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
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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