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Mad Love (2001)

Juana la Loca (original title)
The love story that transformed Juana, Queen of Spain, into Juana "the Mad". A story of passions, lies and jealousy with a political motive behind.

Director:

Vicente Aranda

Writers:

Vicente Aranda (screenplay), Antonio Larreta (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pilar López de Ayala ... Juana
Daniele Liotti ... Felipe
Rosana Pastor ... Elvira
Giuliano Gemma ... De Veyre
Roberto Álvarez ... Admiral
Eloy Azorín ... Álvaro de Estúñiga
Guillermo Toledo Guillermo Toledo ... Capitán Corrales
Susi Sánchez ... Reina Isabel (as Susy Sánchez)
Chema de Miguel Chema de Miguel ... Don Juan Manuel
Andrés Lima Andrés Lima ... Marqués de Villena
Cipriano Lodosa Cipriano Lodosa ... Marliano
Manuela Arcuri Manuela Arcuri ... Aixa-Beatriz
Carolina Bona ... Inés
Jorge Monje Jorge Monje ... Hernán
Sol Abad Sol Abad ... Mucama
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Storyline

Juana is married off by her pious parents, the Catholic kings Ferndinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille, to ally Spain, united by their marriage, to the Burgundian and other Habsburg heritage of archduke Maximilian's son Philip. When they meet, it's love at first sight, for her all-consuming, for him one of many happy bed partnerships as she later discovers. Deaths in her family soon make Juana Isabella's heir, but Ferdinand suggests she inherited her grandmother's madness and supports Philip's ambition to rule instead, which becomes the stakes of political maneuvering in the Cortes (nobility-dominated parliament). Combined with Philip's incurable infidelity, which includes a Moorish whore-princess, multiple drama is inevitable, and worse follows. Written by KGF Vissers

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

Spain | Italy | Portugal | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

30 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mad Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Barajas, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€425,402 (Spain), 2 October 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,417, 1 September 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$279,605, 15 December 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,200,000, 31 December 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Gallarda
Composed by Luis de Milán
Adapted by Pepe Rey
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Pilar López is stunningly beautiful
4 January 2004 | by edjavegaSee all my reviews

The movie should be seen chiefly for its main actress, the beautiful and talented Pilar López de Ayala. She does the absolute best with what the script gives her.

This should be an entertaining and engrossing film, especially for those interested in Renaissance Europe, but it may be taking just too many liberties with the historical facts. It is highly doubtful that the real Juana became "mad" chiefly out of love for an unfaithful husband, who in this movie is not shown to be particularly interesting anyway. And if the real Juana was anywhere near as beautiful as the actress who plays her, I suppose the real Philip would not have been such a mean husband to her.

Aside from her husband, her father King Fernando of Aragón and most of the Castilian nobles are not depicted too favorably either.

Still, this movie is a good movie if you like costume drama, especially one with a southern European more than an English background.


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