Saludos el día de hoy me uno al Concurso para hablar de mi película clásica favorita, esta película que nunca me cansaría de ver, a nivel personal me gustan muchas películas viejas, no soy una experta pero puedo decir que he visto un número importante de estas y siempre me dejan fascinada, sobre todo por el contraste que existe con las temáticas y estilo de las producciones actuales. Me gustaría invitar a participar a @Tsunsica
Greetings, today I join the Contest to talk about my favorite classic movie, this movie that I would never get tired of seeing, on a personal level I like many old movies, I am not an expert but I can say that I have seen a significant number of these and they always leave me fascinated, especially because of the contrast that exists with the themes and style of current productions. I would like to invite @Tsunsica to participate
El diablo es una mujer (1935) / The devil is a woman
There are two main reasons that led me to see this film for the first time years ago, one of these is the leading actress Marlene Dietrich whom I already knew for her music and of course for her photos and video of her youth where she seemed like a goddess full of exoticism, sensuality and talent, the second reason is the subject of research that I had for my plastic work for many years while I was studying Arts at the university, at that time I was working on the subject of the legends of my hometown, among them there was the legend of a woman who was like a black widow who fulfilled the archetype of femme fatale, therefore I read a lot about this archetype and without a doubt there was an immediate relationship with some women who became famous within the theatrical musical culture and film since the beginning of the last century, that's why, coinciding with both interests, I saw this film and it became one of my favorites.
The context of the film is Spain although it is an American film, it is the story of Concha Pérez, a young woman who worked in a tobacco company (something common at the time), she has an exuberant beauty and a very lively personality that puts any man to his feet just as it happened with the young Antonio Galvan, a Spanish revolutionary who lives in exile but returns to Spain hoping to go unnoticed at the Carnival celebration, there he sees Concha for the first time and is struck by it, she leaves him a note to a furtive encounter but before attending this young man asks an ex-civil guard captain and old friend for his opinion, this is Don Pascual who warns him that he knows Concha and that it is for his own good that he better stay away from her, he begins to tell her that his life fell into disgrace when he met Concha Pérez and the film flashes back to all those events
Don Pascual had fallen in love with Concha a long time ago and she only used him to get money and rudely made him look ridiculous and did not accept his proposals, she was a girl who worked at the tobacco company, she always seemed to be someone who needed to be protected but in reality she knew very well how to solve her affairs, she was very free and also very cheerful, on several occasions she allowed herself to be courted by Don Pascual but at the same time she did not promise him anything or allow herself to be bowed down by the economic power and status of Don Pascual , she did what she wanted and that drove Pascual crazy, who was a man much older than her, that's why Don Pascual's reputation was affected and he resigned from his position.
One of my favorite scenes was the scene in which Concha sings a song, she is working making presentations for a lady who owns a tavern, of course this lady is in charge of getting money from Pascual to let her singer Concha go, who attracts to many clients, once again Concha feels free again but not to be tied to Pascual, the song is very funny but one of the particularities of this film is that it does not fall into the ridiculous, that is where I rescue the magnificent performance of Marlene Dietrich.
After hearing the story, Antonio promises Don Pascual not to go to meet Concha, but it is a lie, he goes and Pascual finds them together, so much is the annoyance that he challenges him to a duel, I would not like to give you spoilers about the outcome but it is very unexpected.
This movie was very controversial in its time, I think that even today many women want the femme fatale archetype to be erased as just a man-eater, since obviously women struggle to be seen as more than a simple object of male desire. , but the reasons why this film was banned was that according to the Spanish regime of those years this American film showed a bad image of the Spanish police, which in my opinion is not true, I think that film could have been set in any country and the result would be the same, that is, the romance forms the main pillar of the film and the other pillar follows the comedy, although it is so special that it is not like a joke. Today I give thanks to the fact that many years later, Marlene Dietrich herself gave her only copy of the film so that it could be disseminated, as I was able to learn from web articles at the time I saw it, if this had not happened, this great film would have stayed unrevealed for subsequent generations.
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I hope you liked it. I invite you to read my next publications and I will always be willing to answer your questions and comments, you can also follow me and contact me on any of my social networks. Thank you!