22 January 2013

Carmen Sevilla

Beautiful Spanish actress and singer Carmen Sevilla (1930) performed on stage, in nightclubs, and in some 60 European films. During the 1950’s and 1960’s she starred in several musicals and comedies, but Sevilla also performed the occasional dramatic role. In the 1990’s she became a popular television presenter.

Carmen Sevilla
French postcard by Editions du Globe, no. 203. Photo: Studio Harcourt.

Carmen Sevilla
French postcard by Editions du Globe (E.D.U.G.), Paris, no. 224. Photo: Studio Harcourt.

Carmen Sevilla
French postcard by Editions du Globe (E.D.U.G.), Paris, no. 207.

Carmen Sevilla
French postcard by Editions du Globe (E.D.U.G.), Paris, no. 220. Photo: Studio Harcourt.

Spanish Rhapsody
Carmen Sevilla was born as Maria den Carmen Garcia Galisteo in Sevilla, Spain, in 1930. She was the daughter of author José Garcia Padillo. Her brother is the cinematographer José García Galisteo. At the age of 12, she started her career as a ballerina in the theatrical spectacle, Spanish Rhapsody, along with Paquita Rico and Ana Esmeralda, both of whom shared her later success on stage and in films. She also appeared in dance groups with Enrique Castro and Paco Reyes. Five years later she made her screen debut in La Revoltosa (1949, José Díaz Morales). She then changed her second name into that of her birthplace. Her next film, the musical comedy Jalisco Canta en Sevilla/Jalisco Sings In Seville (1949, Fernando de Fuentes), became a huge success. In the early 1950’s, Sevilla became very popular opposite singer-actor Luis Mariano in a series of operetta films. The first was El sueño de Andalucía/Andalousie (1951, Luis Lucia), filmed in two versions, one in French, the other in Spanish. Other popular films were Violetas imperiales/Imperial Violets (1952, Richard Pottier), the French film Don Juan (1956, John Berry) starring Fernandel, and La venganza/Vengeance (1958, Juan Antonio Bardem) with Raf Vallone. This Academy Award nominated drama centred on the problems of the Andalucian farmer.

Carmen Sevilla, Luis Mariano
With Luis Mariano. Dutch postcard. Photo: 20th Century Fox. Publicity still for Andalousie/Andalucia (1951, Robert Vernay).

Carmen Sevilla, Enrique Guitart
With Enrique Guitart. Spanish card, no. 1255.

Carmen Sevilla
French postcard by Editions P.I., Paris, no. 575, offered by Les Carbones Korès Carboplane. Photo: Paramount Pictures Inc.

Carmen Sevilla
East-German postcard by VEB Progress Film-Vertrieb, Berlin, no. 1312.

Carmen Sevilla
Spanish card by A.L.G., Madrid, for Philips.

Mary Magdalene
Carmen Sevilla regularly worked with American directors who were working in Spain. She played Mary Magdalene in Nicholas Ray's epic King of Kings (1961), and Octavia in Antony and Cleopatra (1972), directed by Charlton Heston. During the 1960’s and 1970’s she worked in dozens of mediocre comedies, but notable were her leads in the interesting horror films El techo de cristal/Glass Ceiling (1971, Eloy de la Iglesia) and Nadie oyó gritar/No One Heard the Scream (1973, Eloy de la Iglesia). In 1978 she retired from show business, but she made a come-back as a television host in the 1990’s. She also starred in the Spanish TV comedy series Ada Madrina (1999, Domingo Solano). It was her last screen appearance. Carmen Sevilla received a Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos (Cinema Writers Circle) lifetime award in 2004. She was married twice: from 1958 till 1968 with composer and orchestra conductor Augusto Alguero, by whom she had a son, Augusto Jr., and from 1985 till his dead in 2000 with Vicente Patuel.

Carmen Sevilla and Luis Mariano in El Sueño De Andalucia/The Dream of Andalucia (1951, Luis Lucia). Source: Gaviota1952 (YouTube).

Carmen Sevilla in a Philips commercial of the 1960's. Source: diaz villanueva(YouTube).

Carmen Sevilla interpretes Carmen de España in La guerrillera de Villa/The Villa guerrilla (1969, Miguel Morayta). Source: soryeye779 (YouTube).

Carmen Sevilla sings the theme of La Cera Virgen (1972, José María Forqué). Source: soryeye779 (YouTube).

Sources: Gary Brumburgh (IMDb), Sandra Brennan (AllMovie), Andalucia.com, Wikipedia, and IMDb.


COCAMIA said...

Carmen Sevilla was so sexy!

Manuel said...

Gracias amigo por publicar tan magnífica colección de postales antiguas que son un testimonio histórico. Si ya es importante conservarlas, más bonito es compartirlo con los demás.
Perdón, no quiero hacer publicidad a mi blog, pero tengo una entrada que se llama "Estrellas de la Pantalla" que creo que le puede interesar.
Yo también soy coleccionista de postales antiguas.
Le felicito por tan magnífico trabajo.
Un abrazo.

Bob of Holland said...

Gracias, thank you for your comments.

@ Manuel, I surfed to your beautiful site with postcards of ancient Sevilla - a city I visted several times and which I really love. The post on 'Estrellas de la Pantella' is interesting, contains rare micro-postcards of Richard Burton, Alida Valli, Hildegard Kneff, Louis Jourdan and many more Hollywood stars of late 1940's and early 1950's. It is sure worth a visit: http://postalesyfotosantiguasdesevilla.blogspot.nl/2012/05/estrellas-de-la-pantalla.html.