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¡Ay, Carmela!

 

A film by Carlos Saura

 

1990, Spain, Drama/Comedy, 102 min.

Starring: Carmen Maura, Andres Pajares, Gabino Diego, Maurizio de Razza

Based on the play by José Sanchis Sinisterra

 

 

Wednesday, October 24, 7pm – FREE!

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC)

600 River Street [Map]

 

Presented as part of the series "Transitions in Spanish Cinema: Spain from the 1930's to the present." [Read more]

 

 

 

Carmela (Carmen Maura) and Paulino (Andrés Pajares), are a couple of vaudeville artists who perform for the Republican troops during the Spanish Civil War. When in an impulse they decide to travel to Valencia, along with Gustavete (Gabino Diego), a traumatized youth who they've picked up on the road, its not too long before they are captured by the Nationalist army of Francisco Franco. Deprived of their property, they are imprisoned among a group of Polish fighters who had joined the International Brigades to defend the Republican cause. But Carmela, Paulino and Gustavete are summoned by Lt. Ripamonte (Maurizio De Raza), an italian theater director who joined Mussolini's fascist government and was sent to Spain to fight with the Nationalist troops. Under Ripamonte's wing, the performers remodel the dilapidated Teatro Goya to present their spectacle and entertain the upper crust of the Nationalist troops. When the Polish prisoners are brought in to witness the show before being executed, the artists will have to decide whether they are willing to compromise their political and artistic ideals in order to save their lives.

 

Carmela (Carmen Maura) y Paulino (Andrés Pajares) son comediantes que se dedican a entretener a los soldados Republicanos durante la Guerra Civil Española. Cuando en un impulso deciden viajar a Valencia, acompañados de Gustavete (Gabino Diego), un muchacho traumatizado que se les ha unido en el camino; no llegarán muy lejos antes de ser capturados por la guardia nacionalista de Francisco Franco. Privados de sus pertenencias, caen presos entre un grupo de soldados polacos que se han unido a las Brigadas Internacionales para defender la causa republicana. Pero Carmela, Paulino y Gustavete son convocados por el teniente Ripamonte (Maurizio De Raza), un director de teatro italiano que se unió al gobierno fascista de Mussolini y fue enviado a España para luchar junto a las tropas nacionalistas. Bajo la protección de Ripamonte, los artistas remodelan el dilapidado Teatro Goya para presentar su espectáculo y entretener a la crema y nata de las tropas nacionalistas. Al ver que los prisioneros polacos son forzados a presenciar el espectáculo antes de ser ejecutados, los artistas tendrán que decidir si están dispuestos a comprometer sus ideales políticos y artísticos para salvar sus vidas.

 

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Carlos Saura

 

 

 

 

¡Ay, Carmela!

Spain, Drama, 1990
102 mins, 35mm, Color
In Spanish with English subtitles
 

Cast

Carmen Maura – Carmela

Andres Pajares – Paulino

Gabino Diego – Gustavete

Maurizio De Razza – Teniente Ripamonte

Jose Sancho¹ – Capitán

Mario De Candia – Bruno

 

Credits

 

Directed by Carlos Saura

Writers Rafael Azcona Jose Sanchis Sinisterra (Play), Carlos Saura

Produced by Andres Vicente Gomez

Original Music by Alejandro Masso

Cinematographer: Jose Luis Alcaine

Editor: Pablo G. del Amo

Production Designer: Rafael Palmero

Costume Designers: Mercedes Sanchez Rau

Make Up: Paquita Nuñez (hair stylist), Jose Antonio Sanchez (makeup artist)

Production Manager: Victor Albarran

Production Companies: Iberoamericana Films Internaciona, TVE, Ellepi Films

 

 

Program Notes

 

 

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