ADVENTURES OF JUAN QUINQUIN (LAS AVENTURAS DE JUAN QUIN QUIN)

Hailed as revolutionary Cuba`s first feature-length comedy, Julio García Espinosa`s picaresque, parodic and hugely popular adventure film offers a giddily inventive mix of classic movie genres and styles:war, Western, slapstick, musical, gangster, Buñuelian satire, Soviet-style Socialist Realism, and more. The Adventures of Juan Quin Quin is set in pre-revolutionary Cuba, where the flim-flam, jack-of-all-trades hero lives by his wits and ekes out an existence as, variously, a farmer, altar boy, bullfighter, and circus act (as Jesus on the cross, no less).

 

A circus performer, tenant farmer, matador, and revolutionary, Juan Quin Quin (Julio Martinez) charges through this arch 1967 allegory and movie parody, but he's an icon with more spunk than substance. Just when it seems that he and his partner may make a go of the bullfighting business in Cuba, the main attraction gets loose, causing chaos in a breakneck action sequence that seems spontaneous, though it must have been carefully planned. This reflexive farce includes other playful deceptions as well as thought balloons and intertitles containing jokes that are political platitudes and vice versa. It's all very lively, but the cumulative effect is of broadness for its own sake rather than the overhaul of film language that seems intended. The screenplay by director Julio Garcia Espinosa was based on a novel by Samuel Feijoo.

 

SPANISH | CUBA | 1967                                                   

DRAMA | FEATURE | 112 MIN | DVD | B/W

 

Director: JULIO GARCÍA ESPINOSA

 

Director Biography:

Late Julio García Espinosa was born on September 5, 1926 in Havana, Cuba. He was a writer and director, known for his films ‘The Adventures of Juan Quin Quin’ (1967), ‘Esta tierra nuestra’ (1959) and ‘Reina y Rey’ (1994). Julio directed fourteen films between 1955 and 1998. He left for his heavenly abode on April 13, 2016 in Havana.

 

Cast: 
Adelaida Raymat, Enrique Santiesteban, Julio Martinez, Erdwin Fernandez

 

Crew: 
Screenplay: Samuel Feijóo

Producer: Julio García Espinosa

Music: Leo Brouwer, Manuel del Castillo, Luis Gómez

Cinematography: Jorge Haydu

Film Editing: Carlos Menéndez

 

Festivals: Nominated- 5th Moscow International Film Festival