Calle Mayor (1956) AKA Main Street


The inhabitants of a small provincial town live trapped in their rancid traditions and customs. In this oppressive environment, Isabel, a 35-year-old single woman, feels like a failure for not having married. Juan and his group of friends, who fight boredom by imagining sick jokes, make Isabel believe that Juan is in love with her and that he is going to ask her to marry him.

Director: Juan Antonio Bardem. AKA Main Street.
Writers: Carlos Arniches (play “La señorita de Trévelez”), Juan Antonio Bardem.
Stars: Betsy Blair, José Suárez, Yves Massard, Luis Peña, Dora Doll, Alfonso Godá, Manuel Alexandre, José Calvo, Matilde Muñoz Sampedro, René Blancard, María Gámez, Lila Kedrova, Josefina Serratosa, José Prada, Julia Delgado Caro, Manuel Guitián, Pilar Gómez Ferrer, Margarita Espinosa, Pilar Vera, Elisa Méndez, Ángeles Bermejo, Amelia Ortas.
Composers: Joseph Kosma, Isidro B. Maiztegui.
Cinematographer: Michel Kelber.

1956 Venice Film Festival – Nominated for the Golden Lion.
1956 Venice Film Festival – Winner FIPRESCI Prize.


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  1. Steve Burstein
    December 13, 2022

    Betsy Blair is virtually repeating her role from MARTY.

  2. Wolfgang Jahn
    January 15, 2023

    Betsy Blair was not a beauty?

    Who says so? And why?

    Betsy Blair does not look like a Barbie doll, that’s a fact, but who wants to marry a Barbie doll anyway? Betsy Blair does not look like people imagine a beautiful woman to look like, she’s not a standard beauty, Bug she definitly is a beauty in her own way.

    Assuming MAIN STREET was shot in 1955, then Betsy was 32 that time and looking at her, she is now way looking like the average 35 year “old” woman despite hairdo and clozhes trying to make her look like 35. I would have guessed her in her late 20ies, say app. 28. No wrinkles whatsoever (!), a lovely smile and a clean and beautiful skin, this woman had an attractiveness ghat you only see at 2nd glance.

    She was married with Gene Kelly and Karel Reisz … and they did see her beauty, no doubt.

  3. Wolfgang Jahn
    January 15, 2023

    Just watching MARTY, the one Betsy made before CALLE MAYOR.

    Borgnine at 40:04: “You got a really nice face, you know. Really, a nice face.”

    Betsy smiles.

    Well said, Ernest! 👍👏

  4. Wolfgang Jahn
    January 15, 2023

    Finished MARTY and liked it. Betsy is indeed repeating that part in CALLE MAYOR. MARTY has a happy ending, but CALLE is the better movie. Both are worth watching. I rate MARTY 7/10, CALLE is a strong 8/10.

    Will check out more Betsy B. movies. Seen SENILITA already, which is pretty strong as well: 8/10.

    Betsy called her movie years “not much of a career”, but she is wrong: she has quite a number of movies, which rate higher than 7/10 on the IMDb, and that is an accomplishment. 👍👏👍👏

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