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by José Luis Garci


There is no story line to this film. It is not so much an etching as a folder of those "while you wait" portraits painted by artists down on their luck (and low on talent in some cases) in the Madrid streets c.1950. The "capital of the Empire" was then more then ever the breakwater of Spain. A grey breakwater with "the grey cops", still with rationing, tender and cruel, poor even in its joy, convalescent (with a slight fever at dusk) but also picaresque, festive and surrealist. All in all a merry-go-round of survivors and we are their heirs whether we like it or not.

international title: Tiovivo c. 1950
original title: Tiovivo c. 1950
country: Spain
year: 2004
genre: fiction
directed by: José Luis Garci
film run: 150'
release date: ES 01/10/2004
screenplay: Horacio Valcárcel, José Luis Garci
cast: Alfredo Landa, Fernando Guillén Cuervo, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Antonio Dechent, Ana Fernández, Elsa Pataki, María Adánez
cinematography by: Raúl Pérez Cubero
film editing: José Luis Garci
costumes designer: Lourdes de Orduña
music: Pablo Cervantes
production: Telemadrid, Fundación Madrid Film Commission
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