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Cecilia (1982)

A story of the society that dominated 19th-century Cuba, a society divided between whites, blacks, and those who were mixed, the mulattos. (Since the Spanish conquistadors killed off the ... See full summary »

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Humberto Solás
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Cast

Credited cast:
Daisy Granados Daisy Granados ... Cecilia
Imanol Arias ... Leonardo
Raquel Revuelta Raquel Revuelta ... Madre de Leonardo
Miguel Benavides Miguel Benavides
Eslinda Núñez Eslinda Núñez
Nelson Villagra Nelson Villagra
César Évora César Évora
Linda Mirabal Linda Mirabal
José Antonio Rodríguez José Antonio Rodríguez ... Uribe
Antonia Valdés Antonia Valdés
Gerardo Riverón Gerardo Riverón
Omara Portuondo
María Regla Gutiérrez María Regla Gutiérrez
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfredo Mayo ... General Vives
Alberto Molina Alberto Molina ... El Mayoral
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A story of the society that dominated 19th-century Cuba, a society divided between whites, blacks, and those who were mixed, the mulattos. (Since the Spanish conquistadors killed off the Indian population in Cuba not long after they took over the island, there are no mestizos, or those of mixed-Indian blood in Cuba as in other Caribbean nations.) At any rate, the drama about the life and loves of Cecilia, a Cuban girl of mixed race takes place against the backdrop of graphically violent mistreatment of slaves and the rumors of a slave rebellion after the Cubans hear of slaves turning against their captors in Haiti. Raised by her mother and grandmother as a courtesan within the ruling white establishment, pale-skinned Cecilia soon catches the eye of estate owner's son Leonardo. Exploiting her position of power, Cecilia bows to Leonardo's demands providing he agrees to shelter a wounded member of the resistance movement at his home. Leonardo's wealthy father Cándido de Gamboa, a rich ... Written by lament

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Country:

Cuba | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

10 August 1984 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Cecylia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Melodramatic period film based on fictional work
17 January 2009 | by classy54See all my reviews

To me the film was a propaganda piece to reiterate how awful slavery was, with vivid, though perhaps unverifiable, cruelty. How shallow and callow, fickle, and untrustworthy was the aristocracy, particularly the anti-hero, Leonardo. We are shown many instances how the ruling class exploits people of color and the lower classes. The story was based on what appears to be a Gothic novel and was so melodramatically interpreted it made me laugh. Except for the acting in a wonderful scene in which Leonardo's mother is bargaining with the 'governor/viceroy' to protect her son because she was sharing with him valuable information gained from him to thwart a lower-class/slave rebellion. The make-up of the principal actors looked fake, and gave them unnatural skin tones, which were distracting. Little or no background information was worked into the script to help viewers understand the place, time, and control in Cuba.


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