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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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Mario Camus
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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
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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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Spain | France | Portugal

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Spanish

Release Date:

28 May 1999 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cidade dos Prodígios See more »

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Great portrait
13 November 2001 | by earendil-1See all my reviews

A man, Onofre Bouvila, arrives in Barcelona searching job in 1888, the city is ready to organize the Universal Exposition; but the working class is unemployed and they are very poor. A girl convinces Onofre to spread the anarchist ideals between the working class, but the police repression makes it impossible. The only way to have money is the delinquency. "La ciutat dels prodigis" is based on the great novel by Eduardo Mendoza. The film is very well made and the setting is perfect; Mario Camus has made a great portrait of Barcelona in 1888.


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