currito De La Cruz¨ or "Currito of the Cross" has been adapted various times , such as : 1925 silent rendition by Fernando Delgado and the same author Alejandro Perez Lugin with Jesús Tordesillas , Manuel Gonzalez and Elisa Romero , José Rivero as Manuel Carmona and Antonio García 'Maravilla' ; 1936 version with Antonio Vico as Currito De la Cruz , Elisa Ruiz Romero as Rocío ; the best version was ¨Currito De la Cruz¨ (1949) by Luis Lucia with Pepin Martin Vazquez , Manuel Luna , Jorge Mistral , and Nati Mistral

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