31 December 2018 | ma-cortes
Sentimental Spanish classy about a sympathetic family formed by two understanding parents and their fifteen children
It deals with a fine rigger, working in full-time, called Carlos Alonso : Alberto Closas, his wife Mercedes, Amparo Soler Leal, and their fifteen children : Pedro Mari Sanchez, Maria Jose Alfonso... of diverse ages living in Madrid. All of them live with the likeable grandfather giving a generous support, the great Jose Isbert, and usual home appearance by Juan, the good godfather: Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez. Subsequently, there takes place various incidents, communion, holidays on Tarragona, first romances and a sad event : missing Chencho that causes a deep gap and an extreme searching for streets, Plaza Mayor, and broadcasting by radio and TV, too. Through numerous events we watch the agreeable life of this enjoyable and attractive family. At the end it takes place the surprising arrival a new set : a television.
There are several stories all around, including
first communion two children, Elementary school, High school and other stories, as we are told of everyday family life, such as holidays on Coast Dorada , first loving, loss Chencho and his subsequent recovery . Alberto Closas gives a nice acting as the hard-working moonlighting rigger who lives for his extense family. He is really enamored his wife Mercedes well played by Amparo Soler Leal. Along with a lot of children performed by charming newcomers. Support cast is frankly excellent, plenty of all Spanish secondary actors as Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez, Laly Soldevilla, Agustin Gonzalez, Jose Maria Prada, Maria Jose Alfonso, Jose Sepulveda, Xan Das Bolas, Francisco Valladares, Jesus Guzman, Angel Alvarez, and, of course, Jose Isbert.
It contains a diverting screenplay from notorious writers as Rafael J Salvia, Pedro Maso and Antonio Vich. And atmospheric musical score by Adolfo Waitzman. As well as an evocative cinematography in black and white by Juan Marine. The motion picture was professionally directed by Fernando Palacios, being well and solidly paced. He was a good filmmaker who directed some acceptable comedies as El dia de enamorados, Juanito, Tres de la Cruz Roja, Vuelve San Valentin, Marisol rumbo a Rio, Operacion embajada, Buscame esa chica, La familia y uno mas and Whisky y Vodka.
It is followed by La familia y uno mas or The family plus one 1965 in which the life of the disproportionated family has undergone various happenings and distresses, as the birth a new baby, the sixteenth, coinciding the death of the mummy, Amparo Soler Leal, who left behind an irreparable sadness, as well as the grandfather has also dead. And, subsequently, an inferior third installment, the really moralist : La familia bien gracias 1979 directed by the former producer , and screenwriter Pedro Maso , with script by prestigious Rafael Azcona.