Penella, Emma

(1930-2007)
   In a period dominated by brittle beauties and meek personalities, Emma Penella clearly stands out as one of the greatest female screen presences of her generation. Although her film debut was dubbing Amparo Rivelles in La duquesa de Benamejí (The Duchess of Benamejí, Luis Lucia, 1949), directors and producers objected to her raspy voice, whose carnality and earthy voice clashed with their notion of feminine virtue. She appeared in Los ojos dejan huellas (The Eyes Leave a Trace, José Luis Sáenz de Heredia, 1952), Los peces rojos (The Red Fish, José Antonio Nieves Conde, 1955), and Carne de horca (Condemned to Hanging, Ladislao Vajda, 1953) before acting for the first time with her own voice in Juan Antonio Bardem's Cómicos (Actors, 1954). From then on, a number of solid performances followed through the decade, including her two protagonists for women-specialist Manuel Mur Oti in Fedra (1956) and in El batallón de las sombras (Battalion of Shadows, 1957). Penella's role in Luis G. Berlanga's El verdugo (The Executioner, 1963) remains one of her best-remembered appearances: in her part as daughter and wife to an executioner she projected a disarming fleshly candor. She was also good in Lola espejo oscuro (Lola Dark Mirror, Fernando Merino and José Luis Sáenz de Heredia, 1966) and in La busca (The Quest, Angelino Fons, 1967). In the early 1970s, she starred in two quality adaptations of 19th-century novels, Fortunata y Jacinta (Fortunata and Jacinta, Angelino Fons, 1970) and La Regenta (The Regent's Wife, Gonzalo Suárez, 1974). In the latter, she was a very credible Ana Ozores, one of the greatest and most complex characters of 19th-century Spanish fiction. After the Transition, she had iconic supporting roles in Padre nuestro (Our Father, Francisco Regueiro, 1985), El amor brujo (Love the Magician, Carlos Saura, 1986), and La estanquera de Vallecas (The Vallecas Tobacconist, Eloy de la Iglesia, 1987).

Historical dictionary of Spanish cinema. . 2010.

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  • Emma Penella — (* 2. März 1930 in Madrid, Spanien; † 27. August 2007 ebenda; geboren als Manuela Ruiz Penella) war eine spanische Schauspielerin. Penella war im Kino, auf der Bühne und auf dem Fernsehschirm zu sehen. Sie war die Schwester der Schauspielerinnen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Emma Penella — (March 2 1930 ndash; August 27 2007) was a Spanish film and television actress. Emma Penella was the sister of Spanish actress Terele Pávez. She was also the widow of producer Emiliano Piedra. She was born and died in Madrid. Selected Filmography …   Wikipedia

  • Emma Penella — est une actrice de cinéma, de théâtre et de télévision espagnole née à Madrid le 2 mars 1930 et morte le 27 août 2007. Elle est la sœur d Elisa Montés et de Terele Pávez, elles aussi comédiennes, la fille de Ramón Ruiz Alonso… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Penella — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Emma Penella (1930–2007), spanische Schauspielerin Robert J. Penella (* 1947), US amerikanischer Altphilologe Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort bezeichnet …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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