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The House of the Spirits (1993) Poster

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Kim Basinger and Julia Roberts turned down the role of Blanca.
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Based on Isabel Allende's bestselling novel.
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Film debut of Grace Gummer, Meryl Streep's daughter. She plays Streep's character, Clara, as a young girl.
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The women in the family (Nívea, Clara, Blanca and Alba) are all named after Spanish words that evoke the color white.
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Annette Bening and Michelle Pfeiffer were considered for the role of Clara.
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Principal photography took place in Denmark, but some scenes were filmed in Lisbon and Alentejo, Portugal.
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William Hurt was the first choice to play Esteban.
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Vanessa Redgrave; and three Oscar nominees: Glenn Close, Winona Ryder, Armin Mueller-Stahl.
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Antonio Banderas appeared in Of Love and Shadows (1994), which is also based on a novel written by Isabel Allende.
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One of two 1993's releases starring Jeremy Irons, the other being M. Butterfly (1993).
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Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons also played a couple in The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981).
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After numerous unpleasant meetings with filmmakers, Isabel Allende had instructed her agent to stop all discussion about making a film of her novel. It wasn't until Bille August screened his Pele the Conqueror for her that she changed her mind. An hour into that screening, she knew that he was the right director.
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Several supporting cast members appear to have spoken their lines in another language, and been subsequently dubbed into English. Armin Mueller-Stahl, despite numerous appearances in English-language movies, is also dubbed. Perhaps his German accent was deemed too jarring in a story set in South America.
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Jeremy Irons and Armin Mueller-Stahl previously appeared in Kafka (1991).
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Jan Niklas and Armin Mueller-Stahl previously appeared in Colonel Redl (1985).
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Meryl Streep and Vanessa Redgrave previously appeared in Julia (1977).
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The film cast includes six Golden Globe winners: Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Meryl Streep, Winona Ryder, Jan Niklas and Vanessa Redgrave.
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Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close previously appeared in Reversal of Fortune (1990), where they played a married couple. In this film, they play brother and sister.
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One of two 1993's releases starring Winona Ryder, the other being The Age of Innocence (1993).
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The cast includes many actors who appeared in films with Anthony Hopkins: Vanessa Redgrave in Howards End (1992), Jeremy Irons in A Chorus of Disapproval (1989), Antonio Banderas in The Mask of Zorro (1998) and Winona Ryder in Dracula (1992).
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In the movie, the stories of Blanca and Alba are condensed in Blanca's story. Alba is only shown in the movie only as a Baby, but in Isabel Allende's novel she is the one involved in the social movement in Chile.
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