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Scent of a Crime (1988)

El aire de un crimen (original title)
Spain, 1950s. The corpse of an unknown person appears in the town square of Bocentellas, within the mythical territory of Región. The inhabitants will ask for help to Captain Medina, young ... See full summary »


Juan Benet (novel), Gabriel Castro (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Francisco Rabal ... Coronel Olvera (as Paco Rabal)
Maribel Verdú ... La Chiqui
Germán Cobos ... Amaro
Chema Mazo Chema Mazo ... Capitán Medina / Señor Vázquez
María José Moreno ... La Tacón
Miguel Rellán ... Doctor Sebastián
Agustín González ... Juez
Pedro Beltrán Pedro Beltrán ... Alcalde (as Perico Beltrán)
Rafaela Aparicio ... Tinacia Mazón
Ovidi Montllor ... Domingo Cuadrado
Terele Pávez ... Mujer peón
Pep Corominas Pep Corominas ... El rubio
Arnau Vilardebó Arnau Vilardebó ... Hijo de Amaro
Alfred Lucchetti ... Peris
Paco De Osca Paco De Osca ... Peón


Spain, 1950s. The corpse of an unknown person appears in the town square of Bocentellas, within the mythical territory of Región. The inhabitants will ask for help to Captain Medina, young officer in command of a nearby military fort, until the arrival of the judge. Written by jsanchez

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28 October 1988 (Spain) See more »

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Antonio Isasi Isasmendi's last film dealing with an overlong and complex intrigue about murders
3 October 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Spain, 1956 . The corpse of an unknown person shows up in the town square of Bocentellas , within the mythical territory of a region between Comunidad Autonoma Aragon and Catalunya . The inhabitants will ask for help to Captain Medina (Chema Mazo) , a young military captain in command of a nearby fort in which is also a suspicious Colonel (Francisco Rabal) . Then , the captain decides to put the body into an Orujo barrel ; later on , the corpse is moved , appearing another person , being his identity uncovered at the end . Meanwhile , the captain falls for a young prostitute , ¨La Chiqui¨(Maribel Verdú) , living at a busy brothel run by a Madame , La Tacón , (María José Moreno).

Set in Spain of the fifties deals with a twisted intrigue starred by a doubtful officer/Chema Mazo and narrated by an overlong flashback along the film until developing the final arrival of the judge well played by Agustin Gonzalez . Based on the homonym novel by Juan Benet , ¨Planet prize¨ in 1980 , concerning about the corruption on the selling of valuable lands for reservoirs during the post-war in the Franco regime . It is set in 1950s , a mythic town between two regions with locations from Aragon and Catalunya . Here Isasi along with other screen-writers as Gabriel Castro and Jorge Alamo talk about autochthonous issues , regarding ambition and corrupt practices , against other international themes of Isasmendi's long career . Fabulous support cast full of familiar secondaries as German Cobos , Maribel Verdú , Miguel Rellán , Agustín González , Rafaela Aparicio , Ovidi Montllor , Terele Pávez , Ramoncin , Alfred Lucchetti , Antonio Gamero , Marta Flores , Luis Ciges and mention special for Fernando Rey who won Award in the prestigious Festival San Sebastian Festival . Evocative cinematography by the veteran Juan Gelpi , though a perfect remastering being extremely necessary . Shot in several locations from Carenas , Comunidad De Calatayud , Paniza , Nuévalos , Zaragoza, Aragón , Colmenar Viejo, Bustarviejo , Madrid , Prat De Llobregat, Garraf, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain .

The motion picture was professionally directed by Antoni Isasi Isasmendi (who recently passed away) , though it has some flaws and gaps and results to be overlong and tiring . This was his last film , as he previously made a lot of successful movies . Firstly , he directed several and mostly black and white films , comedies , dramas and thrillers as Tierra De Todos , Relato Policíaco , La Mentira Tiene Cabellos Rojos , Vamos a Contar Mentiras , La Huida , Sentencia Contra Una Mujer , Diego Corrientes , Pasión Bajo El Sol and Rapsodia De Sangre . In 1963 he started his international career with hits as La Máscara De Scaramouche , Estambul 65 , Las Vegas 500 Millones , Verano Para Matar and The Dog .

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