Don Juan, My Dear Ghost (1990)

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The ghost of Don Juan Tenorio, the legendary rogue and lover from Sevilla, comes back to town once again on present days searching for the absolution. The spirit, unintentionally takes the ... See full summary »


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14 July 2012 | ma-cortes
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| Spanish comedy about an immortal personage who is brought to life and faces absurd situations
Sevilla , Don Juan Tenorio (Juan Luis Galiardo) comes out from his tomb and goes to a theater where an actor ( Galiardo in double role) is representing the immortal play ¨Don Juan Tenorio¨ by Zorrilla . While the actor has a dirty issue about drug business dealing with a dealer (Luis Escobar) . At a hotel subsequently takes place many incidents between the actor, the ghost Juan and some women (Rossy De Palma , Maria Barranco Veronica Forque) in screwball comedy style . Meantime a Police Inspector (Jose Sazatornil) and his botcher helper (Rafael Alvarez , El Brujo) are investigating the deeds .

This bemusing film contains funny situations , comedy , entertainment , amusement but is regularly developed . The picture is divided by some musical interludes with some players dancing Flamenco . This theme about Don Juan Tenorio was formerly treated by Mercero in a TV film titled ¨Don Juan¨ (1974) which won an award at the Festival of Montreux . Acceptable performance from Juan Luis Galiardo , a good actor , recently deceased , who had a long a prestigious career . Furthermore , there appears various Almodovar girls as Rossy De Palma , Veronica Forque , Maria Barranco and Loles Leon who holds the most amusing role as an actress who only communicates by means of Castañuelas . Colorful cinematography by Carlos Suarez , however being necessary a right remastering . Atmospheric soundtrack by Bernando Bonezzi and full of flamenco music .

The motion picture was professionally directed by Antonio Mercero but with some flaws and resulted to be a failure at Spanish Box office . Mercero is a author of great success TV series and several award-winning films . In 1970 he started working for TV as he shot several documentaries and some chapters for the series "Crónicas Un Pueblo" or ¨Chronicles of a village¨(1971) , a big hit in Spain despite its deep ideological content, risky for the period it was made in ; and specially successful was ¨the phone booth¨ (1970) (TV), which won 10 national and international awards, including the Emmy Award in 1973. Then he realized ¨Los Pajaritos¨ (1973), ¨Gioconda is sad¨ (1975), the series "Ese Señor de Negro" or ¨That man in black¨ (1975), La Noche del Licenciado (1978), and his three biggest hit smashes : ¨Turno Oficio¨ TV series about advocates in law , "Blue summer , Verano Azul" (1978) which became a sociological phenomenon and "Farmacia de Guardia" (1990) about an Apotheke . Other important films directed by Mercero were ¨Hora de Valientes ¨(1998) has been defined by himself as a 'realistic tragicomedy, a romantic history, a historic fresco and a socio-political fable'. Today, he still works for TV as ¨Manolito Gafotas¨ series and some of his latest work in cinema have been ¨Guerra De Papa¨, ¨Esperame en Cielo¨ a parody about a Franco's double , ¨The treasure¨ and ¨Floor 4ª¨ (2002) a film about children with cancer treated with a touch of humor . His last film was ¨? Y Tu Quién Eres?¨ about Alzheimer illness and starred by Manuel Alexandre . Rating : Passable , 5'5 .

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Genres

Comedy | Romance

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Release Date:

24 August 1990

Language

Spanish


Country of Origin

Spain

Filming Locations

Madrid, Spain

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