Peppermint Frappé and Andrew BrownswordPeppermint Frappé is a 1967 Spanish psychological thriller directed by Carlos Saura, starring Geraldine Chaplin and José Luis López Vázquez. The story centers on a man who becomes obsessed with the wife of an old friend believing her to be a mysterious drummer that he once fell in love with at a festival. He pursues her only to be rebuffed multiple times.Contents 1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Reception 4 Analysis 5 DVD release 6 References 7 External linksPlotA pair of hands meticulously crops images from a fashion magazine for a personal scrapbook. The hands belong to an unassuming and conservative physician named Julian. He runs a radiology clinic from his personal residence, assisted by a shy, mild mannered nurse named Ana.One afternoon, Julian is invited to the house of the mother of his friend Pablo, where a reunion of the two childhood pals has been arranged. Pablo is a charismatic and sophisticated adventurer who has recently returned from Africa with the unexpected news that he has married a beautiful and carefree young woman named Elena. Pablo hands Julian a drink, his favorite cocktail, peppermint frappe, as the group awaits the entrance of Elena, who is upstairs dressing. The sight of the captivating Elena visibly stuns Julian, as Elena reminds him of a mysterious woman he had seen beating drums during the famous Holy Week ritual in the village of Calanda. She insists that she has never seen him before, nor has she ever been to Calanda. Despite her rebukes, Julian finds himself immediately drawn to Elena's cosmopolitan demeanor.During the days following their first encounter, Julian becomes increasingly infatuated with Pablo’s bride and finds pretext to spend time with her. While Pablo is busy, Julian takes Elena sightseeing Cuenca. Despite her indifference to his attentions, Julian’s obsession with Elena does not diminish. Frustrated by his inability to win Elena's affection, Julian turns his attention to his laboratory assistant, Ana, who has secretly pined for Julian. A sexual liaison between the two is soon established. Julian manipulates Ana, coercing her to dress and groom herself like Elena does.While involved with Ana, Julian continues to pursue the elusive Elena, but she resists his advances with open derision. Julian invites Pablo and Elena to his cottage on the countryside to spend the weekend. He takes them on a tour of the grounds of the abandoned spa where he and Pablo used to play as children.After a practical joke by Pablo and Elena, aimed at humiliating Julian, Julian begins to plan an elaborate revenge against the couple. Picking up Elena’s curiosity about his relationship with Ana, Julian invites Elena and Pablo to join him and Ana in his country house.Before Pablo and Elena arrive, Julian places what appears to be poison in a decanter containing peppermint frappe. When Pablo and Elena arrive, Julian tells them that Ana will be a little late and offers them the beverage. After a few sips, the couple begins to ridicule Julian once again. When they succumb to the poison, Julian carries their bodies to their car which he causes to roll off a cliff, giving the appearance that the couple had died in an automobile accident. Returning to his country house, Julian finds Ana now dressed as the woman of Calanda. The film ends as the two embrace. Cast Geraldine Chaplin – Elena/ Ana/ Woman of Calanda José Luis López Vázquez - Julián Alfredo Mayo - Pablo Ana Maria Custodio – Pablo’s mother Emiliano Redondo - Arturo Fernando Sánchez Polack - patient ReceptionThe film was Saura first significant commercial success. Peppermint Frappé won the Silver Bear for Best Director award at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival. It was listed to compete at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival, which was canceled due to the events of May 1968 in France. AnalysisThe film uses Julian's obsession with the blonde, English-speaking woman to illustrate Spain's suppressed fascination with the "foreign" West as well as repressed desires under the nationalist and isolationist regime of Francisco Franco. Furthermore the film is an examination of repression and obsession during Franco era Spain. Additionally, the character of Julian's nurse, also played by Chaplin, serves as an interesting example of how a passive feminine character can come to control a more assertive chauvinist by manipulating his desires. In Peppermint Frappé, a single actress and a handful of motifs create a chain of associations whose stylistic sophistication belies the seeming simplicity of the film’s linear plotline. Saura intended for the film to be an homage to his mentor, director Luis Buñuel, who was from Calanda. DVD releasePeppermint Frappé is available in Region 2 DVD in Spanish without English subtitles. There is no Region 1 DVD available.
Andrew Brownsword and Peppermint FrappéAndrew Douglas Brownsword CBE (born 1947) is an English entrepreneur and philanthropist, developing his fortune through the greeting cards and gifts of Forever Friends. He has regularly featured on the Sunday Times Rich List, with an estimated fortune of £190 million.Contents 1 Biography 1.1 Career 1.2 Charity 1.3 Personal life 2 References 3 External linksBiographyBrownsword attended The Harvey Grammar School in Folkestone and then trained as a chef. CareerHe started the Andrew Brownsword Collection, a publishing business founded in Bath in 1971. Brownsword started by selling greeting cards to retailers like WH Smith from boxes and the back of his car.In 1987, he agreed to market artist Deborah Jones Teddy Bear design, developing the Forever Friends genre in a flat above a Chinese takeaway in Reading, Berkshire in the early 1980s:"I wanted to develop a teddy bear that appealed to adults as well as children. I based Forever Friends specifically on the teddy bear that Sebastian Flyte carried around in Brideshead Revisited. It became the bear found in the attic."The success created a financial income to develop the Andrew Brownsword Group, based on greetings cards and associated gifts that was regarded as an industry pace-setter in design and innovation, with a peak turnover of £65 million. The Andrew Brownsword Collection, Andrew Brownsword Gifts and the Gordon Fraser Gallery (the latter acquired in 1989), were acquired by Hallmark Cards in 1994 for an estimated £195 million. Brownsword became Chief Executive of Hallmark in Europe, a position which he held for four and a half years before leaving to develop other business interests.Brownsword has used these monies since to develop both his business and charitable interests, buying stakes in:property development (The Bath Priory, Gidleigh Park in Devon, and Sydney House in Chelsea, London); ABode Hotels with chef Michael Caines; buying various businesses including Paxton & Whitfield cheese and Snow and Rock founding local radio station Bath FM with journalist and local resident Jonathan Dimbleby; and buying Bath Rugby.In April 2010, Brownsword sold Bath Rugby to businessman Bruce Craig. CharityThe Andrew Brownsword Art Foundation is a registered charity which buys and loans works of art to mainly UK based museums. The collection includes works by Thomas Gainsborough.He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to the arts, heritage, and health in Bath and South-West England. Personal life Brownsword Hall, the marketplace in Prince Charles's new town development of Poundbury, funded by and named after BrownswordMarried to Christina, Brownsword has two daughters and lives in the week in London, and at the weekend in their various homes in the West Country. Brownsword enjoys skiing and sailing.A methodist, having become heavily involved in The Prince's Trust, he is known to Prince Charles Brownsword sponsored the £1 million development of the markethall at Poundbury, designed by architect, John Simpson & Partners and based on early designs, particularly the one in Tetbury.Brownsword's main second home is in Bath, and he has helped sponsor numerous local charities and organisations: Bath Preservation Trust, Bath Festival, RUH, Holburne Museum, and Bath Abbey. His renovated holiday home, Kittery Court in Kingswear, Devon, was destroyed in a fire caused by a plumber in April 2007.
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