Cursed Mountain (1954)

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A small Spanish town is divided between the upper and lower parts. The poor and the less-poor parts of the pueblo. In the 'upper' part, all the women are barren. Juan from the 'lower' part ... See full synopsis »


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5 June 2018 | ma-cortes
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| Above average melodrama with intense emotion, tragedy , rural habits and an enjoyable love story
Andalucia 1923 , this emotive drama deals with a young: Ruben Rojo living in Puebla Valle that falls for a girl: Lina Rosales living in Puebla Arriba wrongly known for their sterile women . The highter village has a lot of rubble as well as ruined and old building . While the lower part has better houses , orchards and nice constructions . A foreman : Jose Sepulveda organizes a work expedition to get his incomes from trees cutting and burning wood to make charcoal , similarly to many years later film : "Taxio" by Montxo Armendariz . As the owner hires a group of workers : Rojo , Guardiola and Manuel Zarzo , among others . But things go wrong when emerges rivalty between Ruben Rojo and Jose Guardiola.

A strong and neo-realist drama set in the rural Andalucia plenty of extreme passion, tension , thrills , violence , supernatural curse and a twisted romance . The first part of the movie is more a rural drama , while the second part is developed in a Western style movie , full of movement , pursuit and fights . Great nature backgrounds and intense passion make it an agreeable and charming experience . It shows several facets of the idiosyncracy of the Spanish people such as the particular social habits and rural customs with supertition, dark curses about barren fates and isolation .Highlights of the movie are the charming dances carried out by protagonists and villagers surrounding a decorated pole at the village square . And impressive final , including chases and breathtaking scenes when two men fight for the woman with the only arms to hand : axes .

It contains an evocative cinematography by Eloy Mella and Sebastian Perera . Set in Andalucia and shot in Nijar, Almeria , Mojacar and San Lorenzo del Escorial, with adequate setting by prestigious and prolific designer Eduardo Torre Fuente . Dramatic and sensitive musical score by Jesus Romo . It won award Cinema Writers Circle , CEC , to best film , best supporting actor:Jose Guardiola, and best original story . It was also winner best film in San Sebastian Film Festival 1954 and nominee Golden Liom in Venice Film Festival .The motion picture written by the notorious Alfonso Paso and Jose Luis Dibildos , was well directed by Antonio Del Amo at his best and being really influenced by the Mexican Indio Fernandez .By the time Antonio directed a trilogy of realist films as Dia Tras Dia , El Sol Sale Todos Los Dias and this one . Del Amo is specially known for shooting " Joselito" films as Saeta del Ruiseñor, El Ruiseñor de las cumbres, Escucha mi cancion, El Pequeño Coronel , Los dos golfillos and Aventuras de Joselito en America ; though he also directed Spaghetti Western as El hijo de Jesse James and Eurospy as 001 Operacion Caribe

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