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The Grandfather -- After his son dies, an elderly man comes back to Spain from the US and hopes to find out which of his granddaughters is true, and which one is bastard.

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Release Date:
30 October 1998 (Spain) See more »
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After his son dies, an elderly man comes back to Spain from the US and hopes to find out which of his granddaughters is true, and which one is bastard. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 9 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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The Grandfather Fernando Fern Gomez This film deserves wider audience than it received in 1999 See more (21 total) »

Cast

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Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Don Rodrigo de Arista Potestad
Rafael Alonso ... Don Pío Coronado

Cayetana Guillén Cuervo ... Doña Lucrecia Richmond
Agustín González ... Senén Corchado
Cristina Cruz ... Dolly
Alicia Rozas ... Nelly
Fernando Guillén ... Alcalde de Jerusa
Francisco Piquer ... Prior de Zaratay
María Massip ... Gregoria
José Caride ... Venancio
Francisco Algora ... Don Carmelo
Emma Cohen ... Vicenta, la alcaldesa
Juan Calot ... Don Salvador, médico
Concha Gómez Conde ... Doña Consuelito
Nuria Rodríguez ... Criada
José Luis Merino ... Camarero casino
Antonio Valero ... Don Jaime, ministro
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Selica Torcal ... Dolly (voice)
Félix Acaso ... Voz de Pío Coronado (uncredited)
Julio Gavilanes ... (uncredited)
Juan Antonio Gálvez ... Voz de Don Jaime (uncredited)
Sara Vivas ... Voz de Nelly (uncredited)

Directed by
José Luis Garci 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
José Luis Garci  writer
Benito Pérez Galdós  novel
Horacio Valcárcel  writer

Produced by
Luis María Delgado .... executive producer
José Luis Garci .... producer
 
Original Music by
Manuel Balboa 
 
Cinematography by
Raúl Pérez Cubero 
 
Film Editing by
Miguel González Sinde 
 
Production Design by
Julián Mateos 
 
Set Decoration by
Gil Parrondo 
 
Costume Design by
Gumersindo Andrés 
 
Makeup Department
Cristóbal Criado .... makeup artist
Alicia López Medina .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Valentín Panero .... production manager
Enrique Quintana .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paloma Delgado .... second second assistant director
Salvador Gómez Cuenca .... assistant director (as Salvador Gómez Jr.)
José Alberto Sánchez .... second assistant director (as Jose Alberto Sanchez)
 
Art Department
José María Alarcón .... assistant set decorator
Pablo Arroyo .... assistant property master
Pedro Jesús De la Fuente .... supervising set decorator (as Pedro J. de la Fuente)
José G. Donado .... painter (as José García Donado)
José Luis García Quevedo .... assistant property master
Félix García .... assistant property master (as Félix García López)
Santos Pedroche .... set dresser
José Luis Álvarez .... property master
José Luis Moya .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
José Antonio Bermúdez .... sound
Luis Castro .... sound effects
Antonio García .... sound
Diego Garrido .... sound
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
Dan Edelstein .... supervising sound editor: US release (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Manuel Floriano .... special effects technician
Antonio Molina .... special effects (as Molina)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paulino Alonso .... generator operator
David Cobos .... still photographer
Julio García .... grip
Pedro González Ruiz .... second assistant camera
Salvador G. González .... electrician
Daniel Guirles .... electrician
Salvador Gómez Calle .... assistant camera
Roberto Keusses .... key grip
Joaquín Manchado .... Steadicam operator
Andrés Martínez .... electrician
Ricardo Navarrete .... camera operator
José Antonio Oliva .... gaffer
Carlos Parra .... electrician
David Azcano .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lourdes de Orduña .... assistant costume designer
Carmen Vigo .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Sonia Camino .... second assistant editor (as Sonia Paz Camino)
Carlos Ramos .... second assistant editor
Amparo Roces .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Juan Carmona .... administrator
Ángel Manuel Chivite .... production assistant
Irene González .... assistant administrator
Margarita Pardo .... script supervisor
José A. Sánchez .... second production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"El abuelo" - Spain (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for thematic elements and language
Runtime:
151 min | Argentina:147 min
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Don Rodrigo de Arista Potestad:Villainy is forgivable. Ingratitude, never.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of El abuelo (1954)See more »
Soundtrack:
GymnopédieSee more »

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The Grandfather Fernando Fern Gomez This film deserves wider audience than it received in 1999, 28 January 2010
Author: dfwforeignbuff from Dallas Tx United States75214

The Grandfather (1999) El Abuelo This film directed by José Luis Garci, who won an Academy Award in 1983 for "To Begin Again,". Based on Benito Perez Galdos novel, the film that comments on how families are built by love, not blood. Love is the only bond that can hold a family together, & this movie proves it. When an aging, bitter, turn-of-the-century Spanish aristocrat (Fernando Fernán-Gómez) learns that his son has died, he travels back to his family estate in Spain to confront his detested daughter-in-law (Cayetana Guillén Cuervo), whom he suspects of bearing him an illegitimate granddaughter. But which one is it? Which granddaughter will gain his blessing, & which his curse? This once powerful and still proud patriarch finds it hard to deal with the shameful and humiliating treatment he receives from the townsfolk. As his ego is battered, he slowly mellows. His friendship with Pio Coronado (Rafael Alonso) improves his mental health.(the old teacher who has had serious thoughts about suicide). In the last stages of his life, the Count learns a thing or two about time, love, friendship, and blood ties. He is free at last to cave in to the impulses and desires of his heart. While the film is a deeply touching story & contains very lush beautiful cinematography this movies moves at a snail's pace & is very long at 145 minutes. The great Spanish character actor Fernando Fernan-Gomez (Belle Epoque) won a Spanish Goya award for his part in this film as aged Count of Albrit. His creaky performance is a standout; excellent –well really- fantastic he is in this role characterizing The Grandfather. The film is just a little too slow & constrained. In addition to the strong performances, the film's cinematography is absolutely beautiful. The lush & verdant Spanish landscape is the backdrop, the rural scenery sweeps of Spain is just a beauty to behold. The stunning cinematography literally makes turn-of-the-century Spain appear as if it's just been stolen from an famous summer painting. In 1999, The Grandfather deserved its the Spanish nomination for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film. It also received a dozen Spanish Goya nominations. This is the third time Galdos' novel has been brought to the screen, & this one is well worth the effort to watch. My main comment would be how poor the (Spanish) dubbing was. It was a very bad choice to have the two small girls voices dubbed in by fake sounding adults who do not sound like a child at all. There were consistent problems with the voice dubbing & synchronizing throughout the movie. I watched the movie in Spanish with English Subtitles. I hope this film get a wider audience than it had in 1999 it is really almost an epic of a movie and extremely beautiful and interesting. The Grandfather magically transports us to a time and a way of life that have long since disappeared. However it is a tad boring as it is long and slow but art film lovers hang in there and watch this !! I still liked the movie a lot!

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