Category Archives: Vicente Aranda

Highbrow destape: “La muchacha de las bragas de oro” [1980 Spain]

If Vicente Aranda’s groundbreaking exploration of sexual identity in “Cambio de sexo” made destape (a Spanish ‘Glasnost’ of sorts during and after Dictator Franco’s final years, when censorship was relaxed) purposeful, his next feature, “La muchacha de las bragas … Continue reading

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A film review: “El amante bilingüe” [1993 Spain]

Vicente Aranda isn’t particularly renowned for comedy, because he hardly makes any – passionate melodrama is his preferred cup of tea. That’s why “El amante bilingüe” [Eng. Title: The Bilingual Lover] stands out in his filmography, for trying to … Continue reading

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Jealousy and Consequence explained in “Celos” [1999 Spain]

Vicente Aranda has never been known to mince words, at least as far as his films were concerned – he relishes exposing dirt from under the carpet, and his drama “Celos” [Eng. Title: Jealousy] is no different – Spanish … Continue reading

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Victoria Abril & Maribel Verdú in “Amantes” [1991 Spain]

Having been fortunate to have gone through most of Vicente Aranda’s filmography, I can safely opine that this veteran director loves women and has great respect for their role in Spanish society. The ubiquitously named 1991 drama “Amantes” [Eng. … Continue reading

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Ana Belén in “La Pasión Turca” [1994 Spain]

Veteran Catalan director Vicente Aranda’s passionate melodrama, “La Pasión Turca” [Eng. Title: Turkish Passion] is probably not the best way to start the filmography of Ana Belén, one of Spain’s important singer-actresses, who was also one of the faces … Continue reading

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