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Miracles of Thursday (1957)

Los jueves, milagro (original title)
In the village of Fuentecilla, there is a medicinal spa which was very popular in the past but that now has been forgotten by the public. In order to bring back the tourists, the "prominent... See full summary »

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Luis García Berlanga (as Luis G. Berlanga)

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Luis García Berlanga (story), Luis García Berlanga (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Basehart ... Martino
José Isbert ... Don José
Paolo Stoppa Paolo Stoppa ... Don Salvador
Juan Calvo ... Don Antonio Guajardo Fontana
Alberto Romea ... Don Ramón
Félix Fernández ... Don Evaristo
Manuel de Juan Manuel de Juan ... Don Manuel
Guadalupe Muñoz Sampedro ... Doña Paquita (as Guadalupe M. Sampedro)
Manuel Alexandre ... Mauro
José Luis López Vázquez ... Don Fidel (as Jose Luis L. Vazquez)
Luigi Tosi Luigi Tosi ... Hombre 1º
Nicolás D. Perchicot ... Eugenio
Mariano Ozores Mariano Ozores ... Don Arturo
María Gámez María Gámez ... Doña Rosaura
Julia Delgado Caro Julia Delgado Caro ... Doña Eva
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In the village of Fuentecilla, there is a medicinal spa which was very popular in the past but that now has been forgotten by the public. In order to bring back the tourists, the "prominent men" of the village organize a fake miracle: the apparition of San Dimas, the local patron saint, which will take place every Thursday night. At first it works, but trouble begins when a stranger appears, claiming that he knows what's going on and making peculiar demands in exchange for his silence. Written by Pablo Montoya

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Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

22 August 1957 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Arrivederci Dimas See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Sublime film but with censorship realized by the great maestro Luis Garcia Berlanga
11 June 2004 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Good film that was beset by difficulties with the censors caused by a relentless critical to Catholic religion and miracles . The movie deals upon a bunch of motley people , the Mayor , the teacher , the pharmaceutic , the doctor who set up a caper about a miracle for profits the village where a spa doesn't work. They persuade to Jose Isbert feigning to have seen a Saint : ¨Dimas¨. Dimas will appear in the person of Richard Basehart who will find the village's dumb played by Manuel Alexandre .

In the flick there are especially comedy , humor , joy , satire and social critical which tended not to be very well received by the censor . The movie displays a Spanish star-studded such as : Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez ,Juan Calvo , Manuel Alexandre, Jose Isbert , Alberto Romea ; Italians : Paolo Stoppa and one American , Richard Basehart , married to Italian Valentina Cortese who starred ¨Calabuch¨ along with Edmund Gwenn and equally directed by Berlanga .

Direction by Luis Garcia Berlanga is pretty good , assistant direction is Jesus Franco . Franco Ferrara's music is excellent . Fine cinematography in white and black by Francisco Sempere . Berlanga's conceptual and political audacity, so evident in this film , ¨Los Jueves, Milagro¨ (1957), was modified by the censors and was delayed for several years before its eventual release . He filmed other polemic movies during the 50s as ¨Bienvenido Mister Marshall¨ (1953) and considered to be one of the best Spanish films of the history . Their next joint venture was ¨Plácido¨ (1961), which received an Oscar nomination in 1963. That same year, Berlanga made one of his best films: ¨El Verdugo¨ (1963); however, his strong portrait of Spanish society didn't please the pro-Franco authorities, although the film was well-received at the Venice Festival. He continued filming other interesting pictures as in 1973 he went to Paris to begin filming ¨Grandeur nature¨ , another problematic film , focusing this time on the fetishism of a man who falls in love with a doll . Several years later, after Franco's death, he filmed a trilogy comprising ¨La Escopeta Nacional¨ (1978), ¨Patrimonio Nacional¨ (1981) and ¨Nacional III¨ (1982), where he clarified the disorders evident in the Spanish upper middle-class upon being confronted with a new political status quo . Following the same theme he filmed a peculiar comedy titled La Vaquilla (1985), set in the Spanish Civil War .

Rating : 6,5 above average . Well worth watching .


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