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Vida en sombras (1949)

His director's only film, Vida en Sombras tells the story of a man who from his childhood falls in love with cinema and grows to be a director and cameraman. While struggling to make ... See full summary »

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María Dolores Pradera ...
Ana
Isabel de Pomés ...
Clara
Fernando Sancho ...
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Alfonso Estela ...
Luis
Graciela Crespo ...
Sra. Durán
Félix de Pomés ...
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Marta Flores ...
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Miquel Graneri ...
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Jesús Puche ...
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Valero ...
Carlos, niño
Juan López ...
Luis, niño (as Juanito López)
Antonia Llobet ...
Ana, niña
Antonio Leal ...
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His director's only film, Vida en Sombras tells the story of a man who from his childhood falls in love with cinema and grows to be a director and cameraman. While struggling to make pictures he gets married and is seriously struck by the Spanish Civil War. Life events with lights and shadows mix with a deep love for movies which will prevail in the end. Written by BSK

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6 April 1949 (Spain)  »

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Two subsequent restorations were carried out in 1983 and 2010-12. The 1983 reprint from the original 16 mm negative, carried on by Ferran Alberich from the Spanish Filmoteca, produced a documentary, "Bajo el signo de las sombras". The 2011-12 one was made by the Filmoteca de Catalunya. The film is now considered one of the most interesting and original Spanish post-war films. See more »

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References El escándalo (1943) See more »

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El Virolai
Written by Jacint Verdaguer
Music by Josep Rodoreda
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Astonishing
2 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most astonishing films ever made. It has some scenes that it should be in the history of cinema. Like the filming by Fernando Fernan Gomez of the militias using a big roll of paper to win a positions. Or the begging of the film based on real events. The birth of the director inside the carp where the first cinematographer was showing "the train arriving to the station". Being shoot in really simple way it's amazing the proper use of the audiovisual language. The late Guillermo Cabrera Infante showed this film in a Canadian film festival in Spanish without subtitles when the projection finish the audience didn't move and they ask for seen the film again. The effect of this film in the audience is unbelievable. None a single person that has seen this rare Spanish movie could forget it. Except the main actor Fernando Fernan Gomez who never remember work on it.


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