Tag Archives: Spain

Black Emanuelle / Emanuelle nera (1975) Bitto Albertini, Laura Gemser, Karin Schubert, Angelo Infanti, Drama, Erotic

Black Emanuelle (1975)
In her first onscreen adventure, journalist/photographer Mae Jordan (known to her readers as “Emanuelle”) travels to Africa on assignment. Questions of her own racial and sexual identity come to a head as she observes the troubled marriage of her hosts, Ann and Gianni Danieli. Matters are complicated further when Emanuelle finds herself in affairs with both of them, after which she flees Africa, only to be persued by Gianni, who had earlier rejected her and ridiculed her advances.

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La virgen de los sicarios / Our Lady of the Assassins (2000) Barbet Schroeder, Germán Jaramillo, Anderson Ballesteros, Juan David Restrepo, Crime, Drama, Romance

La virgen de los sicarios (2000)
The tempestuous love story between Fernando, an older man who has recently returned to his crime-ridden drug capitol hometown of Medellin, Colombia and the gun-happy 16-year-old assassin Alexis, who murders all too easily. When Alexis himself is fatally gunned down, grief-stricken Fernando hunts for his young lover’s killer in the Medellin slums, but instead encounters Wilmar, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Alexis.

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Laberinto de pasiones / Labyrinth of Passions (1982) Pedro Almodóvar, Cecilia Roth, Imanol Arias, Helga Liné, Comedy, Drama

Laberinto de pasiones AKA Labyrinth of Passions (1982)
A camp melodrama/comedy about Sexilia (a nymphomaniac), Sadec (a gay Islamic terrorist), Riza Niro (the son of the emperor of Tiran), and Queti (the daughter of a dry-cleaner). When Riza Niro discovers that Sadec and his colleagues are after him, he disguises himself as a punk rocker, and falls in love with the stunning Sexilia, his first straight relationship. Meanwhile Queti, Sexilia’s “biggest fan”, helps Sexilia come to terms with her new life-style.

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Cosi come sei / Stay as You Are (1978) Alberto Lattuada, Marcello Mastroianni, Nastassja Kinski, Francisco Rabal, Drama, Romance

Cosi come sei (1978)
A May-December romance. Roué Giulio Marengo, a Roman landscape architect unhappy in his marriage, meets Francesca, a young and beautiful Florentine, and then learns she might be his daughter. He resolves to keep his hands off but can’t seem to stay away, and she’s eager for a lover who’s a father figure. He’s happy to be a kid, so he tries to find out who her father is; his wife knows something is up; his daughter, who’s Francesca’s age and is pregnant, encourages the affair. Should he tell Francesca his fears that it might be incest? If he tells her and she doesn’t care, what next? And what of his wife, who still wants to be married? Francesca takes control.

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Balada da Praia dos Cães / Ballad of Dog Beach (1987) José Fonseca e Costa, Assumpta Serna, Raul Solnado, Patrick Bauchau, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Balada da Praia dos Caes AKA Ballad of Dog Beach (1987)
In Portugal, in the 60s, the corpse of a man appears on Dog Beach. The corpse is identified as being Major Dantas, a man sought after by the local authorities after his escape from a military prison where he was awaiting trial for insurrection.
Inspector Elia, a solitary man, believes it was due to dispute on political beliefs.
Has the investigation unfolds, Elias constructs a violent loving relationship between a beautiful young woman, Mena, and the fugitives…

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