Over the years, the life of the disproportionate family of Carlos Alonso has undergone several changes: the birth of little María, the sixteenth child, coincided with the death of the ...
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Over the years, the life of the disproportionate family of Carlos Alonso has undergone several changes: the birth of little María, the sixteenth child, coincided with the death of the mother, who left behind her an irreparable gap. The grandfather has also died. The pastry godfather has been married, and the boys have been growing rapidly.Written by
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Charming and agreeable follow-up with usual ingredients : moralism , sentimentality and good feeling
Sentimental Spanish classy with solid narrative and skillfully edited , dealing with a sympathetic family formed by two understanding parents and their fifteen children . It deals with a fine rigger, working in full-time, called Carlos Alonso : Alberto Closas, his wife Mercedes : Amparo Soler Leal, and their fifteen children : Pedro Mari Sanchez, Maribel Martin , Jaime Blanch ,... Subsequently, there takes place various incidents , first romances and sad events : deaths of mummy and grandfather . The numerous children are of diverse ages living in Madrid , in which the life of the disproportionated family has undergone various happenings and distresses , as the birth a new baby , the sixteenth, coinciding the death of the mummy, (here Amparo Soler Leal turned down the role , as she is deceased by giving birth sixteen child) , who left behind an irreparable sadness , as well as the grandfather has also dead.. and depend exclusively on Carlos work as a moonlighting rigger , he is the sole breadwinner, which puts them in constant financial trouble . Through various events , we are told of everyday family life that has undergone several turns . They also have the generous support of Juan (José Luis López Vázquez) the godfather, baker by profession . This pastry godfather has been married to Elena Maria Tejeiro , and the boys have been growing quickly . Through numerous events we watch the enjoyable life of this attractive and lovely family , in spite of Carlos eventually makes discussion with relatives and arguments with his children . Along the way Carlos has relations with a beautiful Mexican woman (Rosanna Yanni) in La Coruña , Galicia , and with the good-looking secretary (Julia Gutierrez Caba) . At the end it takes place an agreeable surprise .
A well paced film , being its structure similar to Italian comedy sketches with different intermingled episodes . There are several stories all around , including first loving , dances , wedding , the eldest daughter who marries and has a baby , among others . While the rigger widower Carlos defends himself to Patricia : Soledad Miranda who ussually crashes with him and she then falls in love for his architect son who wins an international contest to build a church in Brasilia and other stories , as we are told of everyday family life . And especially the birth of little María , the sixteenth child, coincided with the death of the mother, who left behind her an irreparable pain as well as the grandfather has also died. Alberto Closas gives a nice acting as the hard-working moonlighting rigger who lives for his extense family and he even gets his first grandson . He follows really enamored his wife Mercedes who played by Amparo Soler Leal , but unfortunately , she passed away . Along with a lot of children performed by charming newcomers , and some of them to be continued a long career . Support cast is frankly fine , with plenty of all Spanish secondary actors as José Luis López Vázquez, Carlos Piñar ,Chonette Laurent , Jaime Blanch ,Margot Cottens , Rosanna Yanni , Elena María Tejeiro , Elisa Ramírez , Maribel Martin , José Franco , Tomás Picó , Erasmo Pascual , Jesus Guzmán , Manuel Arbo , Santiago Ontañón , Mircha Carven and , of course , brief interpretations as guest stars from Rafaela Aparicio as a demanding maid and José Sacristán as a bad student .
It contains a diverting screenplay from notorious writers as Rafael J. Salvia, Pedro Masó, Antonio Vich , and Vicente Coello . And atmospheric and evocative musical score by Adolfo Waitzman. As well as an evocative cinematography in black and white by Juan Mariné . Being shot on location in Torre de Hércules lighthouse, A Coruña, Galicia, and Madrid . The motion picture was professionally directed by Fernando Palacios, being well and solidly paced , though inferior to previous installment . This picture won prizes as National Syndicate of Spectacle, Spain 1965 , Winner Prize of the National Syndicate of Spectacle : Best Film , Best Screenplay : Pedro Masó , Rafael J. Salvia , Antonio Vich , Vicente Coello . Director Fernando Palacios was a good filmmaker who directed some decent comedies such as : ¨El dia de enamorados¨, ¨Juanito¨, ¨Tres de la Cruz Roja¨, ¨Vuelve San Valentin¨, ¨Marisol rumbo a Rio¨, ¨Operacion embajada¨, ¨Buscame esa chica¨, ¨La gran familia¨, ¨ La familia y uno más¨, and ¨Whisky y Vodka¨.
This ¨Pedro Maso's Great family trilogy¨ is formed by ¨La gran Familia¨ 1962 by Fernando Palacios with Alberto Closas , Amparo Soler Leal , José Isbert , María José Alfonso , Mercedes Alonso , Carlos Piñar , Chonette Laurent ,Jaime Blanch , Mircha Carven , all of them live with the likeable grandfather giving a generous support , the great José Isbert, and usual home appearance by Juan, the good godfather : José Luis López Vázquez , and in which takes place missing Chencho that causes a deep gap and an extreme searching for streets, Madrid Plaza Mayor, and broadcasting by radio and TV, too. Followed by ¨La familia y uno mas or The family plus one¨ 1965, the big hit of La Gran Familia causes this also successful sequel . And , subsequently , a lousy third installment, a nostalgic and really moralist follow-up : ¨La familia bien gracias¨ 1979 directed by the former producer , and screenwriter Pedro Masó , with script by prestigious Rafael Azcona , and full of flashbacks and stock-footage from former films . Here Masó carries out an attempt to turn over the deep morality of the first and second outings . Rating : 6/10 . Acceptable and passable .
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