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Montoyas y Tarantos (1989)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... María la Taranto
... Antonio Montoya
Juan Paredes ... Manuel Taranto
Esperanza Campuzano ... Ana Montoya
Juan Antonio Jiménez ... Mercucho
... Teo el Picao
... Soledad
Queta Claver ... Ama
Antonio Canales ... Diego Taranto
... Goyo Picao
Juan Ortega ... Lolo Picao
Carlos Torrescusa ... Miguel Montoya
Carmen Encalado
Manolo Marín
Jesús Bernabé


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Gypsy family rivalry and ethnic tension erupt in a groundbreaking and breathtaking musical
12 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

Loosely based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet , the story follows the Montoyas and Tarantos , and their young sons in love and pertaining to two different as well as deep-rooted opposing families , as they fight for old confrontations . Here is the color and excitement of Spain...alive with the frenzy of the flamenco and the fires of an unlucky love ! . A boy and a girl from two rival Gypsy families fall in love . As while Ana Montoya (Esperanza Campuzano , daughter of known pianist Felipe Campuzano) and Manuel Taranto (Juan Paredes) fight for love , their parents and brothers carry out a strong confrontation .

Quintaessential Spanish film features brilliant and frenetic choreography and embellished thanks to its chromatic aesthetic and a high-caliber Flamenco score by guitarist Paco De Lucia , being based on the play "Historia De Los Tarantos" by Alfredo Mañas , transposition of Shakespeare's classic "Romeo and Juliet" . A nice recounting of the eighties' gypsy life , being lovely , passionate and very languid in its style with a superb Flamenco soundtrack and unique photography style . It includes traditions , habits and dancing of this gypsy ethnic and giving a charming sight-point , without falling in the well-worn and trite , providing an engaging vision of this race . The dazzling and devastating dancing set new standards for this splendid musical film in this wildly successful transition of the sixties' classic : ¨Los Tarantos¨ that had international impact , nominated Oscar Best Foreign Language in Film Academy Awards , USA 1964 , directed by Francisco Rovira Veleta with Sara Lezana , Daniel Martin and Carmen Amaya . In this yarn of passion and vendetta stands out the unchallenged highlights as the gypsy people facing off by dancing at the beginning and the thrilling conclusion , including killings in Peckinpah style . The tragic ending will leave few eyes dry , such emotive moments in musicals are rare indeed . Adding wonderful horses from Real Escuela Andaluza De Arte Ecuestre de Jerez , and attractive white houses as well as marvelous beaches , sea and sand . As the star-crossed lovers , Paredes-Campuzano , as young couple share love despite prohibitive conflict between their families , they do touching , but average acting , in this Andalucia update of ¨Romeo and Juliet¨, the veteran actors as Sancho Gracia , José Sancho , Mercedes San Prieto , Queta Claver give much better interpretation . Spectacular dances choreographed by Cristina Hoyos , she got various weeks into rehearsal and showing efficiently the gritty real gypsy style dancing . Colorful and evocative cinematography by Teo Escamilla , also producer , it has a painstaking perfectionism , especially on exteriors and the gypsy dancing . Being shot on location in Jerez De La Frontera , Vejer De La Frontera , Córdoba , Torre Del Loro , Isla Cristina , Matalascañas , among others .

This gypsy retelling of Shakespeare's classic play was well directed by Vicente Escrivá . It has Goya Awards 1990 as won Goya Best Sound and Best Original Score : Paco de Lucía , and Nominated Goya Best Film , Best Cinematography , Best Costume Design , Best Editing and Best Makeup and Hairstyles . Director Escriva succeeds in casting old figures along with novice cast in the leads . Vicente was a writer , producer and director , known for successful films throughout a long career with hits as Balarrasa (1951) , Sor Intrépida (1952) , Un Traje Blanco (1956) , Montoyas and Tarantos (1989) , 2 films starred by Rafael : El Angel , El Golfo , and 3 starred by Maria Rosario Omaggio : Visanteta Estáte Quieta , El Virgo De Visanteta and La Lozana Andaluza . He also made some TV series such as : Lleno Por Favor , Manos a La Obra , Farmacia De Guardia , and Réquiem En Granada at his best . Rating : 7/10 ,good and kudos to cinematographer Teo Escamilla and composer Paco De Lucia . Prepare to be both moved and exhilarated .

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