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Ay, Carmela! (1990)

Ay, Carmela! (1990)

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In Ay, Carmela, filmmaker Carlos Saura again harks back to his bitter childhood memories of the Spanish Civil War. Carmela (Carmen Maura), Paulino (Andres Pajares) and Gustavete (Gabino Diego) are travelling entertainers, trouping through Spain to perform their act before the Republican troops. Early one morning, the three artistes find themselves in Franco-controlled territory. In mute terror, the captive entertainers witness the deaths of several innocents at the hands of the fascists. Then they are forced to do a show for their captors. Swallowing their pride and hiding their disgust, the entertainers agree to do so. But Carmela is unable to go through with this humiliation: before an assembly a Francoites, she defiantly sings a paean to the Loyalist cause...and in so doing, achieves martyrdom.

Cast

Carmen Maura
as Carmela
Gabino Diego
as Gustavete
Maurizio De Razza
as Lt. Ripamonte
Miguel A. Rellan
as Interrogating Lieutenant
Edward Zentara
as Polish Officer
José Sancho
as Artillery Captain
Antonio Fuentes
as Artillery Subaltern
Mario Martin
as Local Boss
Maurizzio di Razza
as Lieutenant Ripamonte
Silvia Casanova
as Woman Prisoner
Alfonso Guirao
as Peasant Prisoner
Felipe Velez
as Republican Doctor
Emilio del Valle
as Corporal Cardoso
Felix Pardo
as Second Soldier
Manolo Millan
as Corporal
Silva Casanova
as Woman Prisoner
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Not Maura's best, but OK

July 14, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

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