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Release Date:
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 »
4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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  (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
James A. Puig .... dolby consultant (as Jaume Puig)
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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Additional Details

92 min | Spain:109 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Carmen Maura was the first choice for the title role of CelestinaSee more »
Movie Connections:
Version of "La Celestina" (1983)See more »
Fantasies pavanes & gallardes: Gallarda 6 y Fantasía 1See more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
An Attempt to Recreate the Magic of LA CELESTINA, 1 November 2006
Author: gradyharp from United States

LA CELESTINA was written in 1499 by Fernando de Rojas and is considered to be second only to Cervantes' DON QUIXOTE as the greatest work of Spanish literature. Here the novel is adapted for the screen by Rafael Azcona, Francisco Rico, and Gerardo Vera, the last contributor serving as director of this sadly uneven film. Despite boasting a cast of some of the finest actors in Spain, the dialogue is such a mishmash of old rhythms and contemporary expressions that much of the magic is lost.

But then the story is a bit on the 15th century wild side: a handsome young knight Calisto (Juan Diego Botto) is obsessively in love with the beautiful Melibea (Penélope Cruz) yet it takes the love potions of the bruja Celestina (Terele Pávez), enlisted by Calisto's conniving servant Sempronio (Nancho Novo), to effect the magic. Calisto's faithful and humble servant Pármeno (Jordi Mollà) fails in his attempts to block the spells delivered by Celestina but to no avail. Once the magic is in effect the worlds of each person fall apart. The human passions of love, greed, lust, revenge, and desire interplay in a manner that brings destruction in the path.

Made in 1996 before many of the actors involved became famous, the film 'looks' magical with radiant costumes and sets and spot on music. But the dialogue is clumsy, the English translations even clumsier, and the whole story fails to work its spell on the audience. Instead of a fiery climax the film just sort of fizzles. But it is interesting to see Penélope Cruz, Juan Diego Botto, Maribel Verdú, Jordi Mollà and Nancho Novo in their early stage of development. This is an escapist period piece that could have been so much better, but even in this state it is entertaining. Grady Harp

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