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The Dog in the Manger (1996)

El perro del hortelano (original title)
Diana, Duchess of Belflor, is a smart and attractive young lady who is in love with his secretary Teodoro, but he is engaged to Marcela, a lady-in-waiting of the Duchess. Diana, driven by ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana - condesa de Belflor (as Emma Suarez)
Teodoro (as Carmelo Gomez)
Fernando Conde ...
Miguel Rellán ...
Fabio (as Miguel Rellan)
Juan Gea ...
Maite Blasco ...
Rafael Alonso ...
José Lifante ...
Octavio (as Jose Lifante)
Vicente Díez ...
Celio (as Vicente Diez)
Cesáreo Estébanez ...
Leónido (as Cesareo Estebanez)
Diego Carvajal ...
Vicente Cuesta ...


Diana, Duchess of Belflor, is a smart and attractive young lady who is in love with his secretary Teodoro, but he is engaged to Marcela, a lady-in-waiting of the Duchess. Diana, driven by jealousy and envy, tries to separate the two lovers. Written by J. M. Lucas

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Comedy | Romance


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27 November 1996 (Spain)  »

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The Dog in the Manger  »

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Music Performed by the Arcata Minuta orchestra
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Good adaptation of classic Spanish play
8 February 2008 | by (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – See all my reviews

I saw this Spanish film in Mar del Plata Film Festival in 1996, where it won the top prize. As an anecdote, Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein (who was on the jury in that festival) sat right next in front of me at the theater. Based on a play by Lope de Vega, written in 1615, during the golden age of Spanish literature, this movie never rises above filmed theater, but it is very well done. I think if you don't speak Spanish, though, you will lost a lot in the translation, a lot of the word games the play is based on. Emma Suarez (a fine Spanish actress) is the leading female; this was one of the last films of director Pilar Miro. Unfortunately, the movie hasn't been seen a lot since then. Many films (including good films, like this one, that won the first prize in a film festival) get forgotten with time. When you see an art movie today, most of the people in the audience are old people, you see very few young people watching this sort of movies; I guess they are playing computer games in their homes instead. This makes me me wonder about the future of cinema as an art.

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