WriterAntonio Artero, Antonio Gades, Alfredo Manas Release dateMarch 9, 1981 Spain Film seriesCarlos Saura Dance Trilogy CastAntonio Gades (Leonardo), Cristina Hoyos (Bride), Juan Antonio Jiménez (Groom), Pilar Cárdenas (Mother), Carmen Villena (Wife), Elvira Andrés (Wedding Guest) Similar moviesDoubt, The Squid and the Whale, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll
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Blood Wedding (Spanish: Bodas de sangre) is a 1981 Spanish musical film written and directed by Carlos Saura. It was directed and choreographed in the flamenco style. It is the first part of Saura's 1980s flamenco trilogy, and is followed by Carmen (1983) and El amor brujo (1986).
The film depicts Antonio Gades and his dance company performing a flamenco adaptation of Federico García Lorca's play Blood Wedding. As with all Saura's flamenco films, the film is overtly theatrical: it begins with the company arriving at the studio and putting on costumes and makeup. The dance is then performed in a bare windowed space with a minimum of props and no set. There are no elaborate costumes and many of the actors wear only their rehearsal clothes.
It was shown out of competition at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival.