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Miracles of Thursday (1957)
"Los jueves, milagro" (original title)

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In the village of Fuentecilla, there is a medicinal spa which was very popular in the past but that now has been forgotten by the public. In order to bring back the tourists, the "prominent... See full summary »

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Martino
José Isbert ...
Don José
Paolo Stoppa ...
Don Salvador
Juan Calvo ...
Don Antonio Guajardo Fontana
Alberto Romea ...
Don Ramón
Félix Fernández ...
Don Evaristo
Manuel de Juan ...
Don Manuel
Guadalupe Muñoz Sampedro ...
Doña Paquita (as Guadalupe M. Sampedro)
Manuel Alexandre ...
Mauro
José Luis López Vázquez ...
Don Fidel (as Jose Luis L. Vazquez)
Luigi Tosi ...
Hombre 1º
Nicolás D. Perchicot ...
Eugenio
Mariano Ozores ...
Don Arturo
María Gámez ...
Doña Rosaura
Julia Delgado Caro ...
Doña Eva
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In the village of Fuentecilla, there is a medicinal spa which was very popular in the past but that now has been forgotten by the public. In order to bring back the tourists, the "prominent men" of the village organize a fake miracle: the apparition of San Dimas, the local patron saint, which will take place every Thursday night. At first it works, but trouble begins when a stranger appears, claiming that he knows what's going on and making peculiar demands in exchange for his silence. Written by Pablo Montoya

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22 August 1957 (Italy)  »

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ESP 9,075 (Spain)
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A funny social satire of Spain in the mid 1950
23 November 2010 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

The dramatic action takes place in Fuentecilla, small isolated people (the train ever for in the station), with a former spa thermal waters with curative properties recognized in the past, but now fallen into oblivion. Six friends, who make up the influential people in the town, decide represent a miracle for promotion of tourism, economic activity in the place and its own interests. The group the mayor (don Antonio), the maestro (don Salvador), the doctor (don Manuel), the pharmacist (don Evaristo), owner of the spa (Ramon) and an agricultural owner (don Jose).

It's the fifth long film of Berlanga and last of his first stage. Develops an argument original Berlanga. It is filmed in Alhama de Aragon (Zaragoza) and in the sets of Studies Chamartín (Madrid). It obtained an honorable mention in the International Festival of Valladolid.

The film sums comedy and cinema fantastic and presents a funny social satire of Spain in the mid 1950. It is a mockery of simplicity that abounds in the religious fervour of ordinary people, gullible and manipulated. It is a mockery of the omnipresence of religion in the world civil and its enormous influence. It is a mockery of the use of religion as an instrument of power. It is a mockery of the culture tricky, truth and opportunistic of the authorities.

This is one of the best comedies of Berlanga, despite the problems that had with the censorship and interference that suffered from religious organizations. The work is full of irony, tenderness, criticism and black humor. Its premiere constituted a failure of box office.

We can see magnificent performances as the Jose Isbert and always brilliant Manuel Alexandre, his character is short but always serving enjoyed his interpretation. And as anecdotes the emergence as a child actor Luis Varela that after he was great actor of comedy and the performance sober of Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez in the character of parish priest.


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