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22 August 1957 (Italy) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Sublime film but with censorship realized by the great maestro Luis Garcia Berlanga See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)

Richard Basehart ... 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
Félix Briones ... Matías
Josefina Bejarano ... Doña Margarita
Concha López Silva ... Carmela
Paz Robles ... Doña Concha
José Montero Ríos ... Obispo
Pedro Beltrán ... Sacristán
Paquito Amor ... Muchacho con muletas
Luis Varela ... Luis (as Luisito Varela)
Jesús Rodríguez ... Niño de la escuela
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francisco Arenzana ... Martino (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Luis García Berlanga  (as Luis G. Berlanga)
Writing credits
Luis García Berlanga (story)

Luis García Berlanga (screenplay) &
José Luis Colina (screenplay)

Sandro Continenza (italian version)

Original Music by
Franco Ferrara 
Cinematography by
Francisco Sempere 
Film Editing by
Pepita Orduna 
Production Design by
Bernardo Ballester 
Set Decoration by
Enrique Alarcón 
Makeup Department
Manolita G. Fraile .... assistant makeup artist (as Manolita García)
Adolfo Ponte .... makeup artist
Production Management
Enrique Balader .... production manager
Paolo Moffa .... production manager (uncredited in Spanish prints)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
José Puyol .... assistant director
Sandro Continenza .... assistant director (uncredited in Spanish prints)
Art Department
Tomás Fernández .... set builder
Sound Department
Fernando Bernáldez .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Miguel Agudo .... second assistant camera
José Calvo .... still photographer
Juan Jurado .... focus puller (as Juanito Jurado)
Editorial Department
Alicia Castillo .... assistant editor
Other crew
Jesús R. Folgar .... production assistant (as Jesus Rodriguez Folgar)
Jesús García Gárgoles .... production assistant
Fernando Lacruz .... second production assistant
Vicente Llosa .... direction secretary
Joaquín Palomares .... second production assistant
Jorge Grau .... director: re-takes (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Los jueves, milagro" - Spain (original title)
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84 min
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)


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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Sublime film but with censorship realized by the great maestro Luis Garcia Berlanga, 11 June 2004
Author: ma-cortes

Good film that was beset by difficulties with the censors caused by a relentless critical to Catholic religion and miracles . The movie deals upon a bunch of motley people , the Mayor , the teacher , the pharmaceutic , the doctor who set up a caper about a miracle for profits the village where a spa doesn't work. They persuade to Jose Isbert feigning to have seen a Saint : ¨Dimas¨. Dimas will appear in the person of Richard Basehart who will find the village's dumb played by Manuel Alexandre .

In the flick there are especially comedy , humor , joy , satire and social critical which tended not to be very well received by the censor . The movie displays a Spanish star-studded such as : Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez ,Juan Calvo , Manuel Alexandre, Jose Isbert , Alberto Romea ; Italians : Paolo Stoppa and one American , Richard Basehart , married to Italian Valentina Cortese who starred ¨Calabuch¨ along with Edmund Gwenn and equally directed by Berlanga .

Direction by Luis Garcia Berlanga is pretty good , assistant direction is Jesus Franco . Franco Ferrara's music is excellent . Fine cinematography in white and black by Francisco Sempere . Berlanga's conceptual and political audacity, so evident in this film , ¨Los Jueves, Milagro¨ (1957), was modified by the censors and was delayed for several years before its eventual release . He filmed other polemic movies during the 50s as ¨Bienvenido Mister Marshall¨ (1953) and considered to be one of the best Spanish films of the history . Their next joint venture was ¨Plácido¨ (1961), which received an Oscar nomination in 1963. That same year, Berlanga made one of his best films: ¨El Verdugo¨ (1963); however, his strong portrait of Spanish society didn't please the pro-Franco authorities, although the film was well-received at the Venice Festival. He continued filming other interesting pictures as in 1973 he went to Paris to begin filming ¨Grandeur nature¨ , another problematic film , focusing this time on the fetishism of a man who falls in love with a doll . Several years later, after Franco's death, he filmed a trilogy comprising ¨La Escopeta Nacional¨ (1978), ¨Patrimonio Nacional¨ (1981) and ¨Nacional III¨ (1982), where he clarified the disorders evident in the Spanish upper middle-class upon being confronted with a new political status quo . Following the same theme he filmed a peculiar comedy titled La Vaquilla (1985), set in the Spanish Civil War .

Rating : 6,5 above average . Well worth watching .

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