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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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Nice Costumer includes perfect photography , magnificent production design and evocative score
18 June 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Comedy based on a play by Felix Lope De Vega Y Carpio with screenplay by the same filmmaker Pilar Miro , but slowing paced , spoken in verse , being for this reason quite a lot difficult to follow and ultimately turns out to be a bit boring . Spanish production with fine acting , colorful cinematography and rousing score by Jose Nieto . El Perro Del Hortelano¨ deals with Diana , countess of Belfour (Emma Suarez) falls in love for her secretary , Teodoro (Carmelo Gomez) , who at the same time is engaged to other woman (Ana Duato) . As envy and jealousy lead to Diana to separate both lovers.

This is a slow-paced , deliberate though enjoyable comedy costumer . It is a riveting film though a little dull . Comedy with historical background and romantic elements ; adding culture and fun , including enjoyable performances and appropriate set design . A funny story plenty of amusing moments , moving feelings and fun finale . It is a light , wistful comedy , easy to watch , and easier to love . It is as beautifully filmed as it is written and acted . This is one of those rare gems that does not stray from its purpose - to be a celebration of love and romance - . Based on a play written by Felix Lope De Vega , the most prolific Spanish playwright of the Golden Age, he was nicknamed "The Monster of Nature", because of his incredible ability to turn out plays quickly ; it is assumed he wrote at least 135 of them, some in as little time as three days . It contains marvelous cinematography , breathtaking musical score , enjoyable production design by Felix Murcia, but , for a variety of reasons, it does not quite pull as much punch as it should have . Anyway, the film is interesting , thematically amusing but hard to follow , as it is played in verse . Fine production design and scenarios with adequate sets , being filmed on location in Palácio de Sintra, Portugal and Queluz National Palace, Queluz, Setúbal church, Lisbon,Portugal . Agreeable and evocative musical score composed and conducted by Jose Nieto . In addition , a spotless pictorial cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe and a willingness , almost perfect of the elements of each shot , every sequence , every space . Aguirresarobe subsequently would make a prestigious career in Hollywood such as ¨Fright night , ¨The twilight saga: eclipse¨, ¨The road¨ , ¨The others¨ and many others .

The motion picture was well directed by Pilar Miro , though results to be some dull . In 1982 Pilar was designated General Director of Cinema . She was an expert filmmaker of Television chapters and occasionally for cinema , getting some successes such as ¨The dog in the manger or El Perro del Hortelano¨, ¨Beltenebros¨ ¨The bird of happiness¨ , ¨Werther¨ and especially ¨The Cuenca crime¨ . ¨Perro Del Hortelano¨ resulted to be a success and got a lot of money at the Spanish box office , thanks to good cast , spectacular set production and enjoyable atmosphere . Rating : Better than average .


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