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El bosque del lobo (1970)

Benito Freire is a peddler who lives miserably in an environment dominated by ignorance and superstition. He is dedicated to peddling by the Galician towns and suffers severe attacks of ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
José Luis López Vázquez ... Benito Freire
Amparo Soler Leal ... Pacucha
Antonio Casas ... Abad
John Steiner ... Robert
Nuria Torray Nuria Torray ... Avelina
María Fernanda Ladrón de Guevara ... Gabriela
Alfredo Mayo ... Don Nicolás de Valcárcel
Víctor Israel ... Lameiro
María Vico María Vico ... Queiruga
Fernando Sánchez Polack ... Vilairo (as Fernando Sánchez Polak)
Pedro Luis León Pedro Luis León ... Minguiños
María Arias ... Mujer de Nicolás
Porfiria Sanchíz Porfiria Sanchíz ... Vigaira (as Porfiría Sanchís)
Pilar Vela Pilar Vela ... Sabina
Lorenzo Rodríguez Lorenzo Rodríguez ... Benito, niño


Benito Freire is a peddler who lives miserably in an environment dominated by ignorance and superstition. He is dedicated to peddling by the Galician towns and suffers severe attacks of epilepsy. Through the region begins to spread the rumor that he is a werewolf and that he is possessed by a demonic spirit. And it will be precisely the stories that people are telling about him what start to make him go crazy. Written by jsanchez

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October 1970 (USA) See more »

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El bosque de ancines See more »

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One of the best Spanish films ever made
4 April 2008 | by martinchaideSee all my reviews

If cinema is about moving your mind to another time or space, then this film is a masterpiece. Today, when you see an historical movie (at least an Spanish one), you can't help perceiving it just like several xxi century guys acting disguised like people of ancient times, but when you watch this movie you are literary moved 100 years ago, far way from your everyday life, and you can feel very well the darkness of these times, when the barrier among superstition and reality was confuse and someone like the mean character of the film, a miserable man unable to control his criminal impulses, could be confused with a "lobisome" (werewolf). In the other hand, on the contrary of most of American films, there is not unnecessary violence on this one and even when Benito Freire (the werewolf) is an assassin, as the film is going by you can just feel sorrow for him.

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