Spain 1990

Synopsis

In the lull between battles, Carmela and Paulino entertain the Republican Army with a small cabaret show. When they are dismissed they want to return to Valencia, where the world is less cruel and the food is better. They are accompanied by the dumb Gustavete, whom they have picked up somewhere on their travels. On the way
home they fall into the hands of the fascists. Paulino is quick to realise that he can use the attractive and naive Carmela to turn the enemy into friends. But a woman like Carmela lets no one pull the wool over her eyes. At the very moment when Paulino, with a carefully prepared show, wants to win the goodwill of the fascists once and for all, Carmela's wild temperament breaks out...

Director's Biography

Born in Huesca in 1932, Carlos Saura grew up in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia during the Spanish Civil War. After graduation he first went into photography before studying engineering. From 1953 to 57 he studied Directing, mainly dealing with documentary films. Afterwards he taught screenriting and directing for six years. His debut festure film comes in 1959. He occasionally works for his colleagues productions, taking on different functions, sometimes also acting, and writing scripts.

1955 - FLAMENCO, short
1955 - EL PEQUENO RIO MANZANARES, short
1957 - LA TARDE DEL DOMINGO, short
1958 - CUENCA, short
1959 - THE DELINQUENTS
1963 - CORDOBA
1965 - THE HUNT
1967 - PEPPERMINT FRAPPÉ
1968 - STRESS IS THREE
1969 - HONEYCOMB
1970 - THE GARDEN OF DELIGHTS
1972 - ANNA AND THE WOLVES
1973 - COUSIN ANGELICA
1975 - CRIA CUERVOS
1977 - ELISA, MY LIFE
1978 - BLINDFOLDED EYES
1979 - MAMA TURNS 100
1980 - FAST, FAST
1981 - BLOOD WEDDING
1981 - SWEET HOURS
1982 - ANTONIETA
1983 - CARMEN
1984 - THE STILTS
1986 - A LOVE BEWITCHED
1988 - EL DORADO
1988 - THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL
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Cast & Crew

Directed by : Carlos Saura

Written by : Rafael Azcona

Produced by : Andres Vicente Gomez

Main Cast : Carmen Maura (Carmela), Andres Pajares (Paulino), Gabino Diego (Gustavete), Maurizio Di Razza (Lt. Ripamonte), Miguel Relian (interrogating lieutenant), Edward Zentara (Polish soldier)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Actress 1990
  • European Film 1990
  • Best Supporting Actor 1990