3 July 2019 | ma-cortes
Amusing , acceptable but average comedy with top-notch actors , and being middlingly made by the prolific Mariano Ozores
This comedy tells the story of a humble-country man who has a powerful stud Bull called Celedonio ; then he has to leave his small village to come to the big city, to carry out a peculiar assignment . Fun and silly Spanish comedy deals with the country man Daniel Martínez (Alfredo Landa) who inhabits at a small village and has a jealous fianceé called Cristina (Josele Román) who lives with his two stiff-upper-lip brothers . The loser villager is assigned by his friend Antonio (Ricardo Tundidor) who lives in Germany to be the representative at a marriage by proxy to celebrate in Madrid . Problems emerge when Daniel has to leave his small place to go to the big city, Madrid , to meet the bride , Araceli Palomeque (Emma Cohen) , who is actually a bad-life woman who works at a night-club along with the call-girl Vicenta (Florinda Chico) .Then , the humble Daniel becomes involved in twisted and disconcerting incidents ; while , he attempts to enjoy Madrid life style . Meantime , a bungler lawyer , Sr. Contreras (Antonio Ozores) , prepares the wedding documents and provides him all kinds of amusements , as well as he attempts to take advantage of him . Things go wrong when the two brothers (Alvaro de Luna) of Cristina appear at the capital to pay him a visit , creating extreme disorder , chaos and causing confusion . Shortly after , Daniel Martinez and Araceli Palomeque escape from Madrid to Barcelona to meet the groom (Ricardo Tundidor) but they are chased by the vengeful brothers .
The main premise is simple and plain , being plenty of regularly executed gags involving the botcher Daniel , it should lure buffs of absurd comedy . The idiotic script is full of messes and mayhem, but being funny .You may find it so very corny. The screenline keeps in the sillines flowing , being an unlikely and routine parody with no much sense . But never mind the old fashioned it may look, just watch it, considering this is a Spaniard comedy. It has ridículous incidents , and lots of silly laughs , too ; including amusing and bewildering happenings . May be it is difficult for a non-Spanish to understand this kind of humour - as it's hard for a Spaniard to understand Mr. Bean's humour, but for those who have loved Torrente, and who know a little bit about life in villages in late 60's and 70's, may find this satiric glimpse at their uses very entertaining and realistic . Alfredo Landa's performance is nice and fair. May be he was not the actor to play Shakespeare , but it seems this character was made for him. 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 . Landa, along with Francisco Rabal, won Best Actor award at 1984 Cannes Film Festival for his memorable performance in Los santos inocentes. He is now widely recognized as a great dramatic actor.After a career with more than one hundred and twenty movies, one dozen of television series, and several stage successes, with a great amount of Spanish and European awards, 74-year-old Landa announced his retirement at the X Festival de Cine de Málaga (10th Movie Festival of Málaga) while receiving a new award until his deat at 2013. Alfredo Landa is well supported by a good secondary cast , such as : Ricardo Tundidor, Emilio Laguna , Álvaro de Luna , Alberto Fernández , Luis Barbero , Rogelio Madrid , Erasmo Pascual , Goyo Lebrero , Florinda Chico and especial mention for Antonio Ozores giving the most sympathetic and hilarious acting .
It contains an atmospheric cinematography by José F. Aguayo hijo , he is son of the great classy cameraman José Aguayo . Being shot on location , near and surroundings Madrid and Barcelona . And evocative musical score by usual Antón Garcia Abril in his ordinary style of the 60s and 7os . This passable picture with some amusing moments , being professional but regularly made by Mariano Ozores in his usual style , getting big success in the Spanish box office and he made several flicks in similar wake . Mariano's family origin is into show business , being son of Mariano Ozores Sr and brother of José Luis Ozores and Antonio Ozores . Furthermore , uncle of Emma Ozores and Adriana Ozores who here appears briefly as a host woman . Mariano is a craftsman filmmaker and writer , in fact he wrote the fun screenplay , he recently won a Goya Award (2016) to his long and fruitful career . The latter made with these two famous comedians , -Fernando Esteso and Andres Pajares- several films , as they had various years partnership between the two leads , such as ¨Agitese Antes Usarla¨ , ¨Al Este Del Oeste¨, ¨Los Liantes¨, ¨Los Energeticos¨, ¨La Lola Lleva Al Huerto¨ , ¨El Currante¨ , ¨El Hijo Del Cura¨...these films are filled with humor that still holds up , especially for those not easily offended ; being sometimes cheesy and gross-out with numerous naughty and picaresque situations such as sex jokes , adulteries , crazy events , nudism , absurd situations , jealousy , and erotic scenes. His most successful films were the following ones : .The Dancer and the Worker (1936) ,Desert Warrior (1957) , Night and Dawn (1958) , The Daughters of Helena (1963) , Forty Degrees in the Shade (1967) , Operation Mata Hari (1968) , La descarriada (1973). rating : 5.5/10 . So-so , but passable and acceptable .