21 July 2019 | ma-cortes
Funny and hilarious comedy by Manuel Summers with picaresque situations and naughty incidentes
Humble, repressed Lucas, Alfredo Landa, is well married to Enriqueta, Laly Soldevilla, but he is always thinking on women. In spite of it, he goes on with the prolific Enriqueta with whom he has several children. Lucas is always dreaming with girls, as he is aware of chasing women, though he has already 7 children with Enriqueta. He and his wife go to a State Institution where resides some bad-life women and they take a home servant called Josefita , introducing Ingrid Garbo. Lucas dreams to take Josefita and going after her through a football camp and bullfighting plaza. Later on, Lucas attempts to convince his spouse to take the contraceptive pill.
Amusing and thorny comedy dealing with the
engaging theme of anti-conception , some practically sinful in Francoist period. Being a nostalgic look at old times with diverting and bemusing moments. Dealing with political juncture and an extremely religious society during the late 6os and early 70s. Summers displays a sour critique to male, female repression, and a social denounce that tended not be well received by the strict censor. Adding a relentless, inexorable crtical to male machismo, Catholic religion, and extreme religious practices. The hilarious narration is balanced between traditional Spanish society and modernity. It contains a comical portrayal at the time when Spain was developing the economic boom, a consuming society including the Seat 600 car, and of course, the baby boom. Alfredo Landa gives a very good acting as the ordinary average Spanish, a shy, gray, repressed role coerced by social conventionality. Landa was not the actor to play Shakespeare , but it seems this character was made for him. Alfredo Landa (3 March 1933 - 9 May 2013) was a great Spanish actor. He was born in Pamplona (Navarre), Spain. He finished his pre-university studies in San Sebastián. He then began university studies on Law, where he began to work with university school groups. He left university to work in the theater.After working as a dubbing actor for a short time in the 1950s, he debuted with his first considerable role in film in José María Forqué's Atraco a las tres in 1962. Other essentila roles were in : Forty Degrees in the Shade by Mariano Ozores , Un diablo bajo la almohada by José María Forqué , Los subdesarrollados by Fernando Merino , Los que tocan el piano by Javier Aguirre , No somos de piedra Manuel Summers , La dinamita está servida by Fernando Merino , Tío ¿de verdad vienen de París? Mariano Ozores , Esclava te doy by Eugenio Martín , Mayordomo para todo : Mariano Ozores , Alcalde por elección : Mariano Ozores , El puente : Juan Antonio Bardem , Borrasca : Miguel Ángel Rivas , Historia de S. : Francisco Lara Polop , El rediezcubrimiento de México : Fernando Cortés . When Francisco Franco died in 1975, censorship began to disappear. This led to a growth of erotic comedies on Spanish cinema. Landa became the "sexually repressed" role of that trend, especially under directors Mariano Ozores and Pedro Lazaga. He even created his own trend, that some people called landismo . Afterwards, Landa changed his image, taking much deeper roles, like his bandit in El Bosque animado .And with filmmaker Jose Luis Garci : Las verdes praderas , began a new important period with hits as Crack I and Crack II . Here Landa is married to Enriqueta very nicely played Laly Soldevilla, she performs masterfully the stiff and really practicing wife. Here stands out an awesome support cast such as Jose Luis Coll, Tip and Coll, Terele Pavez, Emilio Laguna, Luis Garcia Berlanga, Mary Carmen Prendes, Natalia Figueroa, Lucia Bose, Maria Massip and 3 typical actors from Spaghetti Western : Cris Huerta, Tito Garcia, Victor Israek, among others
It contains an atmospheric musical score by the great composer Antonio Perez Olea. And evocative, adequate cinematography by prolific cameramaman Francisco Fraile. The motion picture was professionally directed by Manuel Summers. He belonged to New Spanish cinema of the 60s, he was an actor and director who made various movies that who were strongly censored. His films included fun scripts from Summers himself concerning Spanish way of life and youngful loves such as Del rosa al amarillo or From Pink to yellow, Adios cigueña adios, El niño es nuestro, Juego de la oca, Me hace falta un bigote, Ya soy mujer, Mi primer pecado and Angeles Gordos that shot in USA. He also directed documentary as Juguetes rotos , Urtain rey de la selva. And Sketches films as Todo er mundo e gueno, Todo el mundo er mejor, Todo e mundo es demasiado and La Biblia en pasta. Finally, he made two movies for his son David Summers, leader of the successful band Hombres G, Sufre mamon and Sueltate el pelo.Rating 6/10.