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The Miracle of Marcelino (1955)

Marcelino pan y vino (original title)
Marcelino is an orphan who grows up in a monastery. One day when he eats his small meal in a room full of old things he gives a piece of his bread to an old wooden Jesus figure - and indeed... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rafael Rivelles ...
Antonio Vico ...
Juan Domenech ...
José Marco Davó ...
Pascual
Juanjo Menéndez ...
Fray Giles (as Juan Jose Menendez)
Adriano Domínguez ...
Monk
Mariano Azaña ...
Joaquín Roa ...
Isabel de Pomés ...
Manuel's Mother
Carmen Carbonell ...
Alfonsa
Carlota Bilbao ...
Nicolás' Wife
José María Rodríguez ...
Monk (as Jose Mª. Rodriguez)
Rafael Calvo ...
Don Emilio
Francisco Arenzana ...
Nicolás
Antonio Ferrandis ...
Monk
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Marcelino is an orphan who grows up in a monastery. One day when he eats his small meal in a room full of old things he gives a piece of his bread to an old wooden Jesus figure - and indeed it takes the bread and eats it. Getting a wish granted for his donation Marcelino wishes to see his mother... Written by Volker Boehm

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Once in a great, great while, a motion picture reaches out from the confines of the screen to implant a spark of purest wonder in the heart! [us]

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The Monk Who Narrates The Story: [gazing at the crucifix which once came to life] We have been talking about you today, my Lord. And about you, too, Marcelino.
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Remade as Marcelino pan y vino (1979) See more »

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La Cancion Marcelino
Music by Pablo Sorozábal
Lyrics uncredited in film
Sung offscreen by unidentified male singer and male chorus
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A reply to the previous comment--
24 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I feel almost provoked to comment on this film here, and I say this not as an especially religious person (which I am not), but as someone who feels that a film should not be unfairly criticized because of someone's faulty--or would it be more accurate to say willfully (?) -- distorted summary of the plot.

SPOILERS AHEAD

To begin with, Marcelino is bitten by the scorpion while he is playing outside the monastery, but at no point in the film does he ask to see the crucifix for any reason. He has been frightened by tales of a "bogeyman" in the attic by the monks, who wish him to stay away from it. OUT OF CURIOSITY, and for no other reason, he ventures in, sees the Christ figure, thinks it is the feared bogeyman, and tears back down the stairs. (The figure, incidentally, is a beautiful wooden carving, not gory in the least.)

After an unfortunate incident, in which he is taken to a festival and unwittingly causes a commotion by accidentally letting some animals run wild, the new mayor, an enemy of the monks who have raised Marcelino, swears to shut down the monastery. Marcelino is given the silent treatment by the monks, and it is then that he goes again to the attic, realizes the "bogeyman" is only a statue of Christ, remarks that it looks hungry, steals some bread, and offers it to the statue. It is then that a miracle occurs---the statue comes to life, eats the bread, and eventually, because of Marcelino's repeated visits, becomes Marcelino's teacher and confidant (Marcelino realizes who he is). And the vision is *not* a hallucination. The statue's final act in the film is intended only as a reward for Marcelino's kind actions, and it is done at Marcelino's innocent, but completely self-aware, request.

This is by no means a vicious, sadistic film; it is a beautiful, gentle one. It is a pity that there are those who would distort its meaning.


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