Blood Wedding (1981 film)

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).

Blood Wedding
Directed byCarlos Saura
Produced byEmiliano Piedra
Written byCarlos Saura
Antonio Artero
Antonio Gades
Alfredo Mañas
StarringAntonio Gades
Cristina Hoyos
Juan Antonio Jiménez
Music byEmilio de Diego
CinematographyTeodoro Escamilla
Edited byPablo González del Amo
Release date
March 9, 1981 Spain
Running time
72 minutes

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.[1]



  1. "Festival de Cannes: Blood Wedding". Retrieved 2009-06-07.
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