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Los culpables (1962)

A businessman whose company is bankrupt decides to fake his own death with the complicity of his wife and her lover, a doctor who will be responsible for signing the death certificate. So ... See full summary »


Josep Maria Forn (as José María Forn)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susana Campos ... Arlette
Yves Massard Yves Massard ... Dr. Andrés Laplaza
Tomás Blanco ... Pablo Ibáñez
Ana María Noé ... Dueña de la tienda de telas
Félix Fernández ... Comisario Ruiz
Carmen Mejías Carmen Mejías ... Gloria
Luis Induni ... Juan
Ena Sedeño ... Madrina de Salvador
Joaquín Navales Joaquín Navales ... Luis
Roberto Samsó Roberto Samsó ... Corresponsal compañía de seguros
Consuelo de Nieva ... Amiga de Arlette
Salvador Muñoz Salvador Muñoz ... Juez
Florencio Calpe Florencio Calpe ... Director del banco
Juan Fernández Juan Fernández ... Forense
Gonzalo Medel Gonzalo Medel ... Hombre que da el pésame


A businessman whose company is bankrupt decides to fake his own death with the complicity of his wife and her lover, a doctor who will be responsible for signing the death certificate. So he can collect a life insurance of five million pesetas, and the lovers will have the free way to get married. Written by jsanchez

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27 June 1963 (Mexico) See more »

Filming Locations:

Girona, Catalonia, Spain

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Teide P.C. See more »
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A compellingly realized film that stunningly brings most of the roles of the classsic Noir
11 September 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A well made and competently performed production with some spotlights as the splendid music , the black/white photography , the subjective sight point at a twisted criminal plot . A good thriller containing exciting scenes , atmostheric photography , and urban environment , usual to Noir film . An entrepreneur called Paco Ibáñez (Tomas Blanco) whose enterprise is bankrupt decides to fake his own death with a special complicity , as submitting to his spouse and lover to a sentimental blackmail . As his main accomplices result to be his wife Arlette (Susana Campos) and her lover, a doctor named Andrés Laplaza (Yves Massard) in charge of signing his death . So he can collect a life insurance of five million pesetas, and the lovers will have the free way to get married . All of them are engaged into a daring swindle they hope will be the beginning of a new life . But things go awry when they are blackmailed by a suspicious old woman (Ana Maria Noe) and a Police Inspector (Felix Fernández) investigates the weird deeds .

The picture is developed with suspense , emotion , and the intriguing events are unfolded with absolute logic until the final outcome . An effective, properly made and nicely interpreted production and also contributing occasionally some novelties , including social aspects , social corruption , money evasion to Switzerland and many other things . Based on a play by Jaime Salom that had success , as national as international : Europe and South America . Ives Massard -who worked in ¨Calle Mayor¨- gives a good acting as an unfortunate but ambitious young Doctor and desiring to improve his existence and to earn a lot of money by whatsever mean . As usual by the Francoist time , the adulterous woman is played by a foreign woman , here the gorgeous Susana Campos . Outstanding the attractive presence of Susana Campos who has an international and Hollywood aspect but she was born in Argentina , she plays a Femme fatale using her sex-pot attractive. Along with a decent support cast such as the veteran Tomás Blanco as the suspect businessman , Ana María Noé , Luis Induni , Gerad Tichy , and Félix Fernández .

This nice film belongs to the Spanish Noir Film whose main center was in Barcelona ; other great titles also located within a Barcelona production are "Distrito Quinto" (Julio Coll,1957), ¨Brigada criminal¨(1950) Ignacio F Iquino , ¨Un vaso de Whisky¨(Julio Coll) , or "A Tiro Limpio" (1963), by Francisco Pérez-Dolz , or ¨A sangre fría¨ (1959) by Juan Bosch , ; besides , ¨091 Policia al habla¨ by Jose Maria Forque and the best Noir resulted to be "Los Peces Rojos".The usual characters respond to the classic archetypes from Film Noir : a young and ambitious man who will be responsible for signing the death certificate become involved into criminal life , an evil woman , a Femme fatale , who maneuvers on her own using his beauty ; and some professional criminals predisposed to crime and the ordinary treason .

Being masterfully photographed in Noir style by Ricardo Albiñana , full of ligts and shades . Mostly filmed in atmospheric scenarios on location in Gerona under intense rain , and others nearly places , as well as interiors filmed in IFI (Ignacio F Iquino) studios . Enjoyable and atmospheric musical score by Federico Martinez Tudo .The motion picture was compellingly directed by Josep Maria Forn , being well paced , but imitating the American Noir . However , being a real flop , as boxoffice as critics. . It was contemptuously deemed and unjustly forgotten , but nowsadays, being well valued . He managed to make a fluid and filled with intrigue , twits , turns ; and in average but enough budget . After failing with ¨Muerte al Atardecer¨(1959) Forn attempt to rise his production Company ¨Teide¨ and he made this film . Forn is a good writer and director, known for ¿Pena de muerte? , 1961 La vida privada de Fulano de Tal , 1960 La rana verde ,, 1963 José María , La piel quemada (1967), La barca sin pescador , 1963 La ruta de los narcóticos , Subjúdice (1998) and El coronel Macià (2006) , among others .


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