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Joaquin comes back to Granada in the eighties trying to find out about something happened when he was a child and the Spanish Civil War was going on. He helped an unknown man who survived after being executed. He finds the man, Galapago, who is now quite old, poor and with almost no memory. Joaquin takes care of him and finds hints that point to Galapago as Federico García Lorca.Written by
Interesting movie with nice performance by the great Alfredo Landa and extraordinary score by by the maestro Ennio Morricone
At the beginning of Spanish Civil War (1936) a sheperd or pastor named Joaquin (Corvacho) helps a wounded man and with almost no memory who escapes from a firing squad . He heals the unknown man who survived after being executed and carries him a convent . Forty years later ,in the eighties , Joaquin (Alfredo Landa) returns to Granada attempting to find hints about something happened when he was a teenager and the Spanish Civil War was going on . He encounters the man nicknamed Galapago (Nino Manfredi) , who is now quite old , poor and nutty . Joaquin supported by Adela (Kiti Manver) takes care of him and find out clues point to Galapago seem to be Federico García Lorca.
¨La Luz Prodigiosa¨ results to be other of the innumerable stories to deal with dramatic deeds regarding the Spanish Civil War background , but this time from another point of sight . It packs drama , emotion , biographical events about Federico Garcia Lorca and some brief elements of humor . Fernando Marias writes the interesting script based on his novel ,"The End of a Mystery" , International (English title) , or ¨La Luz Prodigiosa¨ . It's a good film but sometimes turns out to be slow-paced and is precisely derived from the coldness of its staging, which eventually become monotonous in approximately 110 minutes of footage . Because the story needs a vibration more real than the one offered in this slow-moving and sometimes boring film .
But anyway, its is compensated with the great performances from Alfredo Lando and Nino Manfredi , interpreters who provided a considerable boost to the result . Miguel Hermoso is a great director of actors and the main players are complemented by a good cast of secondaries such as Kiti Manver as Adela , José Luis Gómez as Silvio , Iván Corbacho as Joaquin , Mariano Peña and Silvia Espigado as Bibliotecaria . Including a spotless pictorial cinematography by Carlos Suarez , being shot in Granada , location where Federico Garcia Lorca lived . And of course , a marvelous musical score by the incombustible Ennio Morricone who composes a classical and sensitive soundtrack . It was nominated 2004 CEC (Cinema Writers Circle) Award Best Actor (Mejor Actor) Alfredo Landa and Best Screenplay, Adapted (Mejor Guión Adaptado) Fernando Marías Awards, Spain . And nominated Goya Best Actor (Mejor Actor Principal)Alfredo Landa , Best Production Design (Mejor Dirección Artística)Félix Murcia , Best Screenplay - Adapted (Mejor Guión Adaptado)Fernando Marías and Best Supporting Actor (Mejor Actor Reparto) José Luis Gómez . And won 2003 Golden St. George for Miguel Hermoso in Moscow International Film Festival .
The motion picture was well directed by Miguel Hermoso , being filmed in his usual formal and stylistic scholarship , without leaving a trace the thought-provoking issues , in terms of dramatic and narrative excitement . Miguel Hermoso is an expert on comedy as proved in ¨Loco Veneno¨, ¨Truanes¨, ¨Marbella¨ and drama such as ¨Como Un Relampago¨, the biopic ¨Lola¨, ¨Luz Prodigiosa¨ and his greatest hit was ¨Fugitivas¨ . Rating : 6'5 , good movie . The picture will appeal to Alfredo Landa fans and Ennio Morricone enthusiast .
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