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¡Viva lo imposible! (1958)



(play) (as Joaquin Calvo Sotelo), (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Palmira López
Don Sabino López (as Manolo Moran)
Adriani (as Gila)
Julio Núñez ...
Eusebio López (as Julio Nuñez)
Julia Caba Alba ...
Don Emilio (as Jose Marco Davo)
Fernando Sancho ...
Saturnino (as Raul Cancio)
Vicky Lagos ...
Ángel Ter ...
Zozof (as Angel Ter)
Tony Soler ...
Mario Morales ...
Yelena Samarina ...
Eloísa (as Elena Samarina)
Jesús Narro ...
Payaso violinista (as Jesus Narro)
José Ramón Giner ...
Vecino (as Jose Ramon Giner)


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circus | melodrama | based on play | See All (3) »







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July 1958 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Long Live the Impossible!  »

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Entertaining and thought provoking film Rafael Gil
8 August 2012 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Tired of the hardships imposed by his modest salary as an official, "Don Sabino" (Manolo Morán), sells her few belongings and convinces his sons "Palmira" officer and "Eusebius" notaries student, to join him in the adventure to know other cities, other people and another way of living.

"Viva lo impossible" is a piece of theater written by Miguel Mihura and Joaquin Calvo Sotelo, the movie was premiered at the Palace of the Press on September 1, 1958, obtained an average result at the box office and provides Manolo Moran National Performance Award.

Assuming that "Viva lo impossible! or "El contable de las estrellas" did not leave a good taste to assume Mihura despite its theatrical premiere. The predictable frustration that he had certainly not to release his first play, "Three hats" made safe by stepping Mihura have to "Viva lo impossible!" collaboration with Joaquin Calvo Sotelo, which of course ensured an open and business critical support. The language and structure of the work does not correspond to Mihura tone, which he acknowledged years later participated little in its authorship (the Calvo Sotelo is, in fact, the only signature of the copy submitted to censorship).

The passage of the work for the theater was not triumphant. Released in the cold autumn of 1939, garnered a notable failure: "criticism treated us very well, took the rooftops and told us we were very smart gentlemen. But the cold was impossible. The street price was raised. The public, the lack of private cars, just went out at night ... And there was nobody to see the play. He was given thirty performances and comedy died of cold and was buried there forever. " And Mihura only get 1,500 pesetas in respect of copyright.

After this brief passage through the stages, the work falls into the oblivion from which only comes when, years later, and decides to issue Mihura. This makes that in 1957, Rafael Gil propose to Mihura to make a film adaptation with his more or less direct collaboration on the screenplay. More or less because his participation is limited to 25,000 pesetas pocket to keep some conversations about the text with the director, in his contract expressly states that do not have to write a single line.

In "Viva lo impossible", Gil is now more focused on his role as producer and the film gives it away. Determined to win the favor of censorship and especially the Board of Classification, R.Gil, gives a bend at the end of the script: If in the original work "Manolito" ended up escaping with his grandfather in the circus in search of a life outside of any convention, in the film the final scene shows the family together, including the child, singing a carol while the circus was away with their caravans. But the depth charge against the institution has made an impact on the water line when his parents (Paquita Rico and Jose Maria Rodero) discuss how to spend Sunday afternoon…

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