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No desearás la mujer del vecino (1971)

Pedro and Mariano work in an advertising agency. Both are married but do not resist as they should the women who work in the company. Independent and very seductive women who raise the suspicions of the wives of the two friends.

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Fernando Merino
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Cast

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Alfredo Landa ... Pedro
Sylva Koscina ... Susana (as Silvia Koscina)
Ira von Fürstenberg ... Inés (as Ira de Furstemberg)
Aldo Giuffrè ... Mariano (as Aldo Giuffre)
Mari Carmen Prendes ... Visitación (as Mary Carmen Prendes)
José Sacristán ... Felipe - el bombero
Ricardo Merino Ricardo Merino ... Vecino Amanerado
Josele Román ... Pura
Rafael Hernández ... Mánager de Felipe
Saturno Cerra Saturno Cerra
Ángel Menéndez Ángel Menéndez
María Dolores Tovar María Dolores Tovar ... (as Mª Dolores Tovar)
Amparo Climent Amparo Climent
Álvaro de Luna ... Felipe - el boxeador
Alfredo Santacruz Alfredo Santacruz ... Médico (as Alfredo Santa Cruz)
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Pedro and Mariano work in an advertising agency. Both are married but do not resist as they should the women who work in the company. Independent and very seductive women who raise the suspicions of the wives of the two friends.

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spanish sex comedy | See All (1) »

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Comedy

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Country:

Spain | Italy

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

24 December 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

La strana legge del Dr. Menga See more »

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Atlántida Films, Cinemar See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 61586 delivered on 22-12-1972. See more »

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The context
27 August 2006 | by javiergerontoSee all my reviews

Yes, it's an open machist comedy, made in 1971, but in this aspect not really different from other new Spanish comedies of the 90's and 00's (Airbag, Torrente, and so on).

This movie, done at the end of the franquist regime, can be viewed as a testimony of those times, when Spain was socially divided between the perpetuation of its traditional conservatist order and values and a social social change that was patent abroad and in many ways attained the society and the new generation. "La movida" can be seen as an extreme manifestation of this movement of social liberalization, 15 years later than it happened in other western countries.

"No desearas a la mujer de tu vecino" is a good example of what could be done at this time, with some political and social references almost impossible 5 years before. Just speaking overtly about homosexuality, even in this pejorative manner, was in many ways a courageous attempt because it faced a silly censure. So before judging this movie with the values of our time, it seems better to replace it in its historical context. The first James Bond movies and their "Sean Connery style" have eventually much less excuses for their vision of gender relationships, for example. And the true incapacity of the "macho men" to satisfy the important sexual appetite of their women in the movie is quite ambiguous...

Apart from that, you can see some points that would become recurrent in the Spanish comedies made during the democracy: sense of absurd, caricature, antiheroes, sexuality, etc. Transitions are OK. The technical aspect is not bad, too. In brief, I have seen many more recent comedies much less funnier than this, even if you're not going to lose anything not seeing it.


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