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Marcelino pan y vino (1955)

Marcelino is an orphan who grows up in a monastery. One day when he eats his small meal in a room full of old things he gives a piece of his bread to an old wooden Jesus figure - and indeed... See full summary »

Director:

Ladislao Vajda

Writers:

José María Sánchez Silva (novel) (as Jose Mª. Sanchez Silva), Ladislao Vajda (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rafael Rivelles ... Padre Superior - Father Superior
Antonio Vico ... Fray Puerta - Brother Door
Juan Calvo ... Fray Papilla - Brother Cookie
José Marco Davó ... Pascual
Juanjo Menéndez ... Fray Giles (as Juan Jose Menendez)
Adriano Domínguez ... Monk
Mariano Azaña ... Fray Malo - Brother Bad
Joaquín Roa ... Fray Talán - Brother Ding-Dong
Isabel de Pomés ... Manuel's Mother
Carmen Carbonell Carmen Carbonell ... Alfonsa
Carlota Bilbao ... Nicolás' Wife
José María Rodríguez José María Rodríguez ... Monk (as Jose Mª. Rodriguez)
Rafael Calvo ... Don Emilio
Francisco Arenzana Francisco Arenzana ... Nicolás
Antonio Ferrandis ... Monk
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Marcelino is an orphan who grows up in a monastery. One day when he eats his small meal in a room full of old things he gives a piece of his bread to an old wooden Jesus figure - and indeed it takes the bread and eats it. Getting a wish granted for his donation Marcelino wishes to see his mother... Written by Volker Boehm

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Filmed in Spain - Land of Legend See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Spain | Italy

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

24 February 1955 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Marcelino See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Ultraviolet)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Statue of Christ: You are not afraid of Me?
Marcelino: No.
Statue of Christ: Then - you know who I am?
Marcelino: Yes. You're God.
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Version of Marcellino (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

La Cancion Marcelino
Music by Pablo Sorozábal
Lyrics uncredited in film
Sung offscreen by unidentified male singer and male chorus
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A reply to the previous comment--
24 July 2002 | by critic-2See all my reviews

I feel almost provoked to comment on this film here, and I say this not as an especially religious person (which I am not), but as someone who feels that a film should not be unfairly criticized because of someone's faulty--or would it be more accurate to say willfully (?) -- distorted summary of the plot.

SPOILERS AHEAD

To begin with, Marcelino is bitten by the scorpion while he is playing outside the monastery, but at no point in the film does he ask to see the crucifix for any reason. He has been frightened by tales of a "bogeyman" in the attic by the monks, who wish him to stay away from it. OUT OF CURIOSITY, and for no other reason, he ventures in, sees the Christ figure, thinks it is the feared bogeyman, and tears back down the stairs. (The figure, incidentally, is a beautiful wooden carving, not gory in the least.)

After an unfortunate incident, in which he is taken to a festival and unwittingly causes a commotion by accidentally letting some animals run wild, the new mayor, an enemy of the monks who have raised Marcelino, swears to shut down the monastery. Marcelino is given the silent treatment by the monks, and it is then that he goes again to the attic, realizes the "bogeyman" is only a statue of Christ, remarks that it looks hungry, steals some bread, and offers it to the statue. It is then that a miracle occurs---the statue comes to life, eats the bread, and eventually, because of Marcelino's repeated visits, becomes Marcelino's teacher and confidant (Marcelino realizes who he is). And the vision is *not* a hallucination. The statue's final act in the film is intended only as a reward for Marcelino's kind actions, and it is done at Marcelino's innocent, but completely self-aware, request.

This is by no means a vicious, sadistic film; it is a beautiful, gentle one. It is a pity that there are those who would distort its meaning.


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