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El Lazarillo de Tormes (1959)

Film based on an anonymous novel from the XVI century.

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(as César Ardavín)

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(novel), (as César Ardavín)
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Marco Paoletti ...
Lazarillo
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The Squire (as Juan José Menéndez)
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Ciego (Blind Man)
Memmo Carotenuto ...
Cómico (The Actor)
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Alguacil (Bailiff) (as Antonio Molino)
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Antona
Emilio Santiago ...
Sacristán de la Sagra
Pilar Sanclemente ...
Ciega (Blind Girl) (as Pilarín Sanclemente)
Mary Paz Pondal ...
Moza 1ª (Girl #1)
Ana Rivero ...
Moza 2ª (Girl #2)
Juana Cáceres ...
Mujer sacristán
Luis Roses ...
Tejero
Victoria Rambla ...
Viuda (Widow)
Carmen Rodríguez ...
Hilandera vieja
Ángeles Macua ...
Hilandera joven (as Angelines Macua)
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Film based on an anonymous novel from the XVI century.

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Nice film based on a classic novel , it features amusing events , adequate cinematography and good settings
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Pretty good adaptation about a vintage novel that is credited with founding a literary genre , the Picaresque novel , from the Spanish world ¨Picaro¨ , meaning rogue or rascal . Lázaro , Marco Paloetti , is a poor boy of humble origins from Salamanca . His mother , Margarita Lozano , asks a wily blind beggar , Carlos Casaravilla , to take him as his apprentice . Lázaro uses his cunning while serving the blind person as well as several other masters , and also learning to practice all kinds of tricks and traps . Lazarillo suffers extreme famine because of the lack of food and designs a lot of strategies to get aliments . As he deals with a blind , a selfish verger , a starving squire : Juanjo Menendez and some travelling comedians : Carenutto , who agree to a bailiff , Antonio Molino Rojo , carry out a set-up about fake miracles . As the swindlers deceive suppliants purchasing indulgences .

Based on an anonymous book that created the picaresque novel , this extensive genre includes ¨Cervantes's Rinconete and Cortadillo¨ , ¨Henry Fielding's Tom Jones¨ and ¨Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn¨ . The identity of the author of ¨Lazarillo¨ has been a puzzle for nearly four hundred years , it is likely that the writer chose to remain anonymous out of fear of religious prosecution . Its influence extends to twentieth century , dramas , and movies featuring the ¨anti-hero¨ . ¨Lazarillo De Tormes¨ gives a vivid and jolly description of the world of the pauper and the petty thief , including various popular sayings and a great number of of villagers stories . It describes the adventures of the Picaro Lazarillo , amusingly played by Marco Paleotti , exposing injustices who usually suffers while amusing the viewer . Lazarillo De Tormes comes from river Tormes , this is a river runs through his home town : Salamanca . Given the subversive nature of Lazarillo , and its open criticism of the Catholic Church , the film was strongly censored by the Francoist authorities . This movie displays an appropriate photography by the great cameraman Manuel Berenguer . Being masterfully shot on atmospheric location in Toledo , Salamanca , Frias , Lereya , Olias Del Rey , Alberca , Lerma , Tordesillas and other Castilian towns and villages . The motion picture was stunningly directed by Cesar Fernández Ardavin and it won the Golden Bear in Berlin Festival.

This classic novel has been adapted several times : a silent rendition , 1925 , by Florian Rey with Jose Nieto , Montenegro and Pitusin . 1997 retelling titled ¨The Rogues¨ by Mario Monicelli with Giancarlo Giannini , Vittorio Gassman , Giuliana De Sio , Bernand Blier . 2oo1 ¨Lazarillo De Tormes¨ directed by Fernando Fernández Gómez , José Luis García Sánchez with Rafael Alvarez , el Brujo , Manuel Alexandre and Beatriz Rico . And a recently made episode 2016 from the successful series ¨El Ministerio Del Tiempo¨ was starred by El Lazarillo De Tormes along with Rodolfo Sancho and Aura Garrido .


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