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The Shanghai Spell (2002)
"El embrujo de Shanghai" (original title)

 -  Drama | Mystery  -  12 April 2002 (Spain)
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A fourteen year old lad discovers his first love at the point of his pencil whilst drawing the portrait of a sickly but coquettish fifteen year old girl. In the neighbourhood an old ... See full summary »

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A fourteen year old lad discovers his first love at the point of his pencil whilst drawing the portrait of a sickly but coquettish fifteen year old girl. In the neighbourhood an old freedom-fighter pits himself against bad types, a pretty cinema-ticket girl takes to the streets at night and a young anarchist dedicates himself to telling tall stories. Far away, in Shanghai, a hero of the Republic meets a beautiful femme fatal with oriental eyes. Reality and fiction become fused in an embrace. Written by Anonymous

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Was originally a Victor Erice project, but differences between him and producer Andrés Vicente Gómez ended up with his refusal to make the movie. See more »

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The Road to Shanghai
17 December 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The only attraction with this film is Fernando Fernan Gomez. We might like, or might not like the film, but Fernan Gomez is always an interesting face to see in the Spanish Cinema.

Fernando Trueba displays a heavy hand in this film that tries to evoke the era in which the action happens. He decided to add a film within the film as is the Chinese black and white story that is told to a convalescing girl with tuberculosis by a shady character that one day appears out of nowhere to stay in her mother's apartment.

The black and white film is a distraction that doesn't add anything to the story and leaves things in limbo. Why didn't Trueba concentrate on the main characters? Why insert the Chinese story that is supposed to be a story that has nothing to do with the other one.? Mysteries of the Spanish cinema of today!

The Anita of Ariadna Gil is white trash. She's the object of desire among the men of the neighborhood. As the Chinese siren of the second story she's no Anna Sten exactly. Antonio Resines looks out of place as the wrong guy in the wrong place. Rosa Maria Sarda has nothing to do and better yet, a star like Jorge Sanz has only two scenes and frankly it doesn't add to the film at all.

Mr. Trueba take us back to a Belle Epoque, please!


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