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The Cuenca Crime (1980)

El crimen de Cuenca (original title)
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Two friends from a small village in Cuenca, Spain, accused of murder by their neighbors, confess to the crime after being tortured,

Director:

Pilar Miró (as Pilar Miro)

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Pilar Miró (as Pilar Miro), Juan Antonio Porto (idea) | 1 more credit »
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Amparo Soler Leal ... Varona
Héctor Alterio ... Isasa (as Hector Alterio)
Daniel Dicenta Daniel Dicenta ... Gregorio
José Manuel Cervino ... León
Mary Carrillo ... Juana
Francisco Casares Francisco Casares ... Taboada
Eduardo Calvo ... Amo
José Vivó José Vivó ... Don Rufo (as Jose Vivo)
Félix Rotaeta ... Secretario (as Felix Rotaeta)
Guillermo Montesinos ... José María Grimaldos López 'El Cepa'
Pedro del Río Pedro del Río ... Alvarez-Neyra
Mercedes Sampietro ... Alejandra
Nicolás Dueñas ... Juez primero (as Nicolas Dueñas)
Antonio Canal Antonio Canal ... Labarga
Juan Jesús Valverde Juan Jesús Valverde ... Jáuregui (as Juan Jesus Valverde)
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Two friends from a small village in Cuenca, Spain, accused of murder by their neighbors, confess to the crime after being tortured,

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Despite being filmed after Franco's death, it took many years for the film to overcome censorship. See more »

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When they were arrested it was stated that they were to be held in solitary confinement. They are then immediately shown being held in the same cell. See more »

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Referenced in Regresa El Cepa (2019) See more »

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Polemic and crude film based on real events with exaggerated but decent direction by Pilar Miró
11 April 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is a shocking and showy film by Pilar Miró , also the producer , she made it in 1979 , it was scripted by Lola Salvador Maldonado , who also narrates the facts in a book published with the same name . The movie was initially banned in Spain and the director subjected to military martial courts . It happens on 21 August 1910, in the small town of Osa de la Vega, in the province of Cuenca , Jose Maria Grimaldos (Guillermo Montesinos) , known as «El Cepa», is seen on the road to the nearby village of Tresjuncos and then disappears . His family and mother (Mary Carrillo) fears foul play and reports it to the Guardia Civil (rural police) his disappearance and accusing two countrymen . In the subsequent judicial investigation the family and others express their suspicions that two men , Gregorio Valero (Daniel Dicenta) and Leon Sanchez (José Manuel Cervino) had killed him for his money . This first case was closed by a judge (Nicolás Dueñas) in September 1911 with no convictions . In 1913 a new , stiff and overzealous judge named Isasa (Héctor Alterio) arrives . Influenced by the local conservative congressman (a despot representative well played by Fernando Rey) , Judge Isasa decides to reopen the case . The two suspects are arrested by the Guardia Civil and under torture, confess to having killed the man and destroyed the body . The district attorney asks for the death penalty for both . Finally , on 25 May 1918 a popular jury convicted the two men of murder and they are sentenced to 18 years in prison . After serving eleven years, they are released under a general pardon on 20 February 1924 . Two years later, in early 1926 , it is discovered by chance that the reputed victim, Grimaldos, «El Cepa», was alive and had been living in a nearby town . The ugly truth is thus revealed and the innocence of the convicted men becomes evident . With many legal difficulties, the case is reopened and eventually reached the Supreme Court, where the convictions were overturned .

Based on actual facts , writer Ramón J. Sender, wrote the novel ¨The Place of a Man¨ in 1939 and later , in 1979, Pilar Miro directed the movie based on the story , while screenwriter Maldonado published her book . The movie contains intense drama , thrills , chills , brutal tortures and portentous interpretations . It is an attack against torture with scenes being depicted in great detail and crudity , though it results to be shocking and excessive , displaying a detailed exploitation violence . It is understood that the crime in the title is committed by the Guardia Civil in torturing the suspects . The meticulous and brutality description of tortures causes the U.C.D. (Union Centro Democratico ) government scares itself and then puts the film under military authority , being censored and kidnapped for long time and subsequently , Pilar Miró is judged by a military court , originating a great impact , including protests , strikes and manifestations . Being only movie prohibited from the democracy's foundation and elimination censorship (1977) . Finally , it is premiered in 1981 and under the restrictive anagram ¨S¨, created for erotic and super-violent pictures . As only in August 1981 was the film allowed to be shown in Spain where it was a box office hit . Main cast is pretty good and support cast is frankly excellent , such as Amparo Soler Lear , Francisco Casares , Eduardo Calvo , José Vivó , Mercedes Sampietro , Félix Rotaeta , Francisco Merino , Francisco Guijar , Guillermo Montesinos and many others . Colorful and appropriate cinematography by prestigious cameraman Hans Burmann . Evocative and rustic musical score by Anton Garcia Abril .

This stagy motion picture entitled The Crime of Cuenca was professionally directed by Pilar Miro , though resulted to be some violent and shocking . In 1982 Pilar was designated General Director of Cinema and from 1986 to 1989 was Directora General De RTVE . She was an expert filmmaker of Television chapters and occasionally for cinema . At the beginning she collaborates in Manuel Summers' screenplays , such as ¨Niña De Luto¨and ¨Juego De Oca¨. Her fetish actress , and alter-ego , was Mercedes San Prieto , whom directed in ¨Gary Cooper Que Estas En Los Cielos¨ and ¨Pajaro De Felicidad¨ , among others . Her film debut was ¨La Petición¨ , getting some successes such as ¨Hablamos Esta Noche¨ , ¨The dog in the manger¨ or ¨El Perro del Hortelano¨, ¨Beltenebros¨ , ¨The bird of happiness¨ , ¨Werther¨ , ¨Tu Nombre Envenena Mis Sueños¨ based on Joaquin Leguina novel and especially this ¨The Cuenca crime¨ . This one resulted to be a hit smash and got a lot of money at the Spanish box office , thanks to good cast , adequate set production and enjoyable atmosphere . Rating : Acceptable and passable .


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