directed by Pablo Berger
Spain / Denmark 2003

 

Based on a true story, “Torremolinos 73” is one of the best films ever made on the subject of making film, more precisely artistic vision vs. commercial interests.

The year is 1973. The location is Spain. Franco is still in power. Alfredo (Javier Cámara) is a traveling encyclopedia salesman. Very unsuccessful. And when his boss informs him, that sales have dropped to basically 0%, he accepts an offer to make educational films about married life and procreation for Danish World Encyclopedia of Reproduction, he reluctantly accepts, unaware that the films are aimed at the Scandinavian pornography market.

Naïve about the reality of these films, they rekindle the marriage of Alfredo and Carmen. The making of the films brings back sex, and the variations in role play brings back fun. And with the success of the films comes money. Soon the only thing Carmen needs is a baby.

Meanwhile Carmen (Candela Peña) is becoming an international sex symbol and Alfredo is becoming obsessed with cinema, especially the films by Bergman. As he has made his boss a lot of money, he talks him into producing an art house film, in black and white and full of symbolism. The deal is that as payment they receive an adopted child.

However the boss has no intentions of losing money on some art house film, so he rewrites the script to include several sex scenes. Alfredo refuses, but Carmen agrees, as she wants a son and a normal life. In the end, both are forced to sell out and make one final pornographic film.

An overlooked gem about cinema.

Henrik Sylow

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Theatrical Release: April 26, 2003 (Malaga Film Festival)

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DVD Review: Tartan - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow for the Review!

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Tartan

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:27:33 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.70 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Spanish, 5.1 Dolby Digital Spanish, DTS Spanish
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Original Theatrical Trailer (1:19 / 4:3)
• Making Of (28:16 / 4:3)
• Three Spanish TV Spots (0:36 / 4:3)

DVD Release Date: September 26, 2005
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Comments The image is identical to the Danish DVD by Scanbox. The film itself is very grainy and very "bleak" in its color composition. The DVD presentation have clearly visible artifacts, but due to the nature of the film, it is very hard to say how much is based on compression or stock.

Standard for Tartan, three soundtracks from 2.0 Dolby Digital to DTS comes along. A bit overdoing it for this sort of film. The sound is clear.

Aside trailer and TV spots, a good 30-minutes "making of" featurette with interviews and comments is added. It is quiet good and adds alot of details towards the film.

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 






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