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Pasodoble (1988)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Rey ... Don Nuño
Juan Diego ... Juan Luis
Antonio Resines ... Topero
Cassen ... Acacio
Mary Carmen Ramírez ... Carmen
Kiti Mánver ... Camila (as Kiti Manver)
Eva León ... Monja
Miguel Rellán ... Velázquez
Antonio Gamero ... Poli
Luis Ciges ... Fraile
Pedro Reyes Pedro Reyes ... Montoya
Caroline Grimm Caroline Grimm ... Makren
María Galiana ... Sole
Manolo Caro ... Cosme (as Manuel Caro)
Juan Luis Galiardo ... Diputado


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9 June 1988 (Spain) See more »

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Tesauro See more »
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Silly and boastful comedy by José Luis Garcia Sánchez with all-Spanish-star-cast who give decent interpretations
27 October 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The craftsman José Luis Garcia Sánchez realizes another passable film full of sourness , antics , binge happenings and brief social critical . Bustling comedy with an excellent plethora of Spanish players and an absurd screenplay , being based on a story written the same director , and collaboration of his usual , Rafael Azcona . It concerns a family of gypsies who occupy a historic mansion . The grandmother , Maria (Antoñita Colomé) had an affair with the deceased owner , an aristocrat prince . She bore two natural sons , Acacio (Cassen) and Poli (Antonio Gamero) and reclaims the palace for her family . There then appears Don Nuño (Fernando Rey) in charge of the historical foundation , his son Juan Luis (Juan Diego) as well as the marriage employees Carmen (Mary Carmen Ramírez) and Velázquez (Miguel Rellán) . In addition , it pops up two cops (Antonio Resines and Pedro Reyes) who attempt to evict the squatters and carry out law and order , but things go wrong . Later on , there shows up a nun (Eva León) and a friar (Luis Ciges) who results to be also son of Maria .

Spanish coral film dealing with a merciless denounce to hypocrite society located at a luxury mansion , being decently directed by veteran José Luis Garcia Sánchez and full of ingenious but also ridiculous humor , including relentless social critical but in malevolent intention . A light , rip-roaring comedy , easy to watch , and easier to forget . It is shot in real embarrassment , including absurd scenes and being next to caricature more than realism . In the flick there are especially busy comedy , ironical humor , frantic pace , joy , amusing gags , rowdy satire , noisy hustle and social critique , being shot in José Luis Garcia Berlanga wake . Furthermore , it contains certain confusion , bustle and relies heavily in exaggerated mayhem ; being in anyway clearly inferior to Berlanga's masterpieces such as : ¨Escopeta Nacional¨ , ¨Patrimonio Nacional¨ and ¨Nacional III¨ . 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 swift direction of Garcia Sánchez very far from the tenderness that carried out in previous works , including a bitter , pessimistic mirror on the Spanish society by that time . We can find very fun roles , all of them caricatures and mirrors of the Spanish society of the eighties , concerning the national reality in ironical and critical style and with a lot of known interpreters who provided a considerable boost to the result . The movie displays a Spanish main and secondary star-studded , such as : Fernando Rey , Juan Diego , Luis Ciges , María Galiana , Juan Luis Galiardo , Antonio Resines , Cassen , Mary Carmen Ramírez , Kiti Mánver , Eva León , Miguel Rellán , Antonio Gamero , Pedro Reyes and the old diva Antoñita Colomé .

The motion picture was well financed by three great producers : Andrés Vicente Gómez , Hervé Hachuel and Tadeo Villalba , being professionally directed by Jose Luis Garcia Sánchez in his usual style , though contains some flaws , gaps , too much mayhem and it is not among their best works . He is a notorious writer and director , being born in Salamanca, Castilla y León , where he usually shoots his films . Being father of the director Víctor García León . Sanchez is a noted writer and director, known for the great hits as ¨Belle Epoque¨ (1992), ¨Las Truchas¨ (1978) and ¨La Corte Del Faraón¨ (1985) . And specially known for writing : ¨Habla Mudita¨ and ¨Camada Negra¨ for Manuel Gutierrez Aragon , ¨and other films as ¨Corazon Solitario¨, ¨Furia Española¨ for filmmaker Francisco Betriu , and , of course , ¨Belle Epoque¨ (1992) for director Jose Luis Garci . His films debuts were a trilogy of comedies in politic trendy : ¨El Love Feroz¨, ¨Colorin Colorado¨ and ¨Las Truchas¨ (1978) , the latter won Golden Bear in Berlin Festival . He also directed a documentary : ¨Dolores¨ that pays tribute to communist Ibarruri . He subsequently collaborates with Rafael Azcona such as ¨Hay Deshacer La Casa¨, ¨Pasodoble¨, ¨El Vuelo De La Paloma¨ and ¨El Seductor¨ . And two rendition upon Ramon Valle Inclan's novels : ¨Divinas Palabras¨ (1985) , and ¨Tirano Banderas¨ , as well as a pair of farceur comedies ¨Suspiros De España¨ (1995) , and ¨Siempre Hay Camino a la Derecha¨ . Furthermore , two historical films ¨La Noche Mas Larga¨ and and Lazaro De Tormes (2001) . ¨Pasodoble¨ rating : 5.5/10 . Average but passable .

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