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The Shanghai Spell (2002)

El embrujo de Shanghai (original title)
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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Capitán Blay (as Fernando Fernán-Gómez)
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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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12 April 2002 (Spain)  »

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A sanghaji varázslat  »

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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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References Laura (1944) See more »

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Canción y danza nº6
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No Spell Here
28 August 2010 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Trueba doesn't seem to make up his mind with 'El Embrujo de Shanghai'. Within the main story there's another one, a Chinese story that has nothing to do with the rest of the events (even though it's well shot and reminds one of the days of film noir). In the last half hour, when the last portion of the Chinese story ends, the main story takes a drastic turn that feels forced and out of sync. The writing lacks depth and development, as a result of which the performances suffer. Jorge Sanz, Rosa Maria Sardà and Fernando Fernán Gómez are wasted. Ariadna Gil's role is a caricature alcoholic mom. In terms of execution, with the exception of the Chinese subplot, everything else is ordinary. At times the lighting was irritating. Overall I enjoyed the film noir sequences and the scenes that involved Dani and his drawings. I had expected better from Fernando Trueba.


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