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Los placeres ocultos (1977)

| Drama | April 1986 (USA)
A closeted banker, middle-aged and successful, falls madly in love with a poor but handsome 18-year-old student with devastating consequences for the young man. An updating of Death in ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eduardo (as Simón Andréu)
Beatriz Rossat ...
Antonio Corencia ...
Ángel Pardo ...
Nes (as Angel Pardo)
Padre de Carmen
Mirón en el parque
Ana Farra ...
Madre de Eduardo
Amigo de Eduardo
Pilar Vela ...
Carmen Luján ...
Madre de Carmen
Antonio Vico ...
Hijo de Ignacio
Amparo Climent ...
Hija de Ignacio
Fabián Conde ...
Vendedor de la moto


A closeted banker, middle-aged and successful, falls madly in love with a poor but handsome 18-year-old student with devastating consequences for the young man. An updating of Death in Venice. Written by Jim Stark

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Typical sordid and depressing movie from Eloy De La Iglesia with good cast as Simón Andréu and Charo López
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A strong tale of forbidden love in which a wealthy but undercover gay falls for a young boy . Eduardo (Simón Andréu) is a closeted , middle-aged and successful banker . But he is really homosexual who hires rent boys and teenage hustlers . As Eduardo has several trysts with very young rent boys and later on , he becomes involved with nasty blackmailers . The banker falls for the young Miguel (Tony Fuentes) and brings him into his life and although the physical attraction is only one way , Miguel is accepting of the situation and even Eduardo carries his girlfriend (Beatriz Rossat) into the arrangement . As the latter discovers himself Miguel is passionately in love with the young girl . The three seem to be working it out when the realities of the outside world intrude . Eduardo starts bringing the young man into his life and they foolishly embark on a peculiar relationship and the risks escalate . Then , Eduardo is blackmailed by a group of delinquents and Miguel's elderly lover (Charo López) and to compromise the prominent banker as sexually as non-sexually . And ultimately happens the discovery of the scandal at the bank . At the final point the film abruptly finishes when things go wrong.

This is a provoking story in which bourgeois world collides with gay underworld and full of forbidden loves , blackmail , violence , and treason . Being realised during the troublesome period when the known ¨Spanish Transition¨ took place . This dramatic film deals with a twisted loving triangle , as Eduardo falls madly in love with a poor but handsome 18-year-old student with devastating consequences for the young man . Simón Andréu gives a fine performance as a successful banker and closeted homosexual , and acceptable acting by Tony Fuentes as a poor Spanish boy who's heterosexual . It displays a twisted , extreme and curious screenplay by Gonzalo Goicoechea , and Eloy De La Iglesia , both of them collaborated extensively on various films . Support cast are pretty good , such as : German Cobos , Felix Rotateta , Antonio Iranzo , Fabian Conde , and finally Queta Claver and Angel Pardo , both of whom played in ¨La Corea¨ and Pardo in the same gay role . In addition , some ¨Destape¨ or nudist actresses , such as : Carmen Platero , Josele Román and Charo López herself . Atmospheric cinematography by Carlos Suarez , shot in Madrid , but a perfect remastering being extremely necessary because of the film-copy is worn-out. Evocative and adequate musical score by Carmelo A. Bernaola .

"Los Placeres Prohibidos" or ¨Hidden Pleasures¨-International title- was regularly directed by Eloy De La Iglesia . Most his films dealt with sex including shots of nude males , homosexuality , politics and forbidden lovers . De La Iglesia was a notorious communist militant , drug addict and homosexual , these personal characteristics were widely shown in his films . Eloy was a talented Spanish movies director , he began working in cinema in 1966 , at his 22 years old , he debuted in a kiddies production , ¨Fantasy 3¨(66) . Following a sordid melodrama ¨Algo Amargo En La Boca¨ (67) and a boxing story , ¨Cuadrilatero¨(69) with boxer José Legrá . De La Iglesia realizes a lot of thrilling pictures with erotic background as ¨Techo Cristal¨(70) , ¨Nadie Oyó Gritar¨ (72) , ¨Gota Sangre Para Seguir Amando¨ (73) , and scabrous/erotic tales as ¨Juegos Amor Prohibido¨(75) , ¨Otra Alcoba¨ (76) , and La Criatura dealing with zoophilia . And concerning youthful gay : ¨Placeres Ocultos¨(76) , ¨El Sacerdote¨(78) and politicians : ¨The Deputy ¨, ¨Mujer Del Ministro¨ . Although he became notorious in the years of the Spanish transition to democracy with shocking and polemic films as ¨El Pico 1¨ and 2¨ , ¨Cólegas¨ , ¨Navajeros¨, ¨La Estanquera De Vallecas¨ (87) being written by Gonzalo Goicoechea about drug world in big cities . All of them dealt with druggies , dope sellers , delinquency , terrorism , underworld suburban and generational problems are the habitual subjects in his films , and specially dedicated to the underworld of heroin ; as well as the gay world . Passing of time hasn't had mercy with most of those movies , but they represented a time and a way of life in the history of Spain ; and now they may seem a little bit naive . His last films were an uneven comedy/denounce : ¨Miedo A Salir De Noche¨, an academic rendition based on Henry James' novel : ¨The turn of the screw¨ and ¨Los Novios Búlgaros¨.

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