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The Dog in the Manger (1996)

El perro del hortelano (original title)
Diana, Duchess of Belflor, is a smart and attractive young lady who is in love with his secretary Teodoro, but he is engaged to Marcela, a lady-in-waiting of the Duchess. Diana, driven by ... See full summary »

Director:

Pilar Miró

Writers:

Félix Lope de Vega (play) (as Lope de Vega), Pilar Miró | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Suárez ... Diana - condesa de Belflor (as Emma Suarez)
Carmelo Gómez ... Teodoro (as Carmelo Gomez)
Fernando Conde Fernando Conde ... Tristán
Ana Duato ... Marcela
Miguel Rellán ... Fabio (as Miguel Rellan)
Juan Gea Juan Gea ... Federico
Ángel de Andrés López ... Ricardo
Maite Blasco ... Anarda
Rafael Alonso ... Ludovico
José Lifante ... Octavio (as Jose Lifante)
Blanca Portillo ... Dorotea
Vicente Díez Vicente Díez ... Celio (as Vicente Diez)
Cesáreo Estébanez Cesáreo Estébanez ... Leónido (as Cesareo Estebanez)
Diego Carvajal Diego Carvajal ... Camilo
Vicente Cuesta Vicente Cuesta ... Furio
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Diana, Duchess of Belflor, is a smart and attractive young lady who is in love with his secretary Teodoro, but he is engaged to Marcela, a lady-in-waiting of the Duchess. Diana, driven by jealousy and envy, tries to separate the two lovers. Written by JM Lucas

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

Spain | Portugal

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

21 August 1998 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dog in the Manger See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Music Performed by the Arcata Minuta orchestra
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Good adaptation of classic Spanish play
8 February 2008 | by Andy-296See all my reviews

I saw this Spanish film in Mar del Plata Film Festival in 1996, where it won the top prize. As an anecdote, Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein (who was on the jury in that festival) sat right next in front of me at the theater. Based on a play by Lope de Vega, written in 1615, during the golden age of Spanish literature, this movie never rises above filmed theater, but it is very well done. I think if you don't speak Spanish, though, you will lost a lot in the translation, a lot of the word games the play is based on. Emma Suarez (a fine Spanish actress) is the leading female; this was one of the last films of director Pilar Miro. Unfortunately, the movie hasn't been seen a lot since then. Many films (including good films, like this one, that won the first prize in a film festival) get forgotten with time. When you see an art movie today, most of the people in the audience are old people, you see very few young people watching this sort of movies; I guess they are playing computer games in their homes instead. This makes me me wonder about the future of cinema as an art.


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