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La doble vida del faquir (2005)

La doble vida del faquir (The magicians) returns to the scene of a school in the Catalan town of Sant Julià de Vilatorta where, in 1937, in the midst of civil war, a film-maker in hiding ... See full synopsis »
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Credited cast:
Joan Altamira Joan Altamira
Xavier Bagué Bonfill Xavier Bagué Bonfill
Jordi Bertran Jordi Bertran
Joaquim Jordà Joaquim Jordà ... Himself
María Teresa Pascual María Teresa Pascual
Artur Pous Artur Pous
Lluís Ros Lluís Ros
Carmina Sagués Carmina Sagués
Felip Sagués Felip Sagués
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La doble vida del faquir (The magicians) returns to the scene of a school in the Catalan town of Sant Julià de Vilatorta where, in 1937, in the midst of civil war, a film-maker in hiding and a group of orphaned children dressed up as sultans and explorers shot an exotic adventure film. The films protagonists relive those childhood days when they were able to switch their school smocks for oriental turbans, while reality imposed its own fancy dress ball with military uniforms and priests dressed in civilian garb.

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Spain

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Catalan | Spanish

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30 September 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

I dipli zoi tou fakiri See more »

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film-making at odds during the Spanish civil war
30 October 2005 | by joelsegarraSee all my reviews

Well, this is an unpretentious documentary mixing reality and fiction in very special circumstances.

Old men and women are interviewed about events that took place 70 years ago! No kidding, they talk about their earliest memories on an orphanage during the Spanish civil war where... -surprise, surprise- they acted -as lead actors and actresses- on an a film by an amateur film-maker. The film was not destroyed so it is mixed effectively with images from present times in the same location to add atmosphere to the story.

The documentary investigates how the religious orphanage masters survived while on the republican side, how the poorest of kids enjoyed the time as if no war took place outside the orphanage walls and in the end how a blissful oasis for these kids could exist in a place and time where a civil war was taking place.

Worth seeing to get a glimpse of the human side of things.


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