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A film for ever in my brain. Not a bad thing for a film. I saw it for the first time when I was 8 and stayed with me always. I'm amused by some of the comments leveling this beautiful tale as "sick" and "twisted". I imagine it's the power of goodness that usually provokes more outcries than the power of evil. The film is what it is, no disguises to send its message as in Forrest Gump for instance. The film is a masterpiece no matter how you look at it and Pablito Calvo, the Marcelino at the center of it all, gives a performance that goes beyond any performance of any child actor has gone before.
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.
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.
Wow, this was stunning, both in photography and in content. Here's a
nice, old-fashioned "religious story" you rarely see anymore. The
English title goes under "The Miracle Of Marcelino."
It's a simple tale of a group of monks who discover a baby at their monastery doorstep one morning and then raise the boy. They try to find suitable parents for the infant but are unsuccessful. The infant scenes don't run too long because, before you know it, they have fast-forwarded it to when the boy was six years of age....and that's where he stays until the end of the film.
Pablito Calvo as the title character, Marcelino," is excellent. Kudos to cinematographer Heinrich Gartner for beautiful black-and-white photography. The DVD transfer was outstanding, too. The lighting, particularly on faces, is terrific.
Other reviewers here at IMDb, such as Albert Sanchez Moreno, have described the story nicely. I will just add I found it oddly captivating the entire way and very touching and moving in the last 20 minutes or so, after the boy discovers the big statue of Christ and begins communicating with Him. Yeah, I'm sure it looks really far-fetched to almost everyone, especially non-Believers, but I enjoyed and marveled at the end of this film.
I'm not quite sure what to make of the monks in here and why they would "warn" the young boy against going up in the attic, where the statue is located, unless they somehow supernaturally knew what was going to happen.....yet they still should have put their trust in Christ, anyway. Their actions are puzzling at times. There is a real mystery to this story overall, anyway. Not being Catholic, maybe I missed something in the translation. This is a very "Catholic" film but a Christ-believing Protestant as I am can still fully appreciate this story, too, as much as anyone, and I did.
You'll never find this at a rental store but those you are curious, you might want to add it to your queue if you belong to one of those mail-in rental programs. This film was a collaboration of Spanish and Italian filmmakers, I think. There was a color re-make in the early '90s, but I haven't seen it.
It's a film of tender "innocence" like few I've ever seen, which makes it very memorable.
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I like a previous viewer saw the movie around 1958 ('57), but it was shown
by WGN in Chicago. They showed it yearly around Thanksgiving or Christmas
every year for several years. Each holiday season, I awaited with great
anticipation for this movie. The first time I saw it it brought tears to
eyes (hard to do for a boy of 10). I've been married now for 33 years and
have been wanting to have my wife and children/grandchildren to see it. I
will soon have the opportunity to do so for I have just acquired the newly
It appeals to the pure in heart, compassion, loving and tenderness in all of us. At the end of the movie when Marcelino leaves us, I was met with sadness, but I understood that his love and desire was to be with Christ and this was Christ's gift to him.
Simply beautiful. Count on foreigners to make such a wonderful movie.
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I saw this film with my parochial school in the late 1950's and I have never forgotten it. Went to school one day and the nun said we were going to see a movie. All the students in our school went. The movie petrified me at the time. I saw a portion of the film broadcast on a religious television station last year. After all these years the crucifix of Jesus coming to life has been a memory I have never forgotten. The film was handled beautifully although the ending was a bit unexpected. I didn't remember Jesus taking Marcelino, but the scene was handled very well. This is a gentle, family film. Maybe we need more films like this one and less of the sex and violence genre. I will let the negative reviews pass.
Ah, human nature!!. No matter how great a film may be there is almost
always someone who will post inane comments about the movie that makes
me shake my head in wonder, This is a small masterpiece, a little gem
with a surprising outcome that I thought about for days after seeing
They remade the film in 1992, with an older too Hollywoodish child actor.. The child in the earlier version gives a one of a kind performance. A six year old actor playing a six year old kid, how the director got such a moving performance from someone that young is a wonder. His voice was dubbed so I initially thought it was the actor doing the voice-over who was playing the part so well. Then I saw the film in Spanish ( I speak the language) the dubbing doesn't do justice to the original performance.
You will not find the movie at Blockbuster, so you have to buy the DVD. They issued two versions last year, first a digitally remastered copy, THAN a version that was not computer enhanced. I know, it is confusing.
I love this little movie, I have already sent a copy to my granddaughter in Florida who was weaned on 70's films with Technicolor, Dolby and all that stuff. I expect a call in the next few days asking how I found this "great" movie
A baby loses his parents and is left at the door to a monastery. The
monks take him in and he grows into a mischievous but essentially good
little boy. One day he sneaks into the attic and sees a life-sized
image of Jesus on the cross...
For pre-teens and younger, a parent should probably watch it with them, since some children will be disturbed by the ending. With understanding, this film helps the viewer to grow a little in faith, hope and love.
... well, that is all I really wanted to say, but IMDb now requires ten lines of text for a review. I noticed the early reviews of Marcelino were extremely negative. If you have a lot of anger towards Christ or the Church, you will *not* like this film since it shows different types of people turning their hearts towards Jesus to varying degrees. This is not sinister propaganda, but the way the world really is. Christians are not the monsters you imagine them to be. If the Nazis *had* made films like this, as one reviewer suggested, instead of the inspirations to resentment and violence they actually did make, the world might have been a better place. Peace to all.
This movie was excellent. I saw it many years ago as a child in my Catholic grammar school and still remember it. It is a beautiful moving experience and is a movie that can be watched by the whole family. I encourage everyone to see it. We need more movies like this one. I believe I may have seen it again on TV many years ago. I believe people of all faiths can enjoy this movie. The story is about innocence and faith. They also have made a remake of the movie, I believe in 1991. I have not seen the remake but, usually there is nothing like the original. So, if they thought the movie was good enough to be remade, you know it has to be good. Watch this movie, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
I've seen this movie since I was like 8 years old, and I read the book
ass well in Spanish. It's a very nice movie and I think it can mean a
world to everybody, so they can see what it's like to be a real and
good human being! Just the best of all! I think that the film makers
should make this movie or book come a live again, cause it has been
like stuck in the 19th century. It's very recommendable to read this
book or watch the movie. I think that seeing movies like this of real
life, will make you feel and understand what it's like to be a good
person and not only thinking about ourselves like the modern world we
all are in now. We can make a better world by being ourselves and by
realizing that it's not always about us only. If you can make someone
happy with a little thing, why not? If we want peace, we have to start
with our selves first, and that is what this book or movie will let you
see and feel at the same time. It's real, and it's realistic!
The film starts in a long flashback narrated by a priest(Fernando Rey),
he tells how an abandoned baby is picked up by monks residing in a
monastery ruled by a humble Father Superior(Rafael Rivelles). The
little boy named Marcelino(Pablito Calvo) who lost his mother and
became a pure and simple of heart kid devoted friend of Crucified
Jesus.Meanwhile, he gets into mischiefs, he plays and puts nicknames to
monks, as Brother Door(Antonio Vico),Brother Cookie(Juan Calvo),
Brother Bad(Mariano Azaña), Fray Giles(Juanjo Menendez) and Brother
Ding Dong(Joaquin Roa).But in a touching scenes, Marcelino finds at the
loft to Jesus and gives him bread and wine, then happen an ecstasy at
This a sensible and feeling movie full of mirth,humor touches, and enjoyable message based on novel by Jose Maria Sanchez Silva.At the same time the film gives us an agreeable panorama about monastery life, its pity and goodness; furthermore, the oration, sacrifice, work,companionship and various situations happen in monastic existence.Its perfect developing resides on superb characters well played by all casting monks and the sympathy, simplicity of Pablito Calvo-Marcelino. Musical score by Pablo Sorozabal responds appropriately to the ambient, originating a religious atmosphere . Precious and luminous cinematography by Enrich Guerner(Vadja's ordinary)who give us an accurate scenario of the times is developed . The motion picture is excellently directed by Ladislao Vadja, born in Hungary, he's author of magnificent movies, such as 'The Bait', and 'Cord of prisoners', and three with Pablito Cavo: 'An Angel over Brooklyn'( along with Peter Ustinov) and 'Uncle Jacinto'( with Antonio Vico). In my opinion this is one of the best films to come out of Europe in the decade of the 50s.The picture touched the hearts of numerous spectators around the world. Rating: Above average.
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