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El amor brujo (1986)

PG | | Music, Drama | 23 December 1986 (USA)
In a Gypsy village, the fathers of Candela and José promise their children to each other. Years later, the unfaithful José marries Candela but while defending his lover Lucía in a brawl, he... See full summary »


Carlos Saura


Gregorio Martínez Sierra (libretto) (as Martinez Sierra), Carlos Saura (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Gades ... Carmelo
Cristina Hoyos ... Candela
Laura del Sol ... Lucía
Juan Antonio Jiménez Juan Antonio Jiménez ... José (as Juan Antonio Jimenez)
Emma Penella ... Tía Rosario
La Polaca ... Pastora
Gómez de Jerez Gómez de Jerez ... El Lobo / Cantaor (as Gomez de Jerez)
Enrique Ortega Enrique Ortega ... Padre de José
Diego Pantoja Diego Pantoja ... Padre de Candela
Giovana Giovana ... Rocío
Maria Campano Maria Campano ... (as Mari Campano)
Candy Román Candy Román ... Chulo (as Candy Roman)
Enrique Pantoja Enrique Pantoja
Manolo Sevilla Manolo Sevilla ... Cantaor
Antonio Solera Antonio Solera ... Guitarrista


In a Gypsy village, the fathers of Candela and José promise their children to each other. Years later, the unfaithful José marries Candela but while defending his lover Lucía in a brawl, he is stabbed to death. Carmelo, who secretly loves Candela since he was a boy, is arrested while helping José and unfairly sent to prison. Four years later he is released and declares his love for Candela. However, the woman is cursed by a bewitched love and every night she goes to the place where José died to dance with his ghost. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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dance | ghost | gypsy | singing | spain | See All (10) »


Music | Drama


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Carmelo: [after four years of confinement for a murder he did not commit, Carmelo has been released from prison, and returns to the gypsy settlement. He comes to greet Aunt Rosario] Aunt Rosario.
Tía Rosario: You're finally out. I'm so glad.
Carmelo: [Jokingly] They got tired of me and tossed me out.
Tía Rosario: I'm so happy... We missed you a lot.
Carmelo: [after long pause, expressing a certain bitterness] No one really missed me.
Tía Rosario: We forget about other people. That's how life is.
Carmelo: I lost four years of my life!
Tía Rosario: You'll get them back! Start over now, with ...
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Form, function and flamenco
23 December 2000 | by pablopazSee all my reviews

Formalismo is an integral part of both Hispanic culture and gypsy/flamenco culture. It is inherent in this dance-drama within a movie. You must willingly suspend disbelief in the realistic sets set on an obvious dance stage with scrimmed and lighted backdrops. Likewise to accept the plot, you must suspend disbelief in phantom lovers, duels for honor, and happy-ever-after endings -- although be forwarned that the ending of this Bewitched Love (a better translation than the usual "Love, the Magician", altho' there are at least three other ways to interpret the ambiguous Spanish title words) can be understood only as a comedy, or comedie noire. The action, singing and dancing are compressed into the lines of flamenco dances as tightly as pure emotion can be condensed into a sonnet, or any other strict form, and yet they transcend with the freedom of the gypsy spirit, if you but open yourself to the experience. The first of Saura's great dance movies.

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Release Date:

23 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carlos Saura Dance Trilogy, Part 3: El Amor Brujo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Emiliano Piedra See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | 4-Track Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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