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Long Live the Bride and Groom (1970)

¡Vivan los novios! (original title)
Leo travels with his mother to a touristic Mediterranean spot in order to marry his girlfriend Loli. However, the funny and open minded girls from Northern Europe make Leo reconsider his plans.

Director:

Luis García Berlanga (as Luis G. Berlanga)

Writers:

Rafael Azcona (story), Luis García Berlanga (story) (as Luis G. Berlanga) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
José Luis López Vázquez ... Leonardo Pozas
Laly Soldevila Laly Soldevila ... Loli (as Lali Soldevila)
José María Prada ... Pepito
Manuel Alexandre ... Carlos
Xavier Vivé Xavier Vivé ... Pedro Calonge
Teresa Gisbert Teresa Gisbert ... Doña Trinidad (as Teresa Gisbet)
Jane Fellner Jane Fellner ... Pintora irlandesa
Gela Geisler Gela Geisler ... Alemana rubia
Romy Romy ... Nadia (as Romi)
Luis Ciges ... Cura (as José Luis Ciges)
Víctor Israel ... Vicente
Juan Torres Juan Torres ... Manolo
Francisco Jarque Francisco Jarque ... Señor Fuentes
Amalia Martinez Del Campo Amalia Martinez Del Campo ... (as Amalia Martínez del Campo)
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Leo travels with his mother to a touristic Mediterranean spot in order to marry his girlfriend Loli. However, the funny and open minded girls from Northern Europe make Leo reconsider his plans.

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"Long Live the Bride and Groom" is a nice Berlanga film , full of satire , criticism , black comedy and fun things
3 November 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Another excellent film by the notorious filmmaker Luis Garcia Berlanga who shows the lively as well as sad existence of a middle-aged man . Black comedy set in Catalunya with amusing situations , silly roles and far-fetched events . Adding a relentless critical to Catholic religion , sour urban conventionality and against the extreme religious practices . It deals with Leo (José Luis López Vázquez) who travels to a Mediterranean town , Sitges , with his elderly mummy (Xavier Vive) in order to marry his girlfriend Loli (Laly Soldevilla) . There , Leo meets her two brothers , the rogue Pepito (José María Prada) and the amnesic Carlos (Manuel Alexandre). However , the funny and open minded women from Northern Europe make Leo reconsider his plans , being overwhelmed by the troublesome circumstances , he then gets involved into a grotesque mockery .

This is an enjoyable story that contains busy comedy , humor , frantic pace , blatant critical against the Spanish repression , amusing gags , rowdy satire , noisy hustle and results to be pretty entertaining . Black humor gives way to strange as well as hilarious situations , closely followed by embarrassing events that doesn't take long in coming to a head in an ending pandemonium . It is so excessive and outrageous that blends mayhem , as well as a funny script by the prestigious Rafael Azcona , along with the same Berlanga , full of dark humor , entertainment , and exciting situations . This is not the typical comedy by that time , here there is a brief social denounce about the repression and excessive religion during Franco dictatorship . The picture displays a sour critique to ¨Landismo¨ sub-genre , this peculiar genre starred by Alfredo Landa . This is a funny portrait of a repressed man who arrives in a touristic Mediterranean spot , surrounded by Swedish girls in bikinis , as he is living an existential drama when he becomes involved with a ¨Amour Fou¨ to a beautiful Irish girl and suddenly his mother dies , being trapped into a twisted mess . Awesome interpretation by José Luis López Vazquez as a lascivious 40-ish suitor , now forced to face the death his mother and overwhelmed by the circumstances as well as obligated by his girlfriend , all of them set up an uproar as well as pretentious caper to hide her . This issue about a deceased parent and whose family carries out an astute plan to seem to be alive has been adapted other times in the Spanish cinema , such as : ¨Carne De Gallina¨ (2002) by Javier Maqua ,¨Amador¨ (2010) by Fernando León De Aranoa , and ¨Carmina o Revienta¨ (2012) by Paco León . The movie displays a Spanish secondary star-studded who give top-drawer performances , such as : Laly Soldevilla , José María Prada , and Manuel Alexandre . Furthermore , the prolific secondary Víctor Israel , and as a stiff-upper-lipped priest the great Luis Ciges who is Berlanga's ordinary .

Direction by Luis Garcia Berlanga is very good , he shows his skill for edition , realizing long shots with crowd who moves easily . Berlanga filmed several polemic movies during the 50s , all of them were beset by difficulties with the censors caused by real critical to social stratum such as ¨Bienvenido Mister Marshall¨ (1953) , a very good film which tended not to be very well received by the censor for its acidity and considered to be one of the best Spanish films of the history ; however, his strong portrait of Spanish society , plenty of sharpness , didn't please the pro-Franco authorities . His next joint venture was ¨Los Jueves, Milagro¨ (1957), it was modified by the censors and delayed for several years before its eventual release . Later on , Berlanga made one of his best films ¨Placido¨ (1961) masterfully played by Cassen , this is the film debut for the great producer Alfredo Matas and received an Oscar nomination in 1963 , being well-received at the International Festivals , reviewing the useless charity , it's a sublime film but with censorship realized by this great maestro Luis Garcia Berlanga . He continued filming other interesting pictures as in 1973 he went to Paris to begin filming ¨Grandeur nature¨ with Michael Piccoli , another problematic film , focusing this time on the fetishism of a man who falls in love with a doll . Several years later , after Franco's death, he filmed a trilogy comprising ¨La Escopeta Nacional¨ (1978), ¨Patrimonio Nacional¨ (1981) and ¨Nacional III¨ (1982), where he clarified the evident disorders in the Spanish upper , middle-class upon being confronted with a new political status quo , realizing a sour denounce of the Spanish society . Berlanga ulteriorly shot a peculiar film titled ¨La Vaquilla¨ (1985) plenty of Spanish-star-cast and set in the Spanish Civil War , resulting to be the first time dealing with this convulsive period in comedy style . Following the same themes, he went on filming coral films such as ¨Moros and Cristianos¨ and ¨Todos a Carcel¨ (1993) that won three Goya Awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Sound ; being his final film : ¨Paris Tombuctu¨. ¨Viva Los Novios¨ rating : 7/10 , Good . Essential and indispensable watching for Berlanga aficionados . Better than average and well worth seeing .


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20 April 1970 (Spain) See more »

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