La corona negra
- 1h 46min
An amnesiac woman discovers her past was that of criminal.An amnesiac woman discovers her past was that of criminal.An amnesiac woman discovers her past was that of criminal.An amnesiac woman discovers her past was that of criminal.An amnesiac woman discovers her past was that of criminal.
This is a Film Noir with thrills , fights , suspense , twists , surrealist scenes and a brief intrigue about some stolen precious stones as well as the place where were concealed . Based on a story by the prestigious Jean Cocteau , the film is full of weird dreams , surrealist , abstract images in his usual style , including bizarre hands appearing at the sunny desert and vultures stalking the dead people . The movie is frankly well , though overlong , as runtime 1 hr 45 min . Paced by various flasbacks from different sight points , recreating faithfully Tanger of the 50s , combining ordinary exteriors along with staged interior . It has a great international cast with big name stars . The Mexican Maria Felix provides a decent acting as a Femme Fatal who suffers amnesia and little by little finds out her past .Rossano Brazzi plays a honest engineer who helps and falls for the mysterious woman with unexpected consequences. Vittorio Gassman , whose former work was Arroz Amargo , plays a swindler who is convinced that Mara's amnesia is all a set-up .Support cast is pretty good as Manuel Arbo , Casimiro Hurtado , Santana , Antonio Plana , and the ordinary Spanish secondaries as Julia Caba Alba , Santiago Rivero and Felix Fernandez .
Very good cinematography in black and white by Antonio L Ballesteros in Noir style with lights and shades . Shot on location ,Tanger , Morocco and Ballesteros studios . Atmospheric and evocative musical score by maestro Juan Quintero. Well and lavishly produced by Cesareo Gonzalez , Suevia films . The motion picture was well directed by Luis Saslavski , though it failed at boxoffice and considered to be one of the strangest Spanish films .Argentina-born Luis Saslavski film debut was 1935 Crimen a las 3 and La Fuga . Directing melodramas for Libertad Lamarque as Puerta Cerrada . Subsequently , he adapts Calderon de la Barca in La Dama Duende , making in Europe several films as La nieve estaba sucia , Las Lobas , Historia de una noche , the musical : El balcon de la luna with Folkloric stars : Lola Flores , Carmen Sevilla , Paquita Rico and the comedies Las mujeres los prefieren tontos , la industria del matrimonio , El faustino criollo , among others .Rating : 7/10, essential and indispensable seeing for Spanish cinema aficionados .
- Aug 15, 2018