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¡Ay, Carmela! (1990)

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During the Spanish Civil War, a group of comics lightens the days of the Republican troops. Tired of life in the front lines, they make their way to Valencia, accidentally entering enemy land and falling prisoner.

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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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Version of Estudio 1: ¡Ay, Carmela! (2000) See more »

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Suspiros de España
Written by Antonio Álvarez Alonso
Performed by Carmen Maura
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the war
2 July 2017 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

maybe, its basic virtue is the realistic portrait of Spanish Civil War. bitter, ironic, cruel and precise. and not surprising. because it is a film about freedom against totalitarian regime. a film about the way to escape from the cage of history. a film about force of art. and about sacrifice. and about the choice who defines yourself. I saw twice this special film. and each time as discovered it as a kind of gem. for the truths reflected with force. for the music. for the performances. and, sure, for the strange form of hope. so, the war. and the fight to survive.


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Country:

Spain | Italy

Language:

Spanish | Polish | Italian

Release Date:

13 September 1990 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Ay, Carmela! See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$299,090
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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