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Un casto varón español (1973)

Santiago is a 40-year-old man who runs a bakery in the old town of Madrid, very close to the Plaza Mayor. One day, Santiago receives news that a stranger has left him as an inheritance the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
José Luis López Vázquez ... Santiago
Patty Shepard ... Verónica
Esperanza Roy ... Inés
Teresa Rabal ... Esther
Mirta Miller ... Norma
María Isbert ... Sirvienta
María Francés ... Doña Celia
Eduardo Calvo ... Cliente
Mara Goyanes Mara Goyanes ... Prostituta
Emilio Mellado Emilio Mellado
Saturno Cerra Saturno Cerra
Miguel del Castillo Miguel del Castillo
Alberto Fernández Alberto Fernández ... Recepcionista Hotel Universal
Javier de Rivera Javier de Rivera
Julia Lorente Julia Lorente


Santiago is a 40-year-old man who runs a bakery in the old town of Madrid, very close to the Plaza Mayor. One day, Santiago receives news that a stranger has left him as an inheritance the brothel that she had run until then in the United Kingdom. That stranger turns out to be his real mother. Written by jsanchez

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29 October 1973 (Spain) See more »

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The great Jose Luis López Vazquez as a shy man inheriting a surprising legacy : a British bordello
4 October 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Entertaining Dramedy with the awesome José Luis López Vazquez accompanied by towering actresses and including bemusing situations that happen when an upright middle-age man after the death of his mother receives an unusual legacy : a British brothel . Santiago (José Luis López Vázquez) is a timid and virgin man who lives with his adopting mummy , when he receives a sad notice : the recent death his actual mother . At the prospect of inheritance he decides to go in search of the business of his deceased mom who lived in England . Fernando arrives in a strange coastal location where is angrily received by the neighbours (Alberto Fernandez , Miguel Del Castillo , Eduardo Calvo) . After that , he discovers a surprising truth , as the inherited mansion results to be the town's bawdy brothel , with plenty of joyful girls (Esperanza Roy , Teresa Rabal , Patty Shepard , Mirta Miller as sexpots of bordello) and it has a great tradition in the region . At the beginning , a reluctant Fernando is opposed to these ominous businesses , but increasing involvement with the luscious employees and he subsequently helps to operate the bordello . Meanwhile , there appears the assortment of bad guys and ordinary clients .

Gentle entertainment about a bordello in a cold British island with a top-notch master of the performance : José Luis López Vazquez . He is a magnificent expert in the art of conjuring laughs of nothing , here Vazquez shines in this atypical but amusing Dramedy with a lot of emotion , undistinguished moments and comical attitudes , in addition a multitude of absurd situations . This is a highly desirable movie to spend 96 minutes and to watch the big Spanish name cast . Agreeable film about a virginal , shy but stiff-upper-lip man , with plenty of humor , brief drama , romance and stunning interpretations . The film relies heavily on the relationship between Fernando/José Luis López Vazquez and the sympathetic prostitutes . There takes place some amusing exchange of dialogues among them . Fun screenplay by Jaime de Armiñán and Juan Tébar , based on their original story , though clichés run through-out . The attractive story is enhanced for funny moments developed among main character along with the seducing whores and especially on the each-other relationships . The stellar cast is accompanied by some very good secondary actors , such as : María Isbert , Blaki , María Francés , Eduardo Calvo , Mara Goyanes , Saturno Cerra , Miguel del Castillo , Alberto Fernández and a brief appearance by Carmen Maura .

It also appreciates a good production design and colorful cinematography by Fernando Arribas , shot on location in Guernica (Vizcaya) , Castro Urdiales (Cantabria) and Brishan (England). Emotive as well as evocative musical score by José Nieto , considered to be one of the best Spanish musicians . Being professionally directed by Jaime De Armiñan , though with no originality . Jaime dares to lead this Dramedy with acceptable results , and offers us here an entertaining comedy without major skills , but should make it more dynamic . It's a minor and thin effort in his important cinematic career . An object of lesson by an old master filmmaker who will appeal his fans . Jaime De Armiñán was born on March 9 , 1927 in Madrid , where he often shoots his films . He is a writer and director , particularly known for Mi Querida Señorita (1972) , El Amor Del Capitán Brando (1974) , Stico (85) and Mi General (1987). Jaime Armiñan achieved several successes , such as : Jo , Papá (1975) , Al Servicio De La Mujer Española (1978) and especially El Nido (1980) and Hora Bruja (1985) at his best . Armiñan also directed great TV series as Una Gloria Nacional (1993) , Cuentos Imposibles (84) and , of course , Juncal (1989) .

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