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Fair of the Dove (1963)

La verbena de la Paloma (original title)
The narrator of the film explains to us that the Madrid of today keeps its old structure. To confirm it, the film begins with a story based on modern characters, but soon jumps 70 years ... See full summary »


Ricardo de la Vega (libretto) (as Ricardo de la Vega), José Luis Sáenz de Heredia (adaptation)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Concha Velasco ... Susana / Mari Loli (as Conchita Velasco)
Vicente Parra ... Julián
Miguel Ligero ... Don Hilarión
Ángel Garasa ... Tabernero
Mercedes Vecino ... Señá Rita
Milagros Leal ... Tía Antonia
Irán Eory ... Casta / Merche
Félix Fernández ... Don Sebastián
Silvia Solar Silvia Solar ... Balbina
Alfredo Landa ... Manolo
Mary Begoña ... Encarna
Antonio Ferrandis ... Vendedor de 'la juerga padre'
Modesto Blanch Modesto Blanch ... Paco - el cochero
Adrián Ortega Adrián Ortega ... Guardia en mercado #1
Miguel Ángel Ferriz ... Don Lucio (as Miguel Angel Ferris)




The narrator of the film explains to us that the Madrid of today keeps its old structure. To confirm it, the film begins with a story based on modern characters, but soon jumps 70 years back into the past and the argument follows the spanish "zarzuela" "La Verbena de la Paloma". Written by Miguel A. Andrade <andrade@gredos.cnb.uam.es>

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La Verbena de la Paloma
Music by Tomás Bretón
Lyrics by Ricardo de la Vega
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Fun adaptation based on famous Spanish 'Zarzuela' dealing with a little love drama between Julián, an honest typesetter, and 'chulapa' Susana
7 December 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

La Verbena De La Paloma (The fair of the dove) is an 1894 Zarzuela with a libretto by Ricardo De la Vega and music by Tomás Bretón . The work premiered in Madrid in 1894 and produced a great success for the authors , leading quickly to a debut in South America where it premiered the same year in Buenos Aires . This is the third cinematographic retelling , being exhibited in 1963 , realised by José Luis Sáenz Heredia , produced by Benito Perojo and Cesareo Gonzalez/Suevia Films ; it was starred by a great cast as Concha Velasco , Irán Eory , Vicente Parra y Miguel Ligero Rodríguez . Orchestra direction at charge of Gregorio García Segura, who had opportunity to add musicalization , a musical theme that was used in the final scene . The narrator of the film explains to us that the Madrid of today keeps its old structure . To confirm it , the film begins with a tale based on modern roles , but soon jumps 70 years back into the past and the plot follows the Spanish "Zarzuela" , the most known : "La Verbena De la Paloma" . It concerns about the beautiful brunette Susana (Concha Velasco) and her sister blonde Casta (Iran Eory) , who live with their aunt Antonia (Milagros Leal) , an old little matchmaker , flirt with the apothecary , Boticario Don Hilarión (Miguel Ligero) , a rogue old man who gets his hopes up , not realizing that the two girls just want to have fun playing with him . This game causes Julián's (Vicente Parra) jealousy , always staffed by maternal and adviser Señá Rita (Mercedes Vecino) . After some adventures in the festival , the old man is mocked and love triumphs between Julián and Susana .

It has a prologue and an epilogue in which the same director Heredia gives a praise about the classical characters , stating they are still alive along the time . The staging is very well achieved and we can watch some surprising sequences , as the fight between "Don Hilarion" and "Julian" and the splendid recreation of the old fairground . Lavish and nice production design by the prestigious Enrique Alarcón . Including unforgettable dances and immortal songs such as ¨Donde Vas Con Mantón De Manila¨... It has a superb cast that gets over-the-top performances . There stands out Concha Velasco who sings and dances magnificently and with great slickness . Special mention for Milagros Leal as grumpy , old spinster called aunt Antonia . And , of course , the great Miguel Ligero who steals the show as elderly pharmacist or ¨Boticario¨ , ¨Don Hilarion¨.

There are three cinematic versions of the ¨Dove Fair¨ . It was adapted for the cinema in 1921 by José Buchs . The first premiered in the Circo Price de Madrid , a silent film produced by Atlántida , and directed by José Buchs, it resulted to be a hit smash . This picture was even supported by the same Tomás Bretón . In the decade of the 1930s rekindled a deep interest for the ¨Género Chico¨. Being subsequently directed La Verbena De La Paloma (Paloma Fair) by a big production company , Cifesa , under direction by Benito Perojo (1935) . Made during the Spanish Republic , in black and white with some scenes in color, it was the first Spaniard picture to use Technicolor . It was starred by Raquel Rodrigo and Miguel Ligero . Both of them were shot in studio , while the 1963 rendition was partially shot in outdoors scenarios , being also produced by Benito Perojo and repeating Miguel Ligero . Furthermore , a TV version La Verbena De La Paloma (1996).

This Verbena De La Paloma was well directed by Jose Luis Saenz De Heredia . He was a controversial figure in Spain because of his strong and unabashed support of dictator Francisco Franco . At the beginning his career he was hired by Luis Buñuel , as executive producer , to direct ¨La Hija De Juan Simon¨ (1935) and ¨Quien Me Quiere a Mi¨ . During the Spanish Civil War , Jose Luis Heredia is detained but freed thanks to Luis Buñuel and Santiago Ontañon . Heredia directed various ¨Propaganda films¨ . It is well known the main title ¨Raza¨ written by General Francisco Franco under pseudonym : ¨Jaime Andrade¨ . As Jose Luis became the official filmmaker of the dictatorship , as he writes ¨Escuadrilla¨ (1941) . Posteriorly ,in the 40s , he directs several successful dramas : ¨El Escandalo¨ (43) based on Pedro Alarcón novel , ¨Mariona Rebull¨(1947) based on Ignacio Agusti book , ¨La Aguas Bajan Negras¨ based on Armanado Palacio Valdes , ¨El Destino Se Disculpa¨ based on Wenceslao Fernández Florez , ¨Don Juan¨ based on Don Juan Tenorio by Zorrilla , ¨Bambu¨ about the Cuba War and ¨¨Mies Es Mucha¨. In addition , a very good drama about Carlistas wars : ¨Diez Fusiles Esperan¨ . Heredia subsequently makes inferior comedies as ¨Grano De Mostaza¨, ¨Derechos De La Mujer¨ and ¨La Decente¨ . And various Manolo Escobar/Concha Velasco vehicles such as ¨Pero En Que País Vivimos¨, ¨Juicio De Faldas¨, Relaciones Casi Publicas ¨and ¨Me Debes Un Muerto¨. And other films for Paco Martínez Soria: ¨Se Armo El Belen¨, ¨Don Erre Que Erre¨. His greatest hits were ¨Historia De La Radio¨(1955) and this ¨La Verbena De La Paloma¨.

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Release Date:

19 March 1964 (Mexico) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Ciudad Lineal, Madrid, Spain

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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