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Moors and Christians (1987)

Moros y cristianos (original title)
A peculiar family, which owns a nougat factory, decides to set out on a trip to Madrid in order to advertise its products in a Food Fair. Besides the disapproval from the family head and company founder, events are not as expected.


Rafael Azcona (screenplay), Rafael Azcona (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Escobar ... Fray Félix
Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Don Fernando
Verónica Forqué ... Monique
Agustín González ... Agustín
Chus Lampreave ... Antonia
José Luis López Vázquez ... Jacinto López
Andrés Pajares ... Marcial
María Luisa Ponte ... Marcella
Antonio Resines ... Olivares
Pedro Ruiz Pedro Ruiz ... Pepe
Rosa Maria Sardà ... Cuqui Planchadell (as Rosa María Sardá)
Joan Monleón Joan Monleón ... Joan
Luis Ciges ... Ropero
Diana Peñalver ... Criada
Jorge Roelas Jorge Roelas ... Empleado (as Jorge Luis Roelas)


A peculiar family, which owns a nougat factory, decides to set out on a trip to Madrid in order to advertise its products in a Food Fair. Besides the disapproval from the family head and company founder, events are not as expected.

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A bustling comedy with an excellent plethora of Spanish players directed by the great maestro Luis Garcia Berlanga
19 October 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Here Berlanga realizes another provoking film full of sourness and deep critical . Spanish coral film dealing with a merciless denounce to hypocrite society located at a luxury mansion and full of a high level of ingenious humor , including relentless critical but in malevolent intention . Spain , early the eighties in Spain , there appears a peculiar entrepreneur family ¨Planchadell and Calabuig¨, which owns a nougat Factory . The ¨Turron¨ makers family decides to advertise their products and they decide to set out on a trip to Madrid in order to publicize it in a Food Fair to convince some powerful people and Spanish princesses to buy their products . The family is formed by the widow Cuqui (Rosa Maria Sardá) , her brothers (Agustin Gonzalez , Pedro Ruiz) and cousin (Andrés Pajares) . As they move from Xixona (Alicante) to Madrid . Besides the disapproval from the family head , Don Fernando (Fernando Fernán Gómez) and company founder . But Don Fernando is only interested in an elderly Opera Singer (Maria Luisa Ponte) . Then , events are not as expected and things go wrong . The gastronomic fair is full of strange roles and Cuqui and her advertising adviser , Jacinto López (José Luis López Vazquez) , have to do everything to get his aims , but it results to be a disaster .

In the flick there are especially busy comedy , ironical humor , frantic pace , joy , amusing gags , rowdy satire , noisy hustle and social critical . Furthermore , it contains certain confusion , bustle and relies heavily in exaggerated mayhem ; being in anyway clearly an inferior Berlanga film . A coral picture , but this time the formula doesn't work as well as precedent pictures . This is 10th and last collaboration between Azcona and Berlanga along 20 years , and it is their final and worst job through a long and fruitful career . The movie doesn't displays a clear structure , lacks dramatic developing and story hasn't enough interest . Shot in long , complex shots : ¨Planos Secuencia¨, with a lot of rare characters talking , shouting and walking . The main and support actors stand out under perfect direction of Berlanga very far from the tenderness that carried out in previous works , including a bitter , pessimistic mirror on the Spanish society by that time . It turned out to be a nice picture plenty of diverting situations as well as black humor and social hypocrisy . We can find very fun roles , all of them caricatures and mirrors of the Spanish society of the 80s , concerning the national reality in ironical and critical style . The movie displays a Spanish star-studded such as : Agustin Gonzalez , Chus Lampreave (Almodovar's ordinary) , José Luis Coll , Emilio Laguna , Diana Peñalver , and Luis Ciges . It belongs to the third period in Berlanga career characterized by commercial and comical films , adding a point of view as critical as realist .

Direction by Luis Garcia Berlanga is passable , he shows his skill for edition , realizing long shots with crowd who moves easily and shows the miseries of an amoral society . Berlanga filmed several polemic movies during the 50s , all of them were beset by difficulties with the censors caused by real critical to social stratum such as ¨Bienvenido Mister Marshall¨ (1953) , a very good film which tended not to be very well received by the censor for its acidity and considered to be one of the best Spanish films of the history , including a strong portrait of Spanish society and plenty of sharpness . But the main problem is that if you are foreigner you will have to know well the Spanish society to understand the double-senses . His next joint venture was ¨Los Jueves, Milagro¨ (1957), it was modified by the censors and delayed for several years before its eventual release . Subsequently , Berlanga made ¨Placido¨ (1961) masterfully played by Cassen , this is the film debut for the great producer Alfredo Matas and received an Oscar nomination in 1963 , being well-received at the International Festivals , reviewing the useless charity , it's a sublime film but with censorship realized by this great maestro Luis Garcia Berlanga . Later on , Berlanga made one of his best films: ¨El Verdugo¨ (1963), one of the undisputed masterpieces and fundamental in filmography of Luis Garcia Berlanga and shot at the height of his creativity, in a period cultural difficult, where the enormous censorship of the political regime, exacerbated the ingenuity and imagination of the scriptwriters . He continued filming other interesting pictures as in 1973 he went to Paris to begin filming ¨Grandeur nature¨ with Michael Piccoli , another problematic film , focusing this time on the fetishism of a man who falls in love with a doll . After Francoist dictatorship , Berlanga along with his regular screenwriter Azcona carry out the realization a known trilogy about the political and social Spanish situation , concerning on the peculiar aristocratic family of the Marquis of Leguinechehe filmed a trilogy comprising ¨La Escopeta Nacional¨ (1978), ¨Patrimonio Nacional¨ (1981) and ¨Nacional III¨ (1982), where he clarified the evident disorders in the Spanish upper , middle-class upon being confronted with a new political status quo , realizing a sour denounce of the Spanish society . Berlanga shot a peculiar film titled ¨La Vaquilla¨ (1985) plenty of Spanish-star-cast and set in the Spanish Civil War , resulting to be the first time dealing with this convulsive period in comedy style . Following the same themes, he went on filming coral films as ¨Todos a Carcel¨ (1993) that won three Goya Awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Sound ; being his final film : ¨Paris Tombuctu¨. Rating : 6/10 . Essential and indispensable watching for Berlanga aficionados . .

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