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El alcalde de Zalamea (1954)

Based in Calderon de la Barca's drama "El alcalde de Zalamea".


José Gutiérrez Maesso (as J. G. Maesso)


Pedro Calderón de la Barca (play), José Gutiérrez Maesso (as José G. Maesso) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manuel Luna ... Pedro Crespo
Alfredo Mayo ... Don Álvaro
Isabel de Pomés ... Isabel
José Marco Davó ... Don Lope de Figueroa
Alberto Bové Alberto Bové ... Rebolledo
Mario Berriatúa ... Juan
Juanita Azores Juanita Azores ... Chispa
María Fernanda D'Ocón María Fernanda D'Ocón ... Inés
José Orjas ... Don Mendo
Casimiro Hurtado ... Eniges
José Prada ... Campanero
Francisco Bernal ... Campanero
Arturo Marín ... Escribano
Juan Vázquez Juan Vázquez ... Vendedor de telas
Manuel Guitián Manuel Guitián ... Primer alcalde
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A company of soldiers commanded by Captain don Álvaro de Ataide arrives in the Extremaduran town of Zalamea de la Serena (Badajoz, Spain) on the way to Portugal. The captain stays in the house of a rich farmer, Pedro Crespo, whose daughter Isabel is raped by don Álvaro. Pedro Crespo tries to remedy the situation persuading don Álvaro to marry Isabel, but don Álvaro rejects her because she doesn't belongs to the nobility. This contempt hurts the honor of the entire Crespo's family. When his neighbors elect him mayor, and even without having jurisdiction over the military, Pedro Crespo orders to arrest don Álvaro and makes him execute by hanging on the gallows. Finally, the king Philip II of Spain revises the decision of the mayor, ratifies it and names Pedro Crespo perpetual mayor of Zalamea. Written by jsanchez

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Interesting and well acted drama based on Pedro Calderon De La Barca' s play
30 May 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Nice adaptation based on the successful play El Alcalde de Zalamea , an excellent drama written by the prestigious writer Pedro Calderon de la Barca (1600-1681). It is a famous and very interpreted play written during the Spanish Gold Century , a masterpiece of the Baroque Literature and set in the Spain/Portugal war . It deals with a garrison of Spanish Tercios commanded by Don Lope : Jose Marco Davo heading for Portugal , as they stop at a village located in Extremadura : Zalamea . There captain Don Alvaro : Alfredo Mayo stands at Don Pedro Crespo's home . Don Pedro is an upright and extremely honorable man and has a beautiful and virginal daughter called Isabel : Isabel De Pomes . But Isabel is kidnapped and raped by Don Alvaro and Pedro Crespo asks him for marry her , as he saves his honour . During the family trauma Don Pedro is elected Mayor of Zalamea , but Don Alvaro renounces this engagement and Crespo seeks justice .

This is an enjoyable and well set drama with agreeable elements , fine performances , some brief parts of comedy , fencing and thoughtful events . The well known plot is nicely developed , being the argumental theme : the precious Honor . As Pedro Crespo very well performed by Manuel Luna tells the famous sentence : Honor is the valuable state of the spiritual soul and Soul is only God . Alfredo Mayo as the proud and egoistic captain Don Alvaro gives also a fine acting , as well as Jose Marco Davo as the commander Don Lope. Support cast is pretty good , full of known Spanish secondaries by that time , such as : Jose Orjas , Jose Prada, Maria Fernanda Docon , Bove , Arturo Marin , and special mention for Fernando Rey in a brief interpretation as King Felipe II .

The picture has adequate setting by the notorious designer Enrique Alarcon , including atmospheric cinematography by Sebastian Perera, and shot in Sevilla studios . And an evocative and sensitive musical score by Juan Quintero. The motion picture was professionally directed by Jose G Maesso . He was an important writer , producer and director . He made a few films as Sucedio en Sevilla , El gran crucero and Clan de inmorales. His essential labour was as a producer and writer . He created a powerful production company : Tecisa . As he made several coproductions as Scherezade, America rugiente , El diablo se lleva muertos , Sumario sangriento para Estefania , Coartada en disco rojo , Mayra and notorious Spaghetti Westerns as Django, Minessota Clay Tierra Brutal , los despiadados , El precio de un hombre , Zarabanda, and Pistoleros de casa grande. .

This Alcalde De Zalamea has been adapted in silent cinema 1914 by Juan Sola with Joaquin Carrasco , Enrique Jimenez ; and by Mario Camus 1973 : La Leyenda del Alcalde Zalamea with Francisco Rabal , Teresa Rabal , Antonio Iranzo , Julio Nuñez , Mario Pardo , Fernando Fernan Gomez , Luis Marin .

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25 January 1954 (Spain) See more »

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Cinesol, Águila Films See more »
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