Venta de Vargas (1958)

Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - Spain  |  
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Set during the period of Spain's war of independence against Napoleon, this soapy musical melodrama would have viewers believe it was really a cabaret singer (Lola Flores) who turned the tables on the French. Thanks to the singer's intervention, the French forces are outsmarted at crucial military junctures. She works with a courier to get information through enemy lines, information that the top Spanish general needs if he is going to emerge victorious. Although the battles themselves occur off-screen, word of the balance of power is conveyed through the conversations of the leaders of the opposing forces. Meanwhile, the singer still manages to belt out her songs while saving the nation from switching from Spanish to French as its official language.

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against-all-odds, independence, invasion, territory, war