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8 November 1996 (Spain) See more »
The young nobleman Calisto falls in love with Melibea, the daughter of a rich merchant. Calisto's servant... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Medieval drama about a fateful love story based on the Tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea by Fernando De Rojas See more (9 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Penélope Cruz ... Melibea (as Penelope Cruz)

Terele Pávez ... Celestina (as Terele Pavez)

Juan Diego Botto ... Calisto

Maribel Verdú ... Areusa (as Maribel Verdu)

Jordi Mollà ... Pármeno (as Jordi Molla)
Nancho Novo ... Sempronio

Nathalie Seseña ... Lucrecia
Carlos Fuentes ... Sosia

Candela Peña ... Elicia
Anna Lizaran ... Alisa (as Ana Lizaran)

Sergio Villanueva ... Tristán
Ángel de Andrés López ... Centurio (as Angel de Andres Lopez)

Lluís Homar ... Pleberio (as Lluis Homar)
Ana Risueño ... Poncia
Rodrigo García ... Crito (as Rodrigo Garcia)
Amparo Gómez Ramos ... Ana (as Amparo Gomez Ramos)
Joaquín Notario ... Verdugo (as Joaquin Notario)
José Coromina ... Traso (as Jose Coromina)
Aquilino Gamazo ... Patibulario
Igor Otaegui ... Patibulario

Directed by
Gerardo Vera 
Writing credits
Fernando de Rojas (novel)

Rafael Azcona (adaptation) and
Gerardo Vera (adaptation)

Francisco Rico (additional dialogue)

Rafael Azcona (screenplay)

Produced by
Fernando de Garcillán .... associate producer (as Fernando de Garcillan)
Andrés Vicente Gómez .... producer (as Andres Vicente Gomez)
Antonio Saura .... associate producer
Cinematography by
José Luis López-Linares  (as Jose Luis Lopez-Linares)
Film Editing by
Pedro del Rey 
Production Design by
Ana Alvargonzález  (as Ana Alvargonzalez)
Costume Design by
Sonia Grande 
Gerardo Vera 
Makeup Department
Marta Adánez .... assistant makeup artist (as Marta Adanez)
Paca Almenara .... makeup artist
Dolores Damas .... assistant hair stylist
Montse Damas .... assistant hair stylist
María Jesús Echevarría .... hair stylist (as Maria Jesus Echevarria)
Alicia López Medina .... hair stylist (as Alicia Lopez Medina)
Paula Moheda .... assistant hair stylist
Teresa Rabal .... assistant makeup artist
Rosana Rodríguez .... assistant makeup artist (as Rosana Rodriguez)
Production Management
Angélica Huete .... unit production manager (as Angelica Huete)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arantxa Aguirre .... assistant director
Daniel Cebrián .... second assistant director (as Daniel Cebrian)
Ana Serret .... third assistant director
Vicente Vieitez .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
José Miguel Bombín .... assistant set decorator (as Jose Miguel Bombin)
Carlos Fominaya .... head set dresser
Ángel García .... property master (as Angel Garcia)
Jesús Gómez .... props (as Jesus Gomez)
Nano Montero .... props
Betty Pérez .... props (as Betty Perez)
Javier Mateos .... laborer: set decorator/prop shop (uncredited)
Sound Department
José Antonio Bermúdez .... sound mixer (as Jose Antonio Bermudez)
Marco Bermúdez .... sound effects recordist (as Marco Bermudez)
Luis Castro .... foley artist
Jaime Fernández-Cid Buscató .... boom operator (as Jaime Fernandez-Cid)
Antonio García .... dialogue recordist (as Antonio Garcia)
Diego Garrido .... sound mixer
Jaume Puig .... dolby consultant
Miguel Rejas .... sound
Special Effects by
Reyes Abades .... special effects
Juan Carlos Urbán .... special effects assistant (as Juan Carlos Urban)
Tomás Urbán .... special effects (as Tomas Urban)
Visual Effects by
Pablo Núñez .... opticals
Ignacio Carreño .... stunt double: Lluís Homar
Juan Maján .... stunts (as Juan Majan)
Luis Rodríguez .... stunts (as Luis Rodríguez)
Camera and Electrical Department
Arturo Aldegunde .... steadicam
Luis Miguel Daza .... electrician
Teo Delgado .... camera operator
Alfredo Díaz .... key grip (as Alfredo Diaz)
Eva Díaz .... second assistant camera (as Eva Diaz Iglesias)
Emma Fernández .... second assistant camera (as Emma Fernandez)
Mónica Lleó .... video assist (as Monica Lleo)
Emiliano Merino .... gaffer
Félix Pascual .... electrician (as Felix Pascual)
Pilar Redal .... assistant camera (as Pity Redal Montane)
Jorge Samper .... electrician (as Jorge Samper)
Antonio Sanz .... still photographer
José Sedano .... lighting technician
Macu Tejera Osuna .... assistant still photographer (as Macu Tejero)
Manuel Zambrana .... still photographer (as Manuel Zambrano)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alejandro Carrasco .... costume assistant
Francisco Delgado .... assistant costume designer
María Luisa Durán .... costume assistant (as Maria Luisa Duran)
Joaquín Montull .... assistant costume designer (as Joaquin Montul)
Manuel Ortega .... costume assistant (as Manolo Ortega)
Isabel Perales .... seamstress assistant
Marina Rodríguez .... seamstress (as Marina Rodriguez)
María de los Ángeles del Saz .... costume assistant (as Maria de los Angeles del Saz)
Editorial Department
Ascen Marchena .... second assistant editor
Blanca Rodríguez .... assistant editor (as Blanca Rodríguez)
Music Department
Gerardo Vera .... music selection
Transportation Department
Ángel Frutos .... driver (as Angel Frutos)
Andrés García .... driver (as Andres Garcia Moreno)
José Carlos Lariz Alonso .... driver (as Jose Carlos Lariz)
Matías Pilas .... driver (as Matias Pilas)
Agustín Ruiz .... driver (as Agustin Ruiz)
Other crew
Yuyi Beringola .... script supervisor
Fernando Durán .... production trainee (as Fernando Duran)
Félix Durán .... wrangler (as Felix Duran)
Ana Figueroa .... third production assistant
Francisco Javier García .... production trainee (as Francisco Javier Garcia)
Raimundo García .... script supervisor (as Raimundo Garcia)
Wenceslao García .... fencing (as Wenceslao Garcia)
José María González Sinde .... second production assistant (as Jose M.ª Gonzalez Sinde Reig)
Margarita Kramer .... press and publicity
Carlos Morais .... production trainee (as Carlos Morais de Araujo)
Alfonso Ortegón .... production trainee (as Alfonso Ortegon)
Igor Otaegui .... fencing
Rafael Pedregosa .... wrangler
Jesús Riarán .... wrangler (as Jesus Riaran)
María Rodríguez .... production assistant (as Maria Rodriguez)
Marta Sabell .... production trainee (as Marta Sabell Stewart-Howie)
Eva Sklar .... press and publicity
Santiago Vargas .... production trainee (as Santiago Vargas Tejerina)
Chus Pérez Castro .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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92 min | Spain:109 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Medieval drama about a fateful love story based on the Tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea by Fernando De Rojas, 28 December 2015
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

Based on the novel considered to be one of the greatest works of Spanish literature, and traditionally marks the end of medieval literature and the beginning of the literary renaissance in Spain . It deals with a young nobleman , Calisto (Juan Diego Botto) , who falls in love for Melibea (Penélope Cruz) , the daughter of a rich trader . Calisto's servant Sempronio suggests they get the intriguing Celestina (Terele Pavez) to further the romance . As he uses the old procuress Celestina to start an affair with Melibea , an unmarried girl kept in seclusion by her parents . The sorceress Celestina is the owner of a brothel and in charge of two young employees . She uses people's greed, sexual appetite which she helps create , then provides means to satisfy , and love to control them . She was once a prostitute, and now she dedicates her time to arranging discreet meetings between illicit lovers, and at the same time uses her house as a brothel for the prostitutes Elicia (Candela Peña) and Areusa (Maribel Verdu) . However Calisto's other servant Parmeno is suspicious of Celestina , as he knows about her tricks. After Celestina convinces Melibea of Calisto's love and manages a brief clandestine meeting between them , Calisto gives Celestina a valuable gold chain . Both servants -Pármeno (Jordi Mollà) and Sempronio (Nancho Novo)- are not satisfied with the rewards supplied by Celestina and demand more from her . As when the weary Calisto returns home at dawn to sleep, his two servants go round to Celestina's house to get their share of the gold . Celestina tries to cheat them and in rage fight and events go awry .

The rich as well as perverse roles of this film based on famous book ¨La Celestina¨ by Fernando De Rojas are inspired by the meddling characters of the comedies of Plautus and in works of the Middle Ages such as The Book of Good Love by Juan Ruiz ¨Arcipreste De Hita¨ and Italian works like The Tale of the Two Lovers by Enea Silvio Piccolomini and Elegía de Madonna Fiammeta by Giovanni Boccaccio and other usual archetypes of medieval literature . La Celestina was written during the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella , whose marriage took place in 1469 and lasted until 1504 , the year of Isabella's death, which occupies the last phase of the Pre-Renaissance for Spain and when took place major events in the history of Spain as the discovery of the Americas , the conquest of Granada and the expulsion of the Jews . The film relies heavily on the intrigues of the nasty servants plenty of nudism and sexual scenes in which the couples of whores and villains are usually making love . One common feature of all of the characters result to be their individualism , their egoism, and their lack of altruism . The private benefit of the lower-class characters forms a substitute for the love/lust present for the upper class . The character development is carried out through relationships between complementary or opposing roles , as in general there are two opposite groups of characters, the servants and the nobles, and within each group are characters divided into pairs . At the end take place a dramatic sequence of happenings , thus setting off treason , deaths and executions . Nice acting by Terele Pavez as Celestina , she gives a colorful and vivid character , hedonistic , miserly , and yet full of life. She has such a deep understanding of the psychology of the other characters that she can convince even those who do not agree with her plans to accede to them . Celestina represents a subversive element in the society, by spreading and facilitating sexual pleasure . As the name Celestina has become synonymous with Procuress , especially an older woman used to further an illicit affair , and is a literary archetype of this character , the masculine counterpart being Pandarus . Celestina is the element that catalyzes the tragedy, and represents a life lived with wild abandon . Acceptable main cast formed by young actors as Juan Diego Botto and Penélope Cruz . They are supported by a magnificent secondary cast , such as Nathalie Seseña , Carlos Fuentes , Anna Lizaran , Ángel Andrés López , Lluís Homar and Ana Risueño , among others .

Colorful and brilliant cinematography by José Luis López-Linares . Atmospheric and evocative musical score full of Middle Age music and classical soundtrack . The motion picture was regularly shot by Gerardo Vera , being filmed in his usual formal and stylistic scholarship , without leaving a trace the thought-provoking issues , in terms of dramatic and narrative excitement . It was notorious screen-writer Rafael Azcona who encouraged director Gerardo Vera to make this movie . Gerardo Vera was born in Madrid , where he often shoots his films . He is a good filmmaker , production designer and costume designer , known for Deseo (2002) , Tattoo (1999) , Segunda Piel (1999) and especially this , La Celestina (1996). Gerardo Vera is particularly famous as a prestigious Production designer , being known for El Pecador Impeccable , Fuego Eterno , Mitad del Cielo , Tasio , Feroz and La Niña De Tus Ojos (1998).

They are several renditions about ¨La Celestina¨, although usually regarded as a novel , it is written as a continuous series of dialogues and can be taken as a play , having been staged as such and filmed . These are the followings : 1969 year by Cesar Fernández Arvadin with Julián Mateos as Calisto , Elisa Ramírez as Melibea and Amelia de la Torre as Celestina ; TV miniseries with Miguel Ayones , Gemma Cuervo , Cándida Losada and Tony Soler as Celestina and Mexican version (1976) with Isela Vega , Ofelia , and Ana De Sade

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