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La ciudad de los prodigios (1999)

A time and place described through the life of Onofre Bouvila, this film is based on a famous novel exposing the 20 or so year time frame which transformed Barcelona, starting in the late ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivier Martinez ... Onofre Bouvila
Emma Suárez ... Delfina
François Marthouret François Marthouret ... Braulio
Loquillo ... Efrén Castells
Tony Isbert ... Odón Mostaza
Joaquín Díaz Joaquín Díaz ... Humbert Figa
Francesc Garrido ... Joan Sicart
Ramón Langa Ramón Langa ... Marqués de Ut
Diogo Dória Diogo Dória ... Santiago Beltall
Montserrat Carulla ... Micaela Castro
Lluís Homar ... Padre Onofre
Héctor Colomé ... Alexandre Canals
Isabel Rocatti Isabel Rocatti ... Madre Onofre
Boris Ruiz ... Puncella
Marián Aguilera ... Margarita Figa


A time and place described through the life of Onofre Bouvila, this film is based on a famous novel exposing the 20 or so year time frame which transformed Barcelona, starting in the late 1880s. Onofre is a youngster down on his luck, abandoned by his fortune seeking father to a life of poverty and misery, alone with his mother. Once an adult, he also decides to seek fortune, and travels to Barcelona on the eve of the Universal Exposition of 1888, which so transformed the city. He immediately falls in love with Delfina, daughter of the owner of the hotel he moves into. Onofre searches for a job in this teeming city full of violence, criminals, sickness and poverty. He finds nothing. Unable to pay the hotel, he accepts a suggestion from Delfina: to produce and distribute pamphlets, during the Exposition, in support of the anarchists - a group she actively promotes, in the defense of the workers. Their relationship quickly turns into passion. But police repression dissuades him from ... Written by Guy33134

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Ambición, poder... una turbulenta historia de amor.




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28 May 1999 (Spain) See more »

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A Cidade dos Prodígios See more »

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The big city
3 September 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

A young man, who was abandoned by a father that went to Cuba to make his fortune, decides to go to Barcelona, a city where the famous World Fair of 1888 is going to take place. Onofre, who has lived in poverty and wants to escape his lot, is immediately attracted to Delfina, a young woman who is an anarchist. Delfina, who couldn't care less about riches, has decided to enlist Onofre in the cause she champions.

Onofre, is torn between the passion he feels for the beautiful woman and what he came to the big city for. He gets caught in the web of intrigue that surrounds his new activities. Barcelona was overrun by the criminal gangs that were trying to take advantage of the climate of the time. After a violent confrontation with the police Onofre decides to put his priorities in order.

Mario Camus, a director we had admired before, tries to make sense of the Eduardo Mendoza novel, no doubt. Since we are not familiar with the book, it's hard to compare the action in the film with what Mr. Mendoza was trying to tell in his novel.

There are some good moments in the film, but like other Spanish directors, Mr. Camus, heaps a lot of Spanish politics into the background. Unfortunately, the film is not easily grasped for persons that have no background in this story.

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