Amor brujo, El

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  • Drama, Foreign, Melodrama, Music, Romance , produced in 1986 Spain
  • Actors: Antonio Gades, Cristina Hoyos, Laura Del Sol, Juan Antonio Jiménez
  • Directed by: Carlos Saura
  • Rating: 7.2 out of 10
  • Plot Summary: The third film in Carlos Saura's flamenco dance trilogy, LOVE, THE MAGICIAN (EL AMOR BRUIJO) opens with two drunken men arranging for the marriage of their children. Another boy stands off to the side watching. As the credits roll, his face slowly changes into that of an adult man, Carmelo (Antonio Gades) at the wedding of the now grown children. But in the meantime a love triangle has developed. Carmelo loves the bride, Candela (Christina Hoyos), but she loves Jose (Juan Antonio Jimenez), the boy it was arranged for her to marry. And, although unbeknownst to Candela, Jose loves Lucia (Laura del Sol). After the wedding dances, Jose goes to the campfire to dance with Lucia. Enraged that Jose would come to dance with Lucia on the night of the wedding to his beloved Candela, Carmelo kills him with a knife in a tensely choreographed dance of death. After four years in prison, Carmelo returns to find that Candela is being visited by the ghost of Jose. Carmelo's challenge is to break their bond and win Candela back for himself.

    Shot on an indoor sound stage in a highly stylized manner, Saura reunites the three leads from CARMEN in this production of the flamenco ballet of Manuel de Falla choreographed by Antonio Gades.
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