Paco de Lucía in 1971 British Western
As an avid movie buff, I must mention a curious movie appearance by Paco de Lucía. This is nothing as prestigious as his appearance in Carlos Saura's Carmen, but a much more modest role in a British Western filmed in Spain with Raquel Welch as the lead. The movie is called Hannie Caulder (1971) and is about a pioneer woman (Welch) seeking revenge on a gang of marauders (Ernest Borgnine, Strother Martin and that perennial western 'heavy' favourite Jack Elam). The rest of the cast is made up of such luminaries as Robert Culp, Stephen Boyd and Christopher Lee as a gunsmith. The film has very few extras so is very sparsely cast - so where exactly does Paco de Lucía fit in? Well in a scene with Welch and Culp, there is a figure in the distance sitting against a wall playing a guitar. The figure is in a poncho and Mexican hat. Suddenly we get a close-up for about 10 seconds and we clearly see Paco in the Mexican attire playing something that looks like a Granaina although what we hear on the soundtrack is something completely different and not played by Paco. So yes, they must have hired him for his pretty face and not his playing skills! The movie was made in 1970 - in between Paco's albums Fantasia Flamenca de Paco de Lucía and Recital de Guitarra de Paco de Lucía.
Manolo Sanlúcar Quotes
COMING SOON Some quotes from my interview with the gran maestro Manolo Sanlúcar. The interview was in the 90s so is some years ago now - but his comments are indispensable and he has the same consistent attitude to this day. Very interesting stuff.
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