In a Gypsy village, the fathers of Candela and José promise their children to each other. Years later, the unfaithful José marries Candela but while defending his lover Lucía in a brawl, he is stabbed to death. Carmelo, who secretly loves Candela since he was a boy, is arrested while helping José and unfairly sent to prison. Four years later he is released and declares his love for Candela. However, the woman is cursed by a bewitched love and every night she goes to the place where José died to dance with his ghost.
El amor brujo (Love, the Magician, or Wedded by Witchcraft) or Carlos Saura Dance Trilogy, Part 3: El Amor Brujo is a 1986 Spanish musical film written and directed by Carlos Saura. It was directed and choreographed in the flamenco style by Maria Pagès. It is the third part of the Saura’s flamenco trilogy he made in the 1980s, after Bodas de sangre in 1981 and Carmen in 1983. The film was screened out of competition at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. The film is based on El amor brujo composed by Manuel de Falla.
The film fleshed out the story with spoken dialogue and several songs, but used the entire score of the ballet. The Orquesta Nacional de España was conducted by Jesús López-Cobos. The singer heard on the soundtrack was the late Rocío Jurado. A soundtrack album, now out of print, was issued by EMI.
El Amor Brujo (1986)
Directed by: Carlos Saura
Starring: Antonio Gades, Cristina Hoyos, Laura del Sol, Juan Antonio Jiménez, Emma Penella, La Polaca, Gómez de Jerez
Screenplay by: Carlos Saura
Production Design by: Gerardo Vera
Cinematography by: Teo Escamilla
Film Editing by: Pedro del Rey
Costume Design by: Gerardo Vera
Music by: Manuel de Falla
Distributed by: Orion Classics
Release Date: December 23, 1986