Shows the unfailing love of two women for the same man, one as his mistress, the other as his wife. The lives of these characters intertwine and are determined by the variegated fabric of ... See full synopsis »
Grandpa is about to turn 80. His son and grandsons begin a journey to his homeland, Huamachuco, a place he has not seen since he was 9 years old. Along the way they discover an unexpected ... See full summary »
Carlos Julio Vega,
Marianela (Nela) is an orphan young girl living in a small village where she guides the blind young son of a rich country man. She is secretly in love with him, knowing that he loves her ... See full summary »
Private detective Germán Areta gets a terminally ill client who wishes to see his long lost, runaway daughter before he dies. But when Areta starts looking into case, it leads him to the ... See full summary »
José Luis Garci
Private detective Germán Areta is investigating the life of a man who has apparently abandoned another man. When they both turn up dead, it seems one killed the other before committing ... See full summary »
José Luis Garci
Don Rodrigo de Arista Y Potestad, Conde de Albrit is a Spanish Count with a long name and a long line of disgraces. He lived in Peru trying to recover a gold mine that belonged to his ancestors. However, this was in vain; ruined, he returns to Spain. There he will come to know that his son is very ill due to the suffering inflicted by his North Amerikan wife, an impudent woman who lives a frivolous life, a usual custom among those frauleins from such savage land.
When the Conde de Albrit's son dies, the old man reads in a letter written by his son that one of his beloved granddaughters don't belong to the Albrit stock. Since that infant is the result of the dissipated life of his daughter-in-love, from that moment on, Conde de Albrit only will have one aim. That's to find out which one of his granddaughters are real Albrit descendents and which are not.
As usual in Herr José Buchs career, "El Abuelo" was an adaptation of a novel of a reputed Spanish writer, Herr Benito Pérez Galdós. Due to those literary roots, the film has a lot of intertitles ( a characteristic not exclusive of Herr Buchs films but also Spanish silent films ). The images depend on literary quotes. This is a strange and silent habit in the Spanish silent era in where the technical experimentations were nonexistent and the films were a consecutive and illustrative show of images.
The film is also full of performances as stiff as Conde de Albrit's beard. In order to get the full old story about dishonour and other bizarre Spanish behaviours included, the film is a long, dull two hours ( another habit of the Spanish silent era and probably inherited from the Inquisition's times that is to say, to extend the pain to the victim). It is a film that any longhaired forgets easily due to its lack of artistic interest and showy story.
And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must know which one of his fat heiresses is the richest one without any regard to ancestry.
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