23 January 2002 | peringo2-2
You can remake "The Bingo Men"!!!!!
Being used to seeing remakes of high-budget movies, it is somewhat delirious to watch the king of Spanish sexploitation - ladies and gentlemen, Mariano Ozores - shooting a even-lower-budget remake of his 80´s hit "Los Bingueros".
The truth is that, after the sucessive departures of his stars Fernando Esteso and Andres Pajares, don Mariano Ozores was starting to lose his punch. Spain itself had evolved and people had realized that there were more sophisticated ways of enjoying nudity. Democracy was already well-established and thus, a source of the best Ozores humour, the jokes about how new and strange was the ending of a dictatorship that it seemed it would last forever, was lost. Ozores natural audiences were, too, growing old, and were less keen to attending cinema theaters.
Given this situation, it is understandable that Ozores wanted to regain his audience by applying the same old formulas and by making remakes such as this one or "Con el Pan Debajo del Brazo" or "Esto es un Atraco". It did not work: everything was stale and liveless. Yet, this movie has its memorable moments, specially the ones which serve to display various pork products from the Spanish company "El Pozo". Not only Ozores places the products all over the screen, he also zooms into them shamelessly. All exteriors kick off with "El Pozo" adds and, if the characters are in the streets, you should expect a "El Pozo" van crossing. Better than Tarantino selling Kangol caps in "Jackie Brown".
And, for the rest of the film, you can always enjoy the infernal performances of Antonio Ozores and Juanito Navarro, the political jokes that were not understandable a week after they were made, or the "helicopter shots" that were done by shooting a photograph.
In a time when "cinematic terrorism" is confused by the tamed Farrelly bros, people should come back to Ozores. He is the real thing. And, in these later, decadent movies, his greatness is somewhat more revealing. Enjoy.