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  • Alfonso XII (Vicente Parra) was King of Spain , reigning from 1874 to 1885 , after a coup d'état restored the monarchy and ended the ephemeral First Spanish Republic . Having been forced into exile after the Glorious Revolution deposed his mother Isabella II (Mercedes Vecino) from the throne in 1868 , Alfonso studied in France . There he meets Maria De Las Mercedes (Paquito Rico) and he has a crush on her . His mother abdicated in his favour in 1870 , and he returned to Spain as king in 1874 following a military coup carried out by General Martínez Campos who proclaimed in Sagunto , Alfonso XII as King of Spain . Within a few days after Canovas del Castillo (Jose Marco Davo) took power as Premier , the new King , proclaimed on 29 December 1874 , arrived at Madrid , passing through Barcelona and Valencia and was acclaimed everywhere (1875) . Initially led by Canovas del Castillo as moderate prime minister , what was thought at one time as a coup aimed at placing the military in the political-administrative positions of power, in reality ushered in a permanent civilian regime that lasted until the 1931 Second Republic . Cánovas was the real architect of the new regime of the Restoration . In 1876 Alfonso signs the ¨Constitution of 1876¨ , and carries out a vigorous campaign against the Carlists , in which the young king took part , resulted in the defeat of Don Carlos and the Duke's abandonment of the struggle . He also terminated the Cuba War , as the victory over the New York-backed Cuban revolutionaries, and led to a huge backing both by insular and peninsular Spaniards of Alfonso as a wise and able King and Alfonso is nicknamed ¨the pacifier¨ . In 1885 , Alfonso died , just short of his 28th birthday, at the Royal Palace of El Pardo . He had been suffering from tuberculosis, but the immediate cause of his death was a recurrence of dysentery .

    This is a historical flick plenty of drama , emotion , romance , luxurious sets and evocative moments . Being based on the successful play by Juan Ignacio Luca de Tena and screenplay by Manuel Tamayo and Baus . The film relies heavily on the love story between Alfonso XII and Maria De Las Mercedes and the obstinate opposition of his mother Isabel II until the ultimate wedding celebration . Mediocre interpretation from the main cast , usually telling marvelous things about Spain and the Spanish people , as Vicente Parra consolidates his uneven career in his most known role and ¨Tonadillera¨ Paquita Rico sings some catching as well as grandiloquent songs . Actors recite pompous sentences and empty words , including their lost looks . The support cast is pretty good , such as Tomas Blanco , Jesús Tordesillas , Mariano Azaña , Antonio Riquelme , Rafael Bardem , Xan Das Bolas , Erasmo Pascual , Ángel Álvarez and Felix Dafauce as Duque de Montpensier , Maria Mercedes's father . The main attraction of the film turns out to be the wonderful scenarios by the prestigious production designer Enrique Alarcón , being shot on location in the lush palaces from Royal Palace of Madrid , Palacio De La Granja De San Ildefonso and Palace of Aranjuez . Colorful and glamorous cinematography by the notorious cameraman Jose F Aguayo . At the end takes place a dramatic finale , following a second part titled ¨Donde Vas Triste De Ti¨ with similar artistic and technician team in which Alfonso married a much more distant relative , Maria Christina of Austria , daughter of Archduke Karl Ferdinand and Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria , being directed by Alfonso Balcázar and produced by Eduardo Manzanos Brochero.

    The motion picture was professionally directed by a good filmmaker , Luis Cesar Amadori , here this craftsman blends popular as well as historical happenings . Amadori was an Italian-born former journalist and music critic who became a leading stage producer and dramatist , and , subsequently, writer-director of motion pictures in Argentina . Luis was manager in 150 theatrical spectacles . He debuts in ¨Puerto Nuevo¨(1936) co-directed by Mario Soffici . Amadori often used the pseudonym ¨Gabriel Peña¨ when he wrote his scripts . After the overthrow of Peron worked in Spain for a decade , for 1958 to 1968 he made 17 films , such as : 1965 Más Bonita Que Ninguna , 1964 El Señor De La Salle with Mel Ferrer , 1964 Como Dos Gotas Agua , 1963 La Casta Susana , 1961 Pecado De Amor , 1961 Alerta en el Cielo , 1960 Mi Ultimo tango , 1960 Un Trono para Cristy , 1959 Una Gran Señora , 1958 Una Muchachita De Valladolid . Most of them were vehicles of popular actresses as Rocio Durcal , Marujita Diaz , ¨Pili and Mili¨ and Sara Montiel with whom made his biggest success ¨La Violetera¨ (1958) .
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Anfonso XIII married no singer, but María de las Mercedes of Orleans, grand-daughter of king Louis Philippe of France and niece to queen Isabel II of Spain, who was Alfonso XIII's mother. She was thus first cousin of her husband Alfonso. After Mercedes's untimely death, aged 18, King Alfonso married María Cristina of Augsburg-Lorraine, an Austrian princess. The strict protocol of the Spanish court at the time would never have allowed for a morganatic marriage of the just-restored king with a singer.

    María de las Mercedes was played in this movie by Paquita Rico, who was indeed a singer. Mercedes's character does sing in the picture, in line with the audience's taste at the time. It was a hugely successful production.
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    This is a re-telling of a 19th century royal romance. Alfonso was the Crown Prince of Spain, Mercedes was a French-Spanish princess and his cousin. They fall in love -though teenagers, this is not puppy love, their love is real and deep; their connection is powerful and unforgettable. Will they marry, despite strong opposition from his mother, the queen? Will they live gloriously happy ever after? Mercedes is buried in the Almudena Cathedral of Madrid, where the current Crown Prince of Spain and his wife were recently married. This love story still lives on in the hearts of Spaniards and romantics everywhere. A must see!
  • This movie has an authentic historical background of the war against the Carlistas with the reign of Alfonso XII who was a popular king in Spain. He falls in love with a singer, Mercedes and soon after he is proclaimed king. The movie has also an interest for non-Spanish people because of its similarity with "Sisi" (Romy Schneider) the Austrian princess. Royal dramas have the advantage of showing beautiful dresses and uniforms, kings falling in love with simple girls and showing something of the habits and history of the country.