Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Spain/France, 1981. Emiliano Piedra. Screenplay by Antonio Gades, Alfred Manas, Carlos Saura, based on the play by Federico García Lorca. Cinematography by Teo Escamilla. Produced by Emiliano Piedra. Music by Emilio de Diego. Production Design by Rafael Palmero. Film Editing by Pablo G. del Amo. Toronto International Film Festival 1981.
The famous play by Federico Garcia Lorca is taken by Carlos Saura and set to flamenco music with almost successful results. The complex play, essentially about two lovers during the Spanish Civil War who are unable to be together because of various circumstances, has been pared down to a minimal performance by a dance group who perform beautifully. Saura employs a flat, uninteresting look that constantly undermines the richly beautiful music but dance enthusiasts will enjoy it, while admirers of Lorca’s might not.