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Spanish Fiesta (1942)

Approved | | Short, Music | 16 May 1942 (USA)
The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo perform a ballet to Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol."


Jean Negulesco

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Complete credited cast:
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo ... Ballet dancers
Léonide Massine ... Jealous Suitor
Tamara Toumanova ... Gypsy Fortune Teller
Alexandra Danilova ... Dancer
Frederic Franklin ... Dancer
Nathalie Krassovska Nathalie Krassovska ... Dancer
Andre Eglevsky ... Dancer


A narrator introduces us to the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, founded by Peter the Great in the 18th century. In full costume on a colorful set, villagers wait in old Spain for the golden hour of fiesta. A lovely Gypsy tells a young man's fortune; to celebrate, he leads a jota. That evening, the aristocrats dance in garden as fun-loving peasants look on. Steamy romance is in the air. The peasants enjoy a blindfold dance; the tempo then speeds up. At the Gypsy camp, a flame burns in the fortune-teller's heart. She and her jealous suitor, with the company,perform traditional Gypsy dances. Dancers in animal costumes look on and celebrate. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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dance | ballet | peasant | spain | garden | See All (17) »


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Release Date:

16 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Specials (1941-1942 season) #5: Spanish Fiesta See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This short is on the Warner Bros. DVD for This Is Our Life (1942). See more »


Featured in Ballets Russes (2005) See more »


Capriccio Espagnol
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Terrific Looking Technicolor
3 January 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Spanish Fiesta (1942)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol" is brought to life by MGM and The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. I'm not overly familiar with the original Spanish folk melodies but I somewhat enjoyed this glossy version from MGM. The biggest reason to watch this film is for its Technicolor, which really jumps off the screen and grabs you. I really loved the darkish tone that haunted the entire look of the picture and just keep your eyes on the floors and walls and the blue tone that they have. The costumes are all made out to where their full color will jump off the screen so the vibrant reds and terrific to look at as well. The "story" isn't all that bad with the cast doing a very nice job bringing it to life. The music as well is extremely good so those who are familiar with the subject will certainly enjoy this production.

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