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Spanish Fiesta (1942)

Approved | | Short, Music | 16 May 1942 (USA)
The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo perform a ballet to Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol."

Director:

Jean Negulesco
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo ... Ballet dancers
Léonide Massine ... Jealous Suitor
Tamara Toumanova ... Gypsy Fortune Teller
Alexandra Danilova ... Dancer
Frederic Franklin ... Dancer
Nathalie Krassovska Nathalie Krassovska ... Dancer
Andre Eglevsky ... Dancer
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Storyline

A narrator introduces us to the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, founded by Peter the Great in the 18th century. In full costume on a colorful set, villagers wait in old Spain for the golden hour of fiesta. A lovely Gypsy tells a young man's fortune; to celebrate, he leads a jota. That evening, the aristocrats dance in garden as fun-loving peasants look on. Steamy romance is in the air. The peasants enjoy a blindfold dance; the tempo then speeds up. At the Gypsy camp, a flame burns in the fortune-teller's heart. She and her jealous suitor, with the company,perform traditional Gypsy dances. Dancers in animal costumes look on and celebrate. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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dance | ballet | peasant | spain | garden | See All (17) »

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Short | Music

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Specials (1941-1942 season) #5: Spanish Fiesta See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ironic that the "Gay Parisian" (a feature WB film short released to movie theaters in 1941) would be paired as a bonus with "The Maltese Falcon" (the WB feature film released to theaters in 1941) - on the WB-DVD; The director of the two WB feature film dance shorts, one of Jean Negulesco's first film directorial assignments at Warner Brothers' Film Studio was "The Maltese Falcon." Previously Negulesco had been working as a second unit director on loan to Warner Brothers from Paramount Film Studios, Negulesco signed a WB contract, in 1940 until 1948, to direct short features. Between 1941 and 1944, Negulesco turned out a staple of shorts, generally of a musical nature and often featuring popular big bands, like those of Joe Reichman, Freddy Martin and Jan Garber. Negulesco's first feature film directing assignment was "The Maltese Falcon," replaced after two months with John Huston, coincidentally Huston's first directing job! John Huston had written the screen play adaption of "The Maltese Falcon," with back room politicking, replacing Negulesco. Warner Bros. added their feature-film short "Spanish Fiesta," paired with the WB/Bette Davis film DVD collection, as a bonus on the "This Is Our Life" DVD issue disc. See more »

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Referenced in Ballets Russes (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Capriccio Espagnol
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Spanish Fiesta as a wonderful musical short
28 June 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This is the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as directed by Jean Negulesco for Warner Bros. and The Vitaphone Company. A narrator tells the story as various male and female dancers then do their thing in glorious Technicolor. The whole thing seems to be about 30 minutes long. This was one of the extras on the Warner Night at the Movies link of the In This Our Life DVD. The print was in good enough condition. Oh, and there are some people in animal costumes at the end. There's supposed to be ten lines for this review to be submitted on this site but I'm running out of things to say. Maybe I'll just mention some newsreel footage also on the disc that shows celebs like Laruel & Hardy and Desi Arnaz shaking hands with some government officials and traveling in Washington, D.C. that I also enjoyed watching. Okay, so on that note, I recommend Spanish Fiesta.


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