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El Greco (1966)

16th-century Spain, the famed Italian painter El Greco journeys to Toledo to paint an altarpiece. Trouble ensues when he falls in love with a beautiful local girl.

Director:

Luciano Salce

Writers:

Guy Elmes, Massimo Franciosa (dialogue) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Ferrer ... El Greco (Domenico Teotocopulo)
Rosanna Schiaffino ... Jeronima de las Cuevas
Adolfo Celi ... Don Miguel de las Cuevas
Mario Feliciani ... Nino de Guevara
Franco Giacobini Franco Giacobini ... Francisco
Renzo Giovampietro Renzo Giovampietro ... Brother Felix
Ángel Aranda ... Don Luis
Nino Crisman Nino Crisman ... Diego de Castillo
Gabriella Giorgelli ... Maria
Giulio Donnini Giulio Donnini ... Pignatelli
Fernando Rey ... Felipe II
Rafael Rivelles ... Marquis of Villena
John Karlsen ... Prosecutor
John Francis Lane John Francis Lane ... De Agueda
Rossana Martini Rossana Martini ... Zaida
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16th-century Spain, the famed Italian painter El Greco journeys to Toledo to paint an altarpiece. Trouble ensues when he falls in love with a beautiful local girl.

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Taglines:

The Man...The Age...Both on Fire...Now on Film! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy | France | Spain

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

15 August 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

El Greco See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The color schemes in this film were designed to resemble those in El Greco's paintings. See more »

Crazy Credits

20th Century Fox did not use their logo on this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the US, this film was shown with Mel Ferrer speaking his lines in English, and with several of the Italian actors mouthing their lines in English, but being dubbed by other actors. See more »

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Engrossing story of the great painter's years in Toledo
28 December 2006 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

"El Greco" is the engrossing story of the great artist's years in 16th century Toledo. With the preponderance of films dealing with English and French history in cinema, this film gives a much needed, rare and welcome glimpse of the Spanish culture's rich history. Ferrer accomplished an exceptional feat in producing this film and acting the title role. It is obviously a labor of love, with the costumes, settings, music, and events beautifully evocative. Having seen many of the works ("The Death of Count Orgaz", etc.) and the artist's Toledo workshop in person, I can vouch for the period authenticity. Some of the events will come as a surprise when the religious and mystical content of his work is considered. As the film portrays, El Greco ran afoul of the Inquisition and later produced some of his greatest works out of his greatest anguish. A must for lovers of art and Spanish history. Will we ever see a comparable film about the life of Velazquez, another of the many immortal masters of art this great nation has produced?


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