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A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (1988)

Un señor muy viejo con unas alas enormes (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 3 November 1990 (Japan)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daisy Granados ...
Asdrúbal Meléndez ...
Luis Alberto Ramírez ...
Father Gonzaga
Adolfo Llauradó ...
Lucky O'Capitone
Márcia Barreto ...
Fernando Birri ...
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
Silvia Planas ...
Mrs. Eulalia
María Luisa Mayor ...
Parmenia Silva ...
Marabú ...
René Martinez ...
Rodrigo Utria ...
José Miguel Lugo ...
Young Anajan
Adrián García ...
Young Anajan
Raúl Castellanos ...
Neighbor with Donkeys


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a somewhat crass study of exploitation
13 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Luis Buñuel might have enjoyed this antic fantasy, adapted from a story by Gabriel García Márquez, about an ignorant couple who find the title character (played by director Fernando Birri) washed ashore like driftwood on their crab-infested beach. Is he a fallen angel or simply a freak of nature? No one can say (the old man himself is apparently mute), but after giving him a home in their chicken pen rumors begin to spread of a miraculous visitation, and the unfortunate 'angel' soon becomes both an object of worship and a target of ridicule, sometimes simultaneously. Before too long he's the star attraction in a frenzied carnival midway, competing against the so-called Spider Woman (with her absurd, 'explanatory' semi-porn performance art video) and other sideshow curiosities. The more emotional national characteristics of each country in the Italian-Cuban-Spanish co-production team combine to make it a fast, crude parable of innocence corrupted, blurring the line between religious ecstasy and show-biz hysteria.

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