La tía Tula


1h 58m 1965

Brief Synopsis

A woman steps in to take care of her recently deceased sister's husband and young children.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
New York opening: 2 Jun 1965
Production Company
Eco Films; Surco Films
Distribution Company
United International Films
Country
Spain
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel La tía Tula by Miguel de Unamuno (Madrid, 1921).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m

Synopsis

Tula, an attractive spinster, invites her brother-in-law Ramiro, a bank employee, and his children, Tulita and Ramirín, to share her home after the death of her sister Rosa. She enjoys the role of protector but gradually becomes disturbed by the jealousy that arises between Ramiro and her suitor, Emilio. Her deep-seated fear of men, conditioned by religious principles and the morality of her social class, surfaces as the widowed Ramiro becomes increasingly aware of her sexual presence and attempts physical displays of affection. She coldly rejects his marriage proposals and decides to leave the household for a vacation at the nearby home of her uncle Pedro. During this sojourn she softens and considers marrying Ramiro. In the meantime, however, Ramiro gives way to desire and seduces Pedro's teenage daughter, Juanita; he then accepts the social consequences of his action by marrying the girl. Tula bids good-by to the couple at the train station and wanders off alone.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
New York opening: 2 Jun 1965
Production Company
Eco Films; Surco Films
Distribution Company
United International Films
Country
Spain
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel La tía Tula by Miguel de Unamuno (Madrid, 1921).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Opened in Madrid in September 1964; running time 118 min. Synopsis applies to 118 min version.

Miscellaneous Notes

Voted One of the Year's Five Best Foreign Films by the 1965 National Board of Review.

Shown at MOMA April 23, 1964 as part of Spanish Film Week.

Shown in New York City (Public Theater) as part of program "Spanish Eyes III: Classics From the Spanish Cinema 1960-1975" October 21 - November 10, 1994.

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