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Alicia en el pueblo de Maravillas (1991)

A satire about the life of the Cuban people. Alicia, a culture instructor, is sent to a small town "Maravillas", which is itself an exaggerated, but very ingenious reflection of the real ... See full summary »

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Aldo Busto Hernández (as Grupo Nos-y-Otros), Luis Felipe Calvo Bolaños (as Grupo Nos-y-Otros) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Thais Valdés Thais Valdés ... Alicia Diaz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vanessa Carballido Vanessa Carballido ... A little girl
Carlos Cruz Carlos Cruz ... Perez
Idalmis Del Risco Idalmis Del Risco ... The Woman in Red
Argentina Estevez Argentina Estevez
Jorge Losada Jorge Losada
Jorge Martínez Jorge Martínez
Pedro Martínez Pedro Martínez
Reynaldo Miravalles Reynaldo Miravalles
Enrique Molina Enrique Molina
Raúl Pomares Raúl Pomares
Alberto Pujol Alberto Pujol
Nieves Riovalles Nieves Riovalles
Judith Rodriguez Judith Rodriguez ... A little girl
Alina Rodríguez Alina Rodríguez
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A satire about the life of the Cuban people. Alicia, a culture instructor, is sent to a small town "Maravillas", which is itself an exaggerated, but very ingenious reflection of the real Cuba. The adventures that she has there are almost as crazy and senseless as the ones lived by the other Alice (in Wonderland), reflecting the indoctrination, coercion, absolutims, and many other everyday problems in Cuban society. Written by Denis Bello Urizarri

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Country:

Cuba

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alice in Wondertown See more »

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The Town of Maravillas
7 July 2011 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

Seen today it is still a subversive comedy, in which dogmatic and opportunistic bureaucrats are made fun of, with a dictator ruling the town of Maravillas, but it is of course tamed compared to later questioning of Cuban society in films (as "Madagascar", "Guantanamera", "La vida es silbar", "Chamaco", "Nada", "Video de familia", and others). I was living in Cuba (1991) when it opened, in an atmosphere of unrest that was a reflection of changing world affairs that Cubans also wanted to happen in the island. Hard-core Communists rallied against it, they went to the cinemas (probably a few of them for the first time in their lives) to boycott it, and it played only for three days, being replaced by the then-current "Alien" sequel! Knowing Cuba helps a lot to fully enjoy the film, but it still funny, with Reynaldo Miravalles giving one of his usual fine performances as the Maravillas dictator.


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