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Of Love and Shadows (1994)

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Chile 1973 is ruled by the dictator Pinochet. The wealthy don't see the violence, terror, executions etc. including Irene. She's engaged to an officer in the fascist military. She meets Francisco who opens her eyes to truth and love.

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Betty Kaplan

Writers:

Isabel Allende (book), Donald Freed (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... Francisco
Jennifer Connelly ... Irene
Stefania Sandrelli ... Beatriz
Diego Wallraff ... Jose
Camilo Gallardo Camilo Gallardo ... Gustavo
Patricio Contreras ... Mario
Jorge Rivera López Jorge Rivera López ... Professor Leal (as Jorge Rivera Lopez)
Angela Ragno Angela Ragno ... Hilda Leal
Alejandro Toccalino Alejandro Toccalino ... Guard at Roadblock
Alfredo Martín Alfredo Martín ... Surgeon (as Alfredo Martin)
Ana Leza Ana Leza ... Evangelina (as Anita Lesa)
Carmen Renard Carmen Renard ... The Rich Widow
Cesar Parlani Cesar Parlani ... Reverend
Claudio Ciacci Claudio Ciacci ... Comandant Ramirez
Daniel Alvarado Daniel Alvarado ... Freedom Fighter
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Storyline

Irene is a magazine editor living under the shadow of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Francisco is a handsome photographer and he comes to Irene for a job. As a sympathizer with the underground resistance movement, Francisco opens her eyes and her heart to the atrocities being committed by the state. Written by Anonymous

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Surrounded by danger, they'll risk everything for freedom! See more »

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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of strong sexuality, and for some violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

Argentina | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De amor y de sombras See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,357, 12 May 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,710
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Based on real life events See more »

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Irene: Good night, Chile.
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Of Love and Shadows
Music by Jose Nieto
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A disappointing follow up to a fine novel
21 May 2006 | by Grunge_TutuSee all my reviews

Having read the novel, I was curious to see how it would be made into a film. I had high hopes, because the book was extremely poignant and well-written. However, these hopes were dashed within the first five minutes of this truly awful movie.

Now, I'm a fan of both Antonio Banderas and Jennifer Connelly. I think they're great actors. However, Of Love and Shadows brought out the worst in both. The acting was hideous and essentially consisted of Jennifer Connelly using an awful accent while making bedroom eyes at Antionio Banderas, who did the same (but with a much better accent).

Aside from the terrible performances, the real flaw of this film was that it tried to incorporate too much of the book into too small a time frame. There is a good deal of fantastic material in the book, but there is simply too much to be done on screen. What seems to have happened is that the makes didn't exactly realize this and consequently tried to hold on to too many secondary characters and too many story lines. The result was less than satisfactory. I was entirely convinced that anyone who hadn't read the book before seeing the movie would have been completely lost.

In short, I seriously pity Isabel Allende for this horribly botched movie which is entirely unrepresentative of the excellent book she wrote. Do not watch this movie. Read the book.


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