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La hora de los valientes (1998)

After the Spanish Civil War breaks out, the Prado Museum is being evacuated. One of the guards finds a painting by the master, Goya, and takes it to prevent damage to the work of art. In ... See full summary »

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... Manuel
... Carmen
... Flora
Luis Cuenca ... Melquíades
... Lucas
Ramón Agirre ... Portero
Aten Soria ... Filo
... Professor Miralles
... Heliodoro (as José María Pou)
Txema Blasco ... Cuñado Professor
Ramón Langa ... Director Bellas Artes
Joan Gadea ... Perez Rubio
Charo Zapardiel ... Jefa Economato
Rafael Martín ... Secretario Sindicato
Paco Sagarzazu ... Jacinto
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After the Spanish Civil War breaks out, the Prado Museum is being evacuated. One of the guards finds a painting by the master, Goya, and takes it to prevent damage to the work of art. In the interim, he meets a young lady with whom he falls in love. Assisted by her and her family members, the soldier attempts to save Goya's masterpiece intact amidst the war and violence. Written by GMeleJr

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18 December 1998 (Spain)  »

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A Time for Defiance  »

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should've been better
29 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

The story is interesting and well documented, the scenery and costumes are near perfect, the anecdotes are all real. This should have been quite a good movie about one family's engaging experiences during the civil war. However; the directing style fails the movie as it throws back to the paltry directing style so common in Spanish films in the sixties. Rather than plot or character development, the progression of the film is little more than a series of sketches reproducing anecdotes. There is no feeling that what goes on ties together as one story.

The acting leaves a lot to be desired as well and is particularly disappointing given that the four main characters are all portrayed by well accomplished and capable interpretive artists. Although it is sporadically authentic and convincing in some scenes, most of the time the acting is merely caricature. The best performance in the movie is provided by the little boy.


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