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Vida en sombras (1949)

His director's only film, Vida en Sombras tells the story of a man who from his childhood falls in love with cinema and grows to be a director and cameraman. While struggling to make ... See full summary »

Director:

Lorenzo Llobet Gracia (as Llobet Gracia)

Writers:

Lorenzo Llobet Gracia (story) (as Llobet-Gracia), Lorenzo Llobet Gracia (technical screenplay) (as Llobet-Gracia) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Carlos
María Dolores Pradera ... Ana
Isabel de Pomés ... Clara
Fernando Sancho ... Productor
Alfonso Estela Alfonso Estela ... Luis
Graciela Crespo Graciela Crespo ... Sra. Durán
Félix de Pomés ... Sr. Durán
Mary Santpere ... Doncella
Marta Flores Marta Flores ... Esposa
Miquel Graneri Miquel Graneri ... Marido (as Miguel Graneri)
Jesús Puche Jesús Puche ... Fotógrafo
Valero Valero ... Carlos, niño
Juan López Juan López ... Luis, niño (as Juanito López)
Antonia Llobet Antonia Llobet ... Ana, niña
Antonio Leal Antonio Leal ... Comandante
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His director's only film, Vida en Sombras tells the story of a man who from his childhood falls in love with cinema and grows to be a director and cameraman. While struggling to make pictures he gets married and is seriously struck by the Spanish Civil War. Life events with lights and shadows mix with a deep love for movies which will prevail in the end. Written by BSK

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Two subsequent restorations were carried out in 1983 and 2012. The 1983 reprint from the original 16 mm negative, carried on by Ferran Alberich from the Spanish Filmoteca, produced a documentary, "Bajo el signo de las sombras". The 2012 one was made by the Filmoteca de Catalunya, using the only two 16 mm copies found. During the process, 15 cuts of 35 mm negative and positive nitrate film were examined and enabled the reconstruction in 2016. The film is now considered one of the most interesting and original Spanish post-war films. See more »

Connections

References The 39 Steps (1935) See more »

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Ave Maria
Written by Franz Schubert
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Story of a guilt
19 February 2002 | by davidcarbajalesSee all my reviews

This is the one and only movie directed by the catalonian Lorenzo Llobet Gracia. The plot is about the absolutely demential story of Carlos, a fervent cinema lover whose mind is seriously affected by a complex of guilt: while he is out filming the street riots during the 18 th of July (the beginnig of the Spanish Civil War) his wife is killed by the republicans (that means the comunists). The remorse only goes away when some years later Carlos watch "Rebecca" by Alfred Hitchcock, and becoming a new regenerated man, he decides to become a cinema director.


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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | Catalan

Release Date:

6 April 1949 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Life in Shadows See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Company Credits

Production Co:

Castilla Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (after the censorship)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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