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El diputado (1978)

Unrated | | Drama | 1 November 1985 (USA)
Sex and politics collide in this tale of forbidden love, blackmail and murder. Set up by the secret police to compromise a prominent politician, a teenage hustler discovers himself ... See full summary »

Director:

Eloy de la Iglesia

Writers:

Eloy de la Iglesia (story), Gonzalo Goicoechea (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Sacristán ... Roberto Orbea (as Jose Sacristan)
María Luisa San José María Luisa San José ... Carmen (as Mª Luisa San Jose)
José Luis Alonso José Luis Alonso ... Juanito (as Jose Luis Alonso)
Enrique Vivó Enrique Vivó ... Eusebio Moreno Pastrana (as Enrique Vivo)
Agustín González ... Carrés (as Agustin Gonzalez)
Queta Claver Queta Claver ... Madre de Juanito
Ángel Pardo Ángel Pardo ... Nes (as Angel Pardo)
Juan Antonio Bardem ... Juan (as J. Antonio Bardem)
Antonio Gonzalo Antonio Gonzalo
Fernando Marín Fernando Marín ... Policía (as Fernando Marin)
Aldo Grilo Aldo Grilo ... Periodista argentino
Ramón Reparaz Ramón Reparaz ... Policía interrogador (as Ramon Reparaz)
Fabián Conde Fabián Conde ... Anfitrión de la 1ª orgía (as Fabian Conde)
Alejo Loren Alejo Loren ... Anfitrión de la 2ª orgía
Ramón Centenero Ramón Centenero ... Lector de la ficha policial (as Ramon Centenero)
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Storyline

Sex and politics collide in this tale of forbidden love, blackmail and murder. Set up by the secret police to compromise a prominent politician, a teenage hustler discovers himself passionately in love with the man he must betray. Written by Jim Stark

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El diputado See more »

Filming Locations:

Cine Carretas, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Production Co:

Figaro Films,Ufesa,Prozesa See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Black and White (still photographs)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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[after the hustler Juanito confesses that he's been attempting to frame the politician Roberto for the fascists by sleeping with him]
Juanito: Which do you consider the biggest lie?
Roberto Orbea: Not telling me you were fascist bait.
Juanito: No. It was telling you I was doing this just for the money.
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La Muralla
Performed by Ana Belén
Lyrics by Nicolás Guillén (uncredited)
Music by Quilapayún (uncredited)
Courtesy of Discos Fonogram, S.A.
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A strong tale of forbidden love in which a gay Congressman is blackmailed by a group of extreme right-wing
19 September 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

An undercover militant of a left-wing party , Roberto Orbea (José Sacristán) is elected as a Parliament member . But he is really homosexual who hires rent boys and teenage hustlers . Supposedly he falls in love with the last rent boy , Juanito Garcia (José Luis Alonso) , but the latter discovers himself passionately in love with the man he must betray . Then , Roberto starts bringing the young man into his family and the risks escalate . As his wife Carmen (María Luisa San José) to be aware and she decides she's had enough pretending not to know and they foolishly embark on a threesome . But a group of ultra right-wing run by Carrés (Agustin González) attempts to blackmail him and to compromise the prominent politician as sexually as non-sexually , by means of his young lover , getting photographed extensively by the opposition . Things go wrong when Roberto is about to be elected Secretary General and ultimately happens the discovery of scandal . At the final point the film abruptly finishes .

This is a provoking story in which politics collide with gay underworld , forbidden loves , blackmail , treason , violence and murder . Shot a bit later on the events are developed and including apparition of prestigious politicians as Adolfo Suárez , Felipe Gonzalez , Manuel Fraga Iribarne , Santiago Carrillo from the troublesome period when the known ¨Spanish Transition¨ took place . Narrated by a long flashback and voice-in-off by the same protagonist Roberto/Sacristán , though there is an excessive pamphlet tone and communist propaganda . And as trivia , to expose that Enrique Tierno Galván , President of Popular Socialist Party , PSP , had a meeting with the Communist leader Santiago Carrillo to press De La Iglesia , famous communist militant , to impede Eloy to shoot this film , due to similarity on a case happened in his own party . It displays a complex , extreme and curious screenplay by Gonzalo Goicoechea and Eloy De La Iglesia , both of them collaborated extensively on various films . Nice acting by José Sacristán as a politician who has several trysts with very young rent boys and becomes involved with nasty blackmailers . Support cast are pretty good , such as Agustin Gonzalez , Enriqué Vivó , José Manuel Cervino , and finally Queta Claver and Angel Pardo , both of whom played in ¨La Corea¨ and Pardo in the same gay role as ¨Nes¨. In addition , filmmaker Juan Antonio Bardem as a communist inmate , in fact Bardem was imprisoned during the start of filming ¨Calle Mayor¨; as student protests in Madrid , led to the arrest of Bardem, a communist, in the city of Palencia , he was jailed for a few days and released on the condition that he could not talk about his personal life or beliefs during interviews related to the film .

"Confessions of a Congressman" or "The Deputy" -International titles- was regularly directed by Eloy De La Iglesia . Most his films dealt with sex including shots of nude males , homosexuality , politics and forbidden lovers . De La Iglesia was a notorious communist militant , drug addict and homosexual , these personal characteristics were widely shown in his films . Eloy was a talented Spanish movies director , he began working in cinema in 1966 , at his 22 years old , he debuted in a kiddies production , ¨Fantasy 3¨(66) . Following a sordid melodrama ¨Algo Amargo En La Boca¨ (67) and a boxing story , ¨Cuadrilatero¨(69) . De La Iglesia realizes a lot of thrilling pictures with erotic background as ¨Techo Cristal¨(70) , ¨Nadie Oyó Gritar¨ (72) , ¨Gota Sangre Para Seguir Amando¨ (73) , and scabrous tales as ¨Juegos Amor Prohibido¨(75) , ¨Otra Alcoba¨ (76) . And concerning youthful gay : ¨Placeres Ocultos¨(76) , ¨El Sacerdote¨(78) and politicians : ¨The Deputy ¨, ¨Mujer Del Ministro¨ . Although he became notorious in the years of the Spanish transition to democracy with shocking and polemic films as ¨El Pico 1¨ and 2¨ , ¨Cólegas¨ , ¨Navajeros¨, ¨La Estanquera De Vallecas¨ (87) . All of them dealt with druggies , dope sellers , delinquency , terrorism , underworld suburban and generational problems are the habitual subjects in his films , and specially dedicated to the underworld of heroin ; as well as the gay world . Passing of time hasn't had mercy with most of those movies , but they represented a time and a way of life in the history of Spain ; and now they may seem a little bit naive . His last films were an academic rendition based on Henry James' novel : ¨The turn of the screw¨ and ¨Los Novios Búlgaros¨.


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