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Sin un adiós (1970)

Raphael, once again, plays a popular singer who must go on a 3 day publicity trip with one of his teenage fans, played by the very young Leslie Anne Down who was 17 at the time this film was made.


Vicente Escrivá


Vicente Escrivá (screenplay), Vicente Escrivá (story)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raphael ... Mario Leiva
Lesley-Anne Down ... Marta Greidy (as Lesley Anne Down)
Antonio Pica ... Daniel - mánager de Mario
Elena María Tejeiro Elena María Tejeiro ... Eva
Mabel Karr ... Miss Eveline
Cándida Losada
Nélida Quiroga Nélida Quiroga
María Rivas ... (as María de las Rivas)
Yelena Samarina ... Enfermera
Maite Tojar Maite Tojar
José Bastida José Bastida
Andrés Resino
Paloma Juanes Paloma Juanes
Alberto Crespo Alberto Crespo
María Luisa Tovar María Luisa Tovar


Raphael, once again, plays a popular singer who must go on a 3 day publicity trip with one of his teenage fans, played by the very young Leslie Anne Down who was 17 at the time this film was made.

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17 September 1970 (Spain) See more »

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Rafael recital proving his singing skills , powerful voice and theatrical gestures
9 April 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Rafael vehicle as a famous singer and playing a lot of songs, being professionally directed by Vicente Escrivá . The film deals with a young singer, Mario Leiva , who performing songs in theatres has got a great fame and fortune. Rafael rises to fame, becoming a prominent pop star and performs a large and successful tour across Spain and all around the world . When a British young girl wins a cigarette contest she is gifted a tour with the super-famous singer Mario/Rafael along the marvelous island of Majorca . When the beautiful girl is given a peculiar gift , Raphael must go on a 3 day publicity trip with one of his adolescent fans, she is lively played by a very young newcomer : Leslie Anne Down who was 17 at the time this movie was released . As Rafael and his sweet companion walk throughout several locations from Majorca , showing wonderful sightseeing : beaches , mountains , grottos , and Valdemosa where there is an enjoyable recreation of the notorious couple there actually lived : musician Chopin and his sweetheart writer George Sand . Shortly after , Mario/Rafael falls deeply in love for the gorgeous girl ; but then Raphael manager's : Antonio Pica , meddles the lovely affair and things go awry .

A loving melodrama with a peculiar romance in which a popular singer falls in love with a young girl , in similar style to¨Love story ¨by Arthur Hiller and ¨Cuando Tu No Estás¨ by Mario Camus . This ¨Sin un adiós¨ results to be the 6th film starring Spanish singer Raphael and here he shows his great singing skills , including spectacular choreography and breathtaking musical numbers . Stars Rafael, and once again plays a popular singer performing a great number of songs . He was born in Linares 1942 , as a consequence, he is nicknamed both "El Ruiseñor de Linares" ("Nightingale of Linares") and "El Divo de Linares" ("The Divo from Linares") but is also known as "El Niño". His family moved to Madrid when he was nine months old, and he started singing when he was just three years-old. He joined a children's choir at age four. When he was 9, he was recognized as the best child voice in Europe at a contest in Salzburg, Austria . Raphael adopted his own peculiar singing style from the beginning ; he is known for acting each one of his songs while on stage , emphasizing his gestures with high dramatic effect. It is not unusual for Raphael to ad lib lyrics as to localize a song depending on the venue he's singing at, wear Latin American peasant costumes and dance folk dances within a song , kicking and demolishing a mirror , or doing the moves of a flamenco dancer or a bullfighter onstage . He also possesses a wide vocal range, which he often used in the beginning of his career as to evoke a choirboy approach to some songs . At his beginnings he goes Madrid where participates in broadcasting contests and after in Festival Benidorm where gets a big hit, from now on, he plays songs all around the world. In 1966 and 1967 he represented Spain at the XII and XIII Eurovision Song Contest in Luxembourg, singing "Yo soy aquél" and Vienna, "Hablemos del amor" and placing both 7th and 6th position, although he did not win. It was the first time that Spain obtained a high place in the competition. This served as a turning point in Raphael's career, making him an international star. He traveled and performed worldwide in Europe, Latin America , Puerto Rico, the United States, Russia and Japan. Songs such as "Yo soy aquel" (his signature song), "Cuando tú no estás", "Mi gran noche", "Digan lo que digan", "Tema de amor", "Estuve enamorado" ,¨Balada triste de una trompeta¨which Raphael does in clown face in the film ¨Sin un adiós¨ and "Desde aquel día" cemented his status as a major international singing star. As Raphael became a success in Latin America, he made a habit of recording Latin American folk standards including "Huapango torero", "Sandunga" and "Llorona"; they were hits in Mexico. He even appeared live on The Ed Sullivan Show with great success. He performed very famous songs all over the world , such as : Escandalo, Tamborilero , Noche de paz , Blanca Navidad , Como yo te amo , and many others . He married aristocrat, journalist and writer Natalia Figueroa, in Venice (Italy) on 14 July 1972 and they have three children . Raphael's health faced a major setback in 2003, when his liver started failing due to a latent bout with Hepatitis B ; he recovered successfully after a transplant . Nowadays , he goes on performing with big hits . Currently he carries out international tours that take him to Peru, Colombia, USA (Miami, New Jersey and New York's Carnegie Hall), The Dominican Republic , Puerto Rico and other South American countries . Rafael was directed by notorious filmmakers as Vicente Escrivá in El Golfo, Sin un adios, El angel and Javier Aguirre in Volver a nacer . His last film was in 1975 directed by Antonio Isasi Isasmendi, a documentary titled ¨Rafael en Rafael¨ . In ¨Sin un adiós¨ Rafael is well accompanied by a fine support cast , such as : Elena María Tejeiro , Mabel Karr , Cándida Losada , Perla Cristal , Andrés Resino , Yelena Samarina and Antonio Pica as a mean manager who interferes into the feeling love story .

It packs a nice score with catching songs , and attractive soundtrack composed by Waldo de los Rios . Rafael , dressed in clown clothes , performs popular songs as ¨Balada triste de una trompeta¨, in which to be born a subsequent film : ¨A Sad Trumpet Ballad¨ (210) by Alex de la Iglesia and ¨His is my life¨ usually sung by Shirley Bassey that here Rafael sings very badly in English language . And an atmospheric cinematography by Raúl Pérez Cubero , though a perfect remasterization being really necessary, that 's why the film copy is worn-out. The motion picture was well directed by Vicente Escrivá and the third Raphael film made by this commercial filmmaker , though in slow-moving . He directed Rafael in 3 films : El Golfo , El angel , Sin un adiós , as well as Mario Camus who directed him in three movies : Al ponerse el sol , Digan lo que digan y Cuando tu no estas . Vicente Escrivá was a writer , producer and director , known for successful films throughout a long career with hits as Balarrasa (1951) , Sor Intrépida (1952) , Un Traje Blanco (1956) , Montoyas and Tarantos (1989) , 3 films starred by Rafael : El Angel , El Golfo , Sin un adiós , and 3 starred by Maria Rosario Omaggio : Visanteta Estáte Quieta , El Virgo De Visanteta and La Lozana Andaluza . He also made some TV series such as : Lleno Por Favor , Manos a La Obra , Farmacia De Guardia , and Réquiem En Granada at his best . Rating : 6/10 , acceptable and passable Rafael movie .

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