Madrid in the 1870s. Amidst political intrigues against King Amadeo de Saboya, wealthy and strong-willed countess Curra de Albornoz makes her own way in spite of her son and husband, ... See full summary »
Alejandro, a young composer, leaves Madrid after several disappointments, enlisting in the Army for Cuba, by then still a Spanish colony bursting with revolutionary attempts. He makes good ... See full summary »
José Luis Sáenz de Heredia
Fernando Fernández de Córdoba
Barcelona: the late nineteenth century. The textile businessman Joaquín Rius falls in love with a young woman named Mariona Rebull. Happiness seems to fill the life of married Rius, until ... See full summary »
José Luis Sáenz de Heredia
José María Seoane,
Blanca de Silos,
It's 1922. From a Madrid that opposes the war, arrives destined to the North of Africa, without much enthusiasm, the Infantry Captain Fernando Salas, who will incorporate the battalion of ... See full summary »
Casablanca 1942. While French Police Chief Maurice Desjardins is busy having careless fun with some loose girls, members of the French Resistance kill a man at the harbor and steal his ... See full synopsis »
In Madrid, under Queen Isabel II reign, rebellions are frequent events. During one of them Captain Jorge de Córdoba, nicknamed Veneno (poison) for his quarrelsome disposition, bad temper ... See full summary »
Fernando Fernán Gómez,
In Havana, gangster moll and singer Marucha, who has a disfigured face since childhood, is helped by a plastic surgeon who falls madly in love with her. The good doctor hopes to reform her ... See full summary »
When the South loses the war, Confederate veteran O'Meara goes West, joins the Sioux, takes a wife and refuses to be an American but he must choose a side when the Sioux go to war against the U.S. Army.
The harvest is plentiful...but patience runs thin!
"La Mies es Mucha" gets its title from the gospels. "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few." Naturally this is a Catholic film that could only have been done during the Franco years in Spain. Overly sentimental it focuses on a Spanish priest, Father Santiago, who arrives in India to evangelize the natives. Excited about his mission, the good priest soon finds that things are more complicated than he expected. For starters, there is a Protestant pastor competing for conversions with better resources to offer the famished locals. The priest also encounters the intrigues of the pagan religious leaders who incite the populace against his mission. There is also an abusive mine owner who exploits the workers by lending them money at high interest rates, making the pay back impossible. In exchange he works them to death at the mine. Father Santiago intervenes by offering to pay the workers' debt but that places him in a compromising situation since he doesn't have that kind of money either. Things get tougher and tougher for the priest, including a plague breakout, but he faces all challenges with saintly patience and daring heroics. In spite of the heavy Catholic propaganda and a dull black and white cinematography, director Saenz De Heredia manages to keep things moving. That and some fine acting by all, especially Fernando Fernán Gómez as the priest, makes the film viewable. A very young Sarita Montiel wrapped in a sari, shows up a couple of times in a minor role in spite of being credited as one of starring players. Over all I do not recommend this drab film unless you are interested on the subject matter.
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