Sister Citroen (1967)

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A community of nuns in charge of an asylum for orphan girls decides to get motorized. They buy the vehicle and Sister Tomasa will have to drive it. She will soon be known around Madrid as Sor Citroen.


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Pedro Lazaga


Pedro Masó, Rafael J. Salvia (story), Rafael J. Salvia (screenplay)

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6 May 2019 | ma-cortes
| Extremely sentimental but enjoyable comedy and considered to be Gracita Morales' best role
It concerns about a young girl called Tomasa (Gracita Morales) living with his father , a railway locomotive driver (Andrés Mejuto) . She has always lived in his village in ¨La Robla¨ , León , and decides on a whim to become a nun and go and settle down in Madrid at a convent . As a nuns community under direction a stiff Superior Mother (Mary Carmen Prendes) care orphan children , and they have a lot of problems that attempt to resolve , as well as the troublesome kiddies . Then they need a car to carry out their work . As they buy a Citroën Dyane 6 to be driven by a botcher nun , Sister Tomasa (Gracita Morales) who is nicknamed Sor Citroën , being accompanied by the sympathetic Sister Rafaela (Rafaela Aparicio) .The first time she drives it , she causes destruction , car crashes and mayhem . It results in finishing at the Police station and interrogated by a Police Inspector (Antonio Ferrandis) .

It is an agreeable , joyous picture concerning the silly adventures of an unfortunate as well as bungler nun buying a car to transport orphan kiddies, but then things get worse . Funny and fun acting by Gracita Morales as Hermana Tomasa Carrasco 'Sor Citroën' , she was a hilarious , comical actress, known for La chica del gato (1964), Operación Mata Hari (1968) and Más bonita que ninguna (1965). She is one of the best loved Spanish actresses of all times. Her talent for comedy was supported by her peculiar, thrilling voice. Her greatest hit came with this "Sor Citroen", in which she plays a very funny and touching nun. This amusing and entertaining picture being written by the prolific Pedro Masó (story) & Rafael J. Salvia . In spite of time passed , the film retains still its attractive , likeability , sympaty and mirth due to the usual plethora of actors of the 60s , showing the peculiar personality of the characters well played by a fine cast . This film is made to entertain , and this movie , especially for a good time and a pleasant entertainment and is also pretty darn funny . Sitting in a strange middle ground between the completely absurd and the stylishly enjoyable . It takes a simple concept , a naive nun from a village goes to the busy big city , the capital of Spain : Madrid , she , then , attempts to help unhappy children in real problems . There are some nice jokes in the film and the cast , playing eccentric characters , make a cosy fit . This film packs customary images of the social life from the sixties , nutty situations , but it especially contains catching touches of sentimentality , good feeling , humor , tongue-in-cheek and irony ; adding the typical Spanish idiosyncrasy . The film is full of familiar faces and cameos , such as : José Luis López Vazquez as a rogue thief , Juanjo Menéndez as a priest , Alfonso Del Real as a butcher who mistreats his wife , José Orjas as a confessor priest , Tip or Luis Sánchez Polack as a traffic cop , Rafael Alonso as an engineer , José Sepúlveda as a gas station owner , Venancio Muro as a gas station worker , Margot Cottens as a robber posing as a nun , Antonio Ferrandis as Police commissioner , Francisco Camoiras as a waif , Lola Lemos , Jose Sacristán , Fabian Conde , Pedro Porcel , Jesús Guzmán , Beni Deus , and many others . And an evocative and catching musical score by Antón García Abril , with soundtrack typical of the sixties . Atmospheric cinematography by Juan Marimé , shot on location in Robledo de Chavela, Madrid , Húmera, Madrid, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, La Robla , León , Castilla León , and Sevilla Films studios , Madrid .

"Sor Citroen" was professionally directed by Pedro Lazaga and it was a big success at box office . Lazaga directed various film with the popular comic actress Gracita Morales as well as Paco Martínez Soria . Lazaga was born in Valls , Tarragona , Catalonia , and died on November 30, 1979 in Madrid . He was a prolific craftsman , a good director and writer , especially known for Los Chicos del Preu (1967), María Morena (1951), Cuerda De Presos (1956) and Posición Avanzada (1966). Pedro was a craftsman , a notorious director and writer who directed all kind of genres such as Peplum : Siete Espartanos , Wartime : Cuerda De Presos , Posicion Avanzada , Torrepartida , La Patrulla ; Drama : Rostro De Asesino , Otro Arbol De Guernica , but especially known for comedies in low budget . Director Pedro Lazaga made , during the fifties and early sixties , eight films , mostly comedies : ¨Muchachas De Azul¨, Ana Dice Si¨. ¨Luna De Verano¨, ¨Económicamente Debiles¨ , ¨Trio Damas¨ for screenwriter and producer Jose Luis Dibildos and his ¨Agata Films Productions¨. The best of all them resulted to be ¨Los Tramposos¨. He continued making comedies such as Patrulla De Los Once , Los Tramposos , Sabian Demasiado , El Vikingo , ¡No Firmes Más Letras, Cielo! , Vente a Ligar Al Oeste , Hasta El Matrimonio Nos Separe , La Amante Perfecta , Fulanita y Sus Menganos , Vota a Gundisalvo , Terapia Al Desnudo , Tres Suecas Para Tres Rodríguez , Yo soy Fulana de Tal , 5 Almohadas Para Una Noche , En La Cresta De la Ola and several others . His most known films were with the popular comic player Paco Martinez Soria , such as : Abuelo Made in Spain or Old made in Spain, , Padre De La Criatura , Alegre Divorciado , Estoy Hecho Un Chaval , Vaya Par Gemelos , among others . Rating : 5.5/10 . Acceptable and passable Spanish comedy . The picture will appeal to Spanish comedy genre fans .

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