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Adiós, cigüeña, adiós (1971)

Arturo, who has just turned 15, is in love with 13-year-old Paloma. In a moment of passion at a ski lodge while on a field trip to the mountains with their schoolmates, he gets her pregnant... See full summary »


Manuel Summers


Antonio de Lara (screenplay), Antonio de Lara (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
María Isabel Álvarez María Isabel Álvarez ... Paloma (as Maria Isabel Alvarez)
Francisco Villa Francisco Villa ... Arturo
Curro Martín Summers Curro Martín Summers ... Curro (as Currito Martín)
Beatriz Galbó Beatriz Galbó ... Mamen (as Beatriz Galbo)
Joaquín Goma Joaquín Goma ... Niño (as Joaquin Goma)
María Rosa Torrico María Rosa Torrico ... Niña (as Maria Rosa Torrico)
Alicia Peramó Alicia Peramó ... Niña (as Alicia Peramo)
Luis A. de la Peña Luis A. de la Peña ... Niño
Felipe Anaya Felipe Anaya ... Niño
Mari Carmen Heras Mari Carmen Heras ... Niña (as Mary Carmen Heras)
José Rodríguez José Rodríguez ... Niño (as Jose Rodriguez)
Cecilio Muñoz Cecilio Muñoz ... Niño
Mercedes Borqué Mercedes Borqué
Alfredo Santacruz Alfredo Santacruz ... Padre de Arturo
Juan Bautista Ximénez Juan Bautista Ximénez


Arturo, who has just turned 15, is in love with 13-year-old Paloma. In a moment of passion at a ski lodge while on a field trip to the mountains with their schoolmates, he gets her pregnant. Afraid of what may happen to them if their strict (but somewhat inattentive) parents or any of the rather straight-laced teachers at their Catholic school find out about the baby, Arturo and Paloma turn to their young friends and relatives for help instead. This proves to be something of a coming-of-age for everyone involved as they try to help the young couple get married, conceal the pregnancy from their parents, and prepare for the birth. The many adventures they have while doing this, while often amusing, help drive home to them that the old wives' tale about storks bringing babies is just a myth (hence the title), and pregnancy and childbirth are actually very serious matters. Written by Rorschach

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Release Date:

19 April 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Addio cicogna addio See more »

Filming Locations:

Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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In the French dubbed version, the girl's age is 14. See more »

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"If what I write about the generation of men shocks the impure people, they should accuse themselves of their impurity and not of my words". Saint Augustine See more »


Referenced in Torremolinos 73 (2003) See more »


Hallelujah, in D major
Taken from "Messiah" (Part II)
Composed by George Frederick Handel
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Attractive and sensitive coming-of-age story dealing with a young romance with unexpected consequences
3 August 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Spanish ¨Cult movie¨ dealing with an agreeable and fun love story stunningly directed by Manuel Summers . A pair of lovely adolescents go to a ski lodge in Navacerrada station , while on a field trip to the mountains with their schoolmates they escape and in a moment of passion they make love , then , she gets her pregnant. And they afraid of what may happen to them if their stiff parents or any of the rather straight-laced teachers at their Catholic schools , as he attends at Colegio San Francisco de Sales and she at a Nun school . While Arturo and Paloma asking for help their young friends about the baby . Then , it happens several amusing adventures as well as misfortunes while doing this, until the surprising birth .

Nice children movie with plenty of zooms , humor , romance , light drama , social habits and concerning about complex issues as pregnancy and childbirth . This is not the typical comedy by that time , here there is a brief social denounce about the repression and excessive religion during Franco dictatorship . The film has a certain religious tone , children to study at Religious schools , a stage representation of Christmas , ordinary presence of priests and nuns , and Aleluya's chorus by Haendel . This enjoyable flick is crammed with comedy , jokes and good feeling . Here there is especially comedy , humor , satire and social customs ; dealing with Arturo, who has just turned 15, is in love with 13-year-old Paloma and she gets pregnant . Problems emerge for everyone involved , as they attempt to help the young couple get married, conceal the pregnancy from their somewhat inattentive parents, and prepare for the birth. Then , the likeable children , well played but dubbed by professionals , realizing the beautiful story about ¨storks bringing babies¨ is just a myth, a simple tale of old witches . It belongs to a Spanish period called ¨New Spanish cinema¨ of the 60s and early 70s directed by students of the ¨Official Academy of Cine¨ or Escuela Oficial De Cinematografia . These films contained good stories that were beset by difficulties with the censors caused by a relentless critical to Catholic religion , sour urban or rural conventionality and extreme religious practices . It has an interesting as well as funny script by Manuel Summers himself and the prestigious Tono , based on their own childhood experiences , as there appears their Madrid houses , school , streets , personal games and Tebeos or comic books . This film packs an atmospheric and evocative cinematography by two of the best Spanish cameramen : Luis Cuadrado and Teo Escamilla , both of whom photographed splendidlly Madrid : Rastro , Park El Retiro , Museo del Prado and the spectacular streets . And atmospheric musical score and full of ordinary sounds of the sixties and seventies by Antonio Pérez Olea , adding traditional music , popular songs and modern music .

The motion picture was well produced by Antonio Cuevas and compellingly directed by Manuel Summers who shot approx. 12 films about enamored teens . As it was successfully premiered , ¨"Adios cigüeña adiós" got awesome critics and had big hit at the Spanish box office as Spain as South America . It won several awards in Festivals , as Circle of cinematographic writers National Syndicate of Spectacle, Spain 1971 : Winner Special Award Best Film . Being followed by an inferior sequel : ¨El niño es nuestro¨ with similar artistic and technician team . Manuel was a comic books humorist who publicized in ¨Pueblo¨ diary and on magazines as ¨Hermano Lobo¨and ¨La Codorniz¨. He was a comedian actor and an acceptable filmmaker . He realized a lot of films including social critical which tended not to be very well received by the censor . Summers made an important diptych : ¨Del Rosa Al Amarillo¨ (63) , "From Pink to Yellow" with Pedro Diaz Del Corral , Cristina Galbo , as Manuel created two episodes about love stories between teenagers and elderly people and ¨La Niña De Luto¨ starred by Alfredo Landa and Maria José Alfonso (1964) . Following to Summers's first film was made a third episode dealt with a young romance , but it was adapted on another movie , ¨La Niña De Luto¨ or ¨The girl in mourning¨ that pays tribute to previous picture . His successful first film ¨Del Rosa Al Amarillo¨ was followed by personal works wasted by excessive jokes as ¨El Juego De La Oca¨(65) . His first films were well considered in the ¨New Spanish Cinema¨ of the sixties and Summers was deemed to be the great hope of the Spaniard cinematic ; however , being subsequently frustrated . Summers was really interested in juvenile love stories and extreme humor . In his early and best first films , Summers developed sour critics to selfish villagers and repressed characters , coerced by social conventionalism , gossip and hypocrisy . He had a big flop titled ¨Juguetes Rotos¨ (66) . Summers , then , made two typical Spanish comedies with Alfredo Landa : ¨No Somos De Piedra¨(67) and ¨Porque Te Engaña Tu Marido¨ (68) . He , subsequently , directed teenager films as ¨Adiós Ciqueña Adios¨ (71) , ¨El Niño Es Nuestro¨(73) that achieved big hit and some of them are censored as ¨Ya Soy Mujer¨(75) , ¨Mi Primer Pecado¨ and ¨Me Hace Falta Un Bigote¨ , also concerning about romances among boys during the post-war in Madrid . His last works are mediocre , making fake documentary , such as : ¨To er Mundo e Gueno ¨ , ¨To Er Mundo E Mejo¨ , ¨To Er Mundo E Demasiao¨ and ¨Biblia En Pasta¨ (85) . He finishes his career directing his son David Summers , a known singer leader of the band ¨Hombres G¨ in commercial titles as ¨Sufre Mamon¨(87) ,¨and ¨Sueltate El Pelo¨(88)

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