El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician) (1986)

El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician)


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Movie Info

Set in Spain, this dance video tells the story of young lovers who are separated by fate, but alas, will reunite. Available in Spanish only.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Gregorio Martínez Sierra, Carlos Saura
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On DVD: Oct 16, 2007
Orion Classics



as Aunt Rosario

as Pastora

as Jose's father

as Candela's father

as Rocio

as Guitarist
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Critic Reviews for El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Told in song and dance, this Spanish tragic love story was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

Full Review… | June 24, 2011

with Gades's choreography, it is movement and not lyrics which advance the narrative

July 21, 2006
Movie City News

Audience Reviews for El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician)

Incredibly intense. Wonderful flamenco dancing and music. Powerful emotions portrayed. Love, passion, betrayal, ghost. This is a great work by Carlos Saura.

Alaine B

Okay, technically, this should be the last review of Carlos Saura's Flamenco trilogy because I had all these supports in the other films why this movie only gets three stars. But since Flixster has yet to add them, I suppose that I must review them without the support of the other two movies.

Blood Wedding and Carmen all build up to this movie. Blood Wedding is a fairly traditional theatre experience while Carmen uses the theatre world to tell a fictional story. El Amor Brujo is just a fictional melodrama. That's okay, but it does somewhat crawl over the course of an hour-45. While I appreciate a good romantic ghost story, the dancing in this film both add and detract from the emotional intensity. We see very little character development compared to Carmen, which incorporates dance into the personal battle that rages inside the director's soul. What is very impressive about Amor is the visuals. It is a very stagey-feel and the movie really embraces the surreal world that these characters dance in.

There is also an extremely odd transition in this movie. After Antonio Gades's character returns from prison after being mistaken for the killer (how? I don't know), life simply continues on. If I hadn't read the plot summary, I would have been completely lost until well into the next discussion. Maybe it's because I'm an idiot, but that's how I felt.

But again, the dancing is fantastic. If you are looking for a loose story with fantastic flamenco dancing, this movie will do it for you. If you are looking for real, in-depth substance...perhaps this isn't the place to go.

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