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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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(as Llobet Gracia)

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(story) (as Llobet-Gracia), (technical screenplay) (as Llobet-Gracia) | 1 more credit »
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Alfonso Estela ...
Luis
Graciela Crespo ...
Sra. Durán
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Sr. Durán
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Doncella
Marta Flores ...
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Miquel Graneri ...
Marido (as Miguel Graneri)
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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Life in Shadows  »

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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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Features Rebecca (1940) See more »

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Ave Maria
Written by Franz Schubert
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Story of a guilt
19 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is the one and only movie directed by the catalonian Lorenzo Llobet Gracia. The plot is about the absolutely demential story of Carlos, a fervent cinema lover whose mind is seriously affected by a complex of guilt: while he is out filming the street riots during the 18 th of July (the beginnig of the Spanish Civil War) his wife is killed by the republicans (that means the comunists). The remorse only goes away when some years later Carlos watch "Rebecca" by Alfred Hitchcock, and becoming a new regenerated man, he decides to become a cinema director.


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