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Los pájaros de Baden-Baden (1975)

During Summer a young woman falls in love with an older man who has a bad reputation amongst the upper crust of Madrid.


Mario Camus


Ignacio Aldecoa (novel), Mario Camus | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Spaak ... Elisa
Frédéric de Pasquale Frédéric de Pasquale ... Pablo
José Luis Alonso José Luis Alonso ... Andrés
Carlos Larrañaga ... Ricardo
Alejandro de Enciso Alejandro de Enciso ... Fernando
Antonio Iranzo ... Vicente
Cándida Losada ... Madre
Andrés Mejuto ... Tío David
Carlos Otero
Teresa del Río
Concha Cuetos ... Maritina (as Conchita Cuetos)
Carmen de la Maza Carmen de la Maza
William Layton William Layton
Eduardo Puceiro Eduardo Puceiro
José Carlos Plaza José Carlos Plaza
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Sensitive and enjoyable Mario Camus film about a peculiar love story with two appropriate protagonists
2 September 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A highly sophisticated as well as accomplished work by Mario Camus . This is a provoking but slow-moving drama concerning on a few roles who suffer the consequences of their decisions . During a hot summer in Madrid a higher-class young woman called Elisa (Catherine Spaak) falls in love with an older man named Pablo (Frédéric De Pasquale) who has a bad reputation amongst the upper crust of Madrid . Pablo is a loner , an outsider , and separated father who lives with his child named Andrés (José Luis Alonso) . Later on , Elena asks for advice about this special relationship to her understanding uncle (Andrés Mejuto). Meanwhile , there takes place jealousy and violent attitudes by her ex-boyfriend Fernando (Alejandro Enciso) .

It is a peculiar story of love with a surprising result behind , where we find acute descriptions about higher classes , some atmospheric settings as well as attractive and troublesome roles . The motion picture was compelling and professionally directed in his particular style by this great and veteran filmmaker/writer called Mario Camus , a prolific director with three decade filmography filled with great works , varying from romantic comedies , dramas and musicals to excellent renditions . Being based on a novel by Ignacio Aldecoa , also adapted in ¨Young Sánchez¨, Camus's early film . This interesting as well as intimate story is a passionate retelling and a touching drama . Intense and heart-rending drama about a deep love story that leads to tragic consequences . It is a nice adaptation from a famous novel , in fact Camus is considered to be an expert screen-writer and filmmaker of prestigious novels , as is the case of the notorious TV series ¨Fortunata Y Jacinta¨ (1980) and the film ¨La Colmena¨ (1982) or ¨The Hive¨ . Here Camus carries out a more personal style , where he tells a story closer to him that let him go through less worn themes , similarly he made ¨Con El Viento Solano¨ (1967) or ¨Los Días Del Pasado¨ (1978). The roles in this film ¨The Birds of Baden-Baden¨ are all lovable despite being rather unlucky and unfortunate characters . Gorgeous Catherine Spaak gives an acceptable acting as a beautiful young in love , though she does not reach entirely immersed in the whirlwind of passion and Frédéric de Pasquale as Pablo stands out as a humble as well as strange man who is really infatuated . Support cast is frankly excellent , with plenty of familiar faces giving brief but attractive interpretations , such as : Carlos Larrañaga , Antonio Iranzo , Cándida Losada , Andrés Mejuto , Teresa Del Río , Carlos Otero , Concha Cuetos , William Layton , and Carmen De La Maza .

Spotless pictorial as well as colorful photography by magnificent cameraman Hans Burmann , he carries out a photography with juicy atmosphere , being filmed on location in Madrid . Furthermore , a willingness almost perfect of the elements of each frame , every scene , every place . Atmospheric and moving musical score by Antón Garcia Abril composed in the seventies style . The flick was well directed by Mario Camus following his Sui-Generis style . Camus was born in Santander , Cantabria , location in which he often shoots his films . He worked with Carlos Saura in several screenplays during the early 60s as ¨Los Golfos¨ (1960), ¨ Llanto Por Un Bandido¨ (1964), and also directed some shorts . Camus shows a penchant for literary and perhaps he's the best Spanish film adapter, a fact that will be a constant in his films . His first feature films were ¨Los Farsantes¨ (1963) and ¨Young Sánchez¨ (1964), this is one of the greatest movies about boxing which won the Best Film Award at the Buenos Aires Festival . Mario has an important career with film and television adaptations quite remarkable , as he efficiently directed yarns based on notorious writers such as Perez Galdos , García Lorca , Cela Camilo José Cela and Miguel Delibes . During various decades he touched styles varying from romantic comedies and musicals with ¨Rafael¨ to splendid adaptations from famous novels , as is the case of the prestigious TV series "Fortunata y Jacinta" (1979) . In 1983 he was given the 'Medalla Oro De las Bellas Artes' (Arts Gold Medal) , and one year later he prepared his most successful work both with public and critic : ¨Los Santos Inocentes¨ (1984), an adaptation from the novel by Miguel Delibes . Mario is an expert on interesting dramas as proved in ¨ The house of Bernarda Alba¨ , ¨La Colmena¨ which won the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival , ¨The days of the past ¨ and many others . Rating : Better than average ; it's a decent film though sometimes slow-moving .

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2 May 1975 (Spain) See more »

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The Birds of Baden-Baden See more »

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Arpa, Impala See more »
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