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Scene from "Honeymoon"
Also Known As (aka): Honeymoon (1962) (UK) (USA) - Lovers of Teruel, The (1959) (USA) - Luna de miel en España (1959)
Directed by Michael Powell
Writing credits: Luis Escobar, also story; Gregorio Martínez Sierra: ballet El Amor Brujo; Michael Powell also story
Produced by Cesáreo González, Bill Paton. Michael Powell, Sydney Streeter. Judith Coxhead
Original Music by Mikis Theodorakis (also ballet "Los Amantes de Teruel")
Non-Original Music by Manuel de Falla (from "El Amor Brujo")
Cinematography by Georges Périnal and Claude Renoir Cast: Ludmilla Tchérina, Anthony Steel, Antonio, Léonide Massine, Rosita Segovia, Carmen Rojas e.a.
Lenght: 109 min / UK:105 min (Charles Doble restoration) / UK:90 min. Colour


It is remarkable how much material has survived; both the original Wonderama and Technirama prints and negatives (the prints having turned to a "claret" shade of pink), all the original stereo magnetic track negs and, interestingly, many original outtakes not ever included in the final print.

Needless to say, the music of De Falla, Mikis Theodorakis and Sarasate is another reason why this film is appreciated by film going audiences who may not have even heard of Michael Powell. The Honeymoon Song was subsequently recorded by The Beatles and, apparently, is one of Paul McCartney's favourites.

I started this critique by saying that Honeymoon was a film which has matured in a way that its original maker could not have foreseen; unlike some of Michael Powell's films, Honeymoon has an audience far wider than his aficionados. In fact, probably far greater.

The huge talent of Ludmila Tcherina and her sheer scale of work is appreciated by lovers of ballet worldwide. At the same time, Antonio, a legend in his own lifetime, has a following worldwide. So many young people are coming into and appreciating the world of Flamenco and the world of Flamenco is Antonio. Very little footage survives of his performances which took place in the 1950s at the height of his powers. The same may be said to be true of Leonide Massine who choreographed many of the dance scenes and whose remarkable performance as the spectre in Les Amants Brujo is a memorable one. Honeymoon is therefore a rare opportunity to feast upon not just a cameo performance by these two artists but over 100 minutes worth. At the same time the music of De Falla, Mikis Theodorakis and Sarasate is unforgetable.

Honeymoon presents the viewer with a rich and exotic diet of music and dance... And yes, the Spanish countryside is rather good as well!

cf. Charles Doble

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