The third part of director Carlos Saura's flamenco trilogy. Based on the ballet by Manuel de Falla, the story follows Candela (Cristina Hoyos) who, after marrying José (Juan Antonio Jiménez) in a pre-arranged marriage, is widowed when José dies defending his lover, Lucía (Laura del Sol). Shortly afterwards, Carmelo (Antonio Gades), who has loved Candela since he was a boy, is wrongly arrested and imprisoned for José's death. After his release, Carmelo finally declares his love for Candela, but although she is now free to marry, Candela remains haunted by the ghost of José, who reappears every night to dance with her.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: El Amor Brujo is the third in director Carlos Saura's flamenco trilogy, preceded by Blood Wedding (1981) and Carmen (1983).The plot involves two gypsies, male and female, who are united in an arranged marriage. Each loves someone else, a circumstance that results in a fatal knife duel. Candela eventually remarries, but her new husband soon discovers that every night at midnight, she is compelled to arise from her bed and dance with the ghost of Jose. The climax involves the girl's torn loyalties between the ghost of her dead husband and her living lover. Antonio Gades, Cristina Hoyos, Laura del Sol and Juan Antonio Jimenez are the principals in this well-photographed film.
SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Fantasporto Awards, Goya Awards, Montreal World Film Festival, ...Love, The Magician (1986) ( El Amor brujo ) ( Love The Magician )