Doña Bárbara (2008– )

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Season:

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Year:

2009 | 2008
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Edith González ...
 Doña Bárbara Guaimarán (1 episode, 2008)
...
 Santos Luzardo (1 episode, 2008)
...
 Marisela Barquero Guaimarán (1 episode, 2008)
...
 Cecilia Vergel (1 episode, 2008)
Arap Bethke ...
 Antonio Sandoval (1 episode, 2008)
...
 Balbino Paiba (1 episode, 2008)
Roberto Mateos ...
 Lorenzo Barquero (1 episode, 2008)
Raul Gutierrez ...
 Coronel Diógenes Pernalete (1 episode, 2008)
Lucy Martínez ...
 Eustaquia (1 episode, 2008)
Iván Rodríguez ...
 Melezio Sandoval (1 episode, 2008)
Martha Isabel Bolaños ...
 Josefa Martínez (1 episode, 2008)
Alberto Valdiri ...
 Francisco Mujica 'Mujiquita' (1 episode, 2008)
Amparo Moreno ...
 Casilda (1 episode, 2008)
Lucho Velasco ...
 Melquíades Gamarra 'El Brujeador' (1 episode, 2008)
Mimi Morales ...
 Altagracia Linares (1 episode, 2008)
Daniela Tapia ...
 Gervasia (1 episode, 2008)
Alejandra Sandoval ...
 Genoveva Flores (1 episode, 2008)
Esmeralda Pinzón ...
 Federica Pernalete (1 episode, 2008)
Pedro Rendón ...
 Carmelo López 'Carmelito' (1 episode, 2008)
Gary Forero ...
 León Mondragón (1 episode, 2008)
Roberto Manrique ...
 María Nieves González (1 episode, 2008)
Andres Ogilvie Browne ...
 Juan Primito (1 episode, 2008)
Paula Barreto ...
 Luisana Requeña (1 episode, 2008)
Bibiana Corrales ...
 Melezia (1 episode, 2008)
Adriana Silva ...
 Josefina (1 episode, 2008)
...
 William Danger (1 episode, 2008)
Andrés Martínez ...
 Tigre Mondragón (1 episode, 2008)
Tiberio Cruz ...
 Juan Palacios 'Pajarote' (1 episode, 2008)
Joseph Abadia ...
 Acosta (1 episode, 2008)
Javier Alexander ...
 César Barquero (1 episode, 2008)
Julian Alvarez ...
 Cosme Miranda (1 episode, 2008)
Humberto Arango ...
 Fidel Castell 'El Sapo' (1 episode, 2008)
Sebastian Boscán ...
 Néstor Peracaza (1 episode, 2008)
Cristóbal Botero ...
 Policía (1 episode, 2008)
Felipe Calero ...
 Félix Luzardo (1 episode, 2008)
Hermes Camelo ...
 José Tancredo Maduro 'El Chepo' (1 episode, 2008)
Jencarlos Canela ...
 Asdrúbal (1 episode, 2008)
Carlos Cifuentes ...
 Doctor (1 episode, 2008)
Amparo Conde ...
 Mercedes 'Meche' (1 episode, 2008)
Jaime Correa ...
 Julián Barreto 'El Gordo' (1 episode, 2008)
Fernando Corredor ...
 Juez (1 episode, 2008)
Abel Coshino ...
 Raúl (1 episode, 2008)
Daniel Coshino ...
 Pablo (1 episode, 2008)
Carlos Cuervo ...
 Antonio (1 episode, 2008)
Marcelo Cézan ...
 Florencio Reyes 'El Quitadolores' (1 episode, 2008)
Naren Daryanani ...
 Onza Mondragón (1 episode, 2008)
Claudia Duque ...
 Amiga de Luisana (1 episode, 2008)
Edgar Duran ...
 Peon (1 episode, 2008)
Edgar Farfán ...
 Jugador (1 episode, 2008)
Claudio Fernández ...
 Tony Kennedy (1 episode, 2008)
Maria Cristina Galindo ...
 Cristina (1 episode, 2008)
José Luis García ...
 Orestes Prieto (1 episode, 2008)
Alexander Garibello ...
 Habitante (1 episode, 2008)
Jose Julian Gaviria ...
 Hércules (1 episode, 2008)
Harry Geithner ...
 Julián Barreto (1 episode, 2008)
Gabriel González ...
 Dr. Baltazar Arias (1 episode, 2008)
Júlio César Herrera ...
 Apolinar Prieto (1 episode, 2008)
Madiot Janeth Ibata ...
 Hija de María (1 episode, 2008)
María Nubia Jiménez ...
 Amiga de Luisana (1 episode, 2008)
Herbert King ...
 Don Encarnación Matute (1 episode, 2008)
Adriana López ...
 Ana Luisa (1 episode, 2008)
Errssell Marca ...
 Marcos (1 episode, 2008)
Sandra Matheus ...
 Doña Pilar (1 episode, 2008)
Vera Mercado
(1 episode, 2008)
Luis Mesa ...
 José Luzardo (1 episode, 2008)
Alejandro Muñoz ...
 Vidra (1 episode, 2008)
Felipe Muñoz ...
 Pedro 'Pedrito' (1 episode, 2008)
Hernán Méndez ...
 Diomedes Cabello 'Perro de Agua' (1 episode, 2008)
Arturo Nieto ...
 Transeúnte (1 episode, 2008)
Nicolas Niño ...
 Antonio Sandoval Niño (1 episode, 2008)
David Noreña ...
 El Patrón (1 episode, 2008)
Eleazar Osorio ...
 Recepcionista (1 episode, 2008)
Erika Pacheco ...
 Hija de María (1 episode, 2008)
Julio Pachón ...
 Nicolás Meléndez (1 episode, 2008)
Boris Palacios ...
 Entrenador (1 episode, 2008)
Tatiana Tocoroma Picón ...
 Hija de María (1 episode, 2008)
Diana Mabel Pineda ...
 Milagros (1 episode, 2008)
Gloria Pinilla
(1 episode, 2008)
Jarviz Pinzón ...
 Fidelino (1 episode, 2008)
Sara Ponce ...
 Carmen Gómez (1 episode, 2008)
Luis Xavier Posada ...
 Capitan Delgado (1 episode, 2008)
Juliana Posso ...
 Lucia Matute (1 episode, 2008)
Luis Fernando Potes ...
 Locutor (1 episode, 2008)
Enrique Poveda ...
 Chamán (1 episode, 2008)
Luis Carlos Prieto ...
 Abogado Peña (1 episode, 2008)
Ricardo Puentes ...
 Compadre (1 episode, 2008)
Jaime Rayo ...
 Sargento (1 episode, 2008)
Jorge Alberto Reyes ...
 Capitán Guerrero (1 episode, 2008)
Maritza Rodríguez ...
 Asuncion Vergel de Luzardo (1 episode, 2008)
Luis Enrique Roldán ...
 General Requeña (1 episode, 2008)
Oscar Salazar ...
 Mauricio José 'Maurice' Requeña (1 episode, 2008)
Julio Sastoque ...
 Gobernador Flavio Barbosa (1 episode, 2008)
Juan Pablo Shuk ...
 Gonzalo Zuluaga (1 episode, 2008)
Jorge Alfredo Sánchez ...
 Arcadio (1 episode, 2008)
Alejandro Tamayo ...
 Andrés (1 episode, 2008)
Carolina Trujillo ...
 Hija de María (1 episode, 2008)
Gabriel Valenzuela ...
 Lorenzo Barquero Joven (1 episode, 2008)
...
 Capitán Guaimarán (1 episode, 2008)
Pedro Vargas ...
 Sepulturero (1 episode, 2008)
Carlos Julio Vega
(1 episode, 2008)
Vilma Vera ...
 Carmen Gómez (1 episode, 2008)
Guillermo Villa ...
 Padre Pernia (1 episode, 2008)
Nicolas Votteler ...
 Santos Luzardo Niño (1 episode, 2008)
Javier Zapata ...
 Peon (1 episode, 2008)
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A classic in the making
28 September 2008 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

The classic anti-heroine couldn't be coming to TV again at a better time and Edith Gonzales is Telemundo's greatest casting coup. The role of Joselyn in MUNDO DE FIERAS was excellent preparation for this interpretation of "la devoradora", the devourer of men. She is seductive, but has no relationship skills. She has no maternal feelings toward her own daughter. We're not supposed to like Doña Bárbara, but the many women who have suffered the sort of abuse she did undoubtedly were cheering when she disposed of Perro de Agua and want to see her get away with it. She uses witchcraft and murder to get what she wants. She is clearly driven by the abuse she suffered in her youth, but has no idea that completing her revenge will not lead to peace or even satisfaction.

Most of the other cast members are quite good, especially Christian Meier, Lucy Martinez, Katie Barbieri, Paolo Quevedo, Arap Bethke, and Roberto Mateo. At least most of their accents blend or match; Genesis Rodriguez' does not, which contributes to the ongoing annoyance factor with her character. We're supposed to sympathize with the childlike Marisela, but I mostly find her annoying and not just when she's difficult to understand.

The period of the novel is the early 20th century; however – like many recent novelas -- the production is flawed because of its mixing of anachronisms. There are old-fashioned typewriters and no telephones in a town where people have no idea what a movie is, but Mauricio has a 1980s boom box and music CDs and a laptop computer. The spoiled, frivolous, and petulant Luisana has breasts that are obviously enhanced by a plastic surgeon, and Bárbara comments on this. There was no such thing in the period of Gallegos' masterpiece, which was written as a statement on social change involving progress from ignorant superstition into enlightened modernism. I find it rather difficult to believe that there is anywhere in Venezuela where any of these things are presently unknown. This would have definitely been better done as 1928 instead of 2008.

The music in this production mixes character leitmotifs with suspense, romance, black magic, and ironic humor, the latter element somewhat unexpected but somehow appropriately handled. The monotone of the opening lines of the theme song reflects the hypnotism that the title character practices on her victims as the lyrics talk about what she wants… and can't have. It's a sharp contrast with the savage atmosphere around the characters, the river scenes, and the feeling of near-isolation from any semblance of civilization. It calls for a soundtrack CD.

Definitely worth your while and I hope it follows the novel to the letter.


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