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¡Ay, Carmela! (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, War | 16 March 1990 (Spain)
Paulino and Carmela are husband and wife, troubadours touring the countryside during the Spanish Civil War. They are Republicans, and with their mute assistant, Gustavete, they journey into... See full summary »

Director:

Carlos Saura

Writers:

Rafael Azcona, José Sanchis Sinisterra (play) (as Jose Sanchis Sinisterra) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmen Maura ... Carmela
Andrés Pajares ... Paulino (as Andres Pajares)
Gabino Diego ... Gustavete
Armando De Razza ... Teniente Ripamonte (as Maurizio De Razza)
José Sancho ... Capitán (as Jose Sancho)
Mario De Candia Mario De Candia ... Bruno CTV 1º
Miguel Rellán ... Teniente interrogador (as Miguel Angel Rellan)
Edward Zentara ... Soldado polaco
Rafael Díaz Rafael Díaz ... Centinela (as Rafael Diaz)
Chema Mazo Chema Mazo ... Alcalde
Antonio Fuentes Antonio Fuentes ... Alférez artillero
Mario Martín ... Cacique (as Mario Martin)
Emilio del Valle Emilio del Valle ... Cabo Cardoso
Silvia Casanova ... Mujer presa
Alfonso Guirao Alfonso Guirao ... Campesino
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Paulino and Carmela are husband and wife, troubadours touring the countryside during the Spanish Civil War. They are Republicans, and with their mute assistant, Gustavete, they journey into rebel territory by mistake. They are arrested, fear a firing squad, and receive a reprieve from an Italian Fascist commander who loves the theatre. He arranges a performance for his troops, bargaining with Paulino to stage a burlesque of the republic in exchange for the actors' freedom. Will the fiery and patriotic Carmela consent? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Embeded with prejudice, Carlos Saura didn't want to cast Carmen Maura as the lead, and he told her so. Instead of feeling bad, Maura decided to prove him wrong and gave such a powerful audition that the director casted her in the act. See more »

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bitter comedy
27 January 2014 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

it is a form of parable. piece of long exorcism of Spain against its past shadows. a film like a puzzle of references. art resistance, moral choices, adventure, burlesque, compromises and truth, love and life and dream. all under the precise art of Carlos Saura tools. part of a chain, it is different. not only for extraordinary performance of Carmen Maura but for courage to not be only a Spanish story. the three flags, the prisoners, the school, theater, maybe the map are clues for define a deep European crisis and confrontation with the past. and that is the essence of this splendid movie - to open doors, to transform a past story in present reflection, to be a testimony and, in same measure, an invitation to discover the best choice in dark periods.


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Release Date:

16 March 1990 (Spain) See more »

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$299,090
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1.66 : 1
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