Tag Archives: Spain

Delusions of Grandeur / La folie des grandeurs (1971) Gérard Oury, Louis de Funès, Yves Montand, Alice Sapritch, Comedy, History

La folie des grandeurs (1971)
Don Salluste, a petty tyrant in his own home and minister of the King of Spain, falls from grace. Wanting revenge, he tries to compromize the Queen with his valet Blaze, introduced as his cousin. But poor Blaze gets stuck with a rather repulsive duenna, who is madly in love with him and very keen on getting her way. This wild comedy takes off at a dashing pace set by the De Funes, Montand and Sapritch trio.

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Crimen ferpecto / The Perfect Crime (2004) Álex de la Iglesia, Guillermo Toledo, Mónica Cervera, Enrique Villén, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Crimen ferpecto AKA The Perfect Crime (2004)
Rafael is the best salesman in the biggest department store of Madrid. He is a fascinating man; all his colleagues fell in love with him. He tries to live a high-standard life. He is definitely ambitious and aspires to be the new head of sales on his floor. But he has to beat Don Antonio: the best salesman in the man wearing sector. Competition gets harder and harder, until Rafael kills Don Antonio! Lourdes, the ugliest woman in the store, unexpectedly helps Rafael to hide the corpse, but her help isn’t for free. Rafael will soon start considering a new crime. A new perfect crime.

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Sex and Lucia (2001) Julio Medem, Paz Vega, Tristán Ulloa, Najwa Nimri, Erotic, Romance, Drama

Sex and Lucia (2001)
Lucía is a young waitress in a restaurant in the centre of Madrid. After the loss of her long-time boyfriend, a writer, she seeks refuge on a quiet, secluded Mediterranean island. There, bathed in an atmosphere of fresh air and dazzling sun, Lucía begins to discover the dark corners of her past relationship, as if they were forbidden passages of a novel which the author now, from afar, allows her to read.

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Ein Unbekannter rechnet ab / Ten Little Indians (1974) Peter Collinson, Charles Aznavour, Maria Rohm, Adolfo Celi, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Ein Unbekannter rechnet ab (1974)
A group is invited, under false pretenses, to an isolated hotel in the Iranian desert. After dinner, a cassette tape accuses them all of crimes that they have gotten away with. One by one they begin to die, in accordance to the Ten Little Indians nursery rhyme. After a search is made of the hotel, they realize that the murderer is one of them. A few members of the group attempt to trust each other, but the question still remains, who can one trust? And who will leave the hotel alive?

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The Mosquito Net / La mosquitera (2010) Agustí Vila, Emma Suárez, Eduard Fernández, Martina García, Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Mosquito Net (2010)
Maria suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Luis, Maria’s fifteen-year-old grandson, doesn’t say very much either; he shuts himself off in his own silent world to escape his parent’s marital crisis, spending time instead picking up stray cats and dogs off the street. His father, Miguel, wants to put a stop to this eccentric behavior, but his protective mother Alice indulges him. Nevertheless, the animals begin to appear at home in increasing numbers, making life complicated for the family in their flat.

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I cento cavalieri (1964) Vittorio Cottafavi, Mark Damon, Antonella Lualdi, Gastone Moschin, Adventure, Drama, History

I cento cavalieri (1964)
Intorno all’anno 1000, un paese della Castiglia viene occupato da un gruppo di guerrieri arabi che approfittano in questo modo di una tregua intercorsa tra i mori e l’esercito cristiano. All’inizio simulano intenzioni pacifiche, ma ben presto dimostrano uccidendo l’alcalde che il loro obiettivo è assoggettare la città. La popolazione, fino a quel momento non avvezza a imprese belliche, abbandona le case e nomina suo capo Don Gonzalo. Inizia così una guerriglia contro gli occupanti che prosegue con alterne vicende e si conclude vittoriosamente grazie all’apporto di un gruppo di cavalieri. Alla fine, cacciati i mori, l’ordine regnerà sul villaggio.

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L’adversaire / The Adversary (2002) Nicole Garcia, Daniel Auteuil, Géraldine Pailhas, François Cluzet, Crime, Drama, Mystery

L'adversaire (2002)
Based on the 2000 book of the same name by Emmanuel Carrère, it is inspired by the real-life story of Jean-Claude Romand. L’Adversaire’s protagonist Jean-Marc Faure (Auteuil) pursues an imaginary career as a doctor of medicine in a plot more closely based on Romand’s life and Carrère’s book than was Laurent Cantet’s 2001 film L’Emploi du Temps. The film was nominated for a Palme d’Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

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Lo scapolo / The Bachelor (1955) Antonio Pietrangeli, Alberto Sordi, Sandra Milo, Nino Manfredi, Comedy

Lo scapolo (1955)
Il rag. Anselmi è uno scapolo impenitente che corteggia tutte le donne. Finché ci casca. 2° film (e mezzo) di A. Pietrangeli che per la prima volta si serve in sceneggiatura della coppia Maccari-Scola e che offre a A. Sordi l’occasione di approfondire il suo personaggio di medio-borghese, medio-obeso, medio-tutto, facendogli vincere il Nastro d’argento del migliore attore. Divertente, spigliato, ironico con un’attenzione insolita per i personaggi femminili di contorno.

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