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Tramway to Malvarrosa (1996)

Tranvía a la Malvarrosa (original title)
The film is based on the autobiography of writer Manuel Vincent. His father doesn't want him to become a writer and sends him to Valencia law school. One day Manuel sees his dream girl and ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liberto Rabal ... Manuel
Jorge Merino Jorge Merino ... El Bola
Ariadna Gil ... La China
Sergio Villanueva ... Luis
Antonio Resines ... El Semo
Juan Luis Galiardo ... Arsenio
Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Catedrático
Vicente Parra ... Padre Cáceres
Ramón Rivera Ramón Rivera ... Cura
Joan Molina Joan Molina ... Agapito
Luis Montes Luis Montes ... Vidal
Marta Belenguer ... Srta. Toni 1 Chacalay
Amparo Climent Amparo Climent ... Catalina Rosales
Nacho Fresneda ... Toni
María Galiana ... La Pilar


The film is based on the autobiography of writer Manuel Vincent. His father doesn't want him to become a writer and sends him to Valencia law school. One day Manuel sees his dream girl and follows her on a trolley car to Malvarossa beach. He then studies in college, meets call girl La China who teaches him love secrets, but still remembers that girl. Written by Anonymous

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4 April 1997 (Spain) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Decent and pleasant story with humor , fun , emotion , amusing situations and social habits
29 February 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A simple, and delightful film about a coming-of-age story . This comedy/drama contains a romantic love story , society customs , lively incidents and entertainment . It deals with an adolescent called Manuel (Liberto Rabal , Francisco Rabal's grandson) who wants to a be prestigious writer , but he has a strict catholic faith , spurred by a stiff reverend (Vicente Parra) . His higher-class daddy doesn't want him to become a writer and sends him to Valencia law school . The story entails a young student living in the big city of Valencia , there he befriends a peculiar group formed by Vidal (Luis Montes) , Luis (Villanueva) and the fat leader nicknamed El Bola (Jorge Merino) , who is usually posing as a governor's secretary . In Valencia Manuel discovers attractive places , becomes involved with prostitutes , sexy adventures and political activities . Manuel suffers of sexual desire and the tension that becomes to obvious to hide . One day Manuel sees his dream girl and falls in love for her and follows her on a trolley car to Malvarossa beach . He then studies in college , meets call girl named La China (Ariadna Gil) who teaches him love secrets , but still remembers that young woman . Manuel reads Albert Camus and Alfonso Sastre and then gets atheist thoughts , as he attempts to write a novel about a killer called El Semo (Antonio Resines) . Manuel , finally , falls for a beautiful French girl .

A light , wistful romantic comedy , easy to watch , and easier to love , being based on the autobiography of writer Manuel Vincent . The film is seen through the eyes an adult played by voice-in-off by the notorious actor Santiago Ramos . It is set in Franco dictatorship regime and is as beautifully filmed as it is written and acted . ¨Tranvía a Malvarrosa¨ is one of those rare gems that does not stray from its purpose to be a celebration of love and romance and an interesting tale of a young controlled by his libido and the religious repression from that reprieved period . It is a film set in a certain age (in this case: Spain during the times of the post-civil war), where the age itself is not very important , but it effects the way the story evolves . Regular and unbalanced , but gaining the sympathy almost at all times This film well shot by Jose Luis Garcia Sánchez had a fairly large budget in the case of Spanish cinema , being an acceptable comedy/drama seasoned with social habits of the fifties and sixties . This is one of his collaborations to prestigious screenwriter Rafael Azcona , initiated in ¨La Corte Del Faraón¨ . Main actors are pretty well . As well as an awesome support cast , interpreters who provided a considerable boost to the result , such as Vicente Parra as a stiff-upper-lip priest , Juan Luis Galiardo as a religious fanatic , Fernando Fernán Gómez as a teacher who gives masterful classes and engaging speeches , Antonio Resines as a murderous about to be executed by Garrote Vil . Special mention to Jorge Merino , he steals the show as a brothel fond young who teaches his friends the rogue things about life .

Atmospheric musical score by Antoine Duhamel , adding known songs adapted with roots in popular music of the fifties and the early sixties ; recreating the essence of the epoch with vintage songs , accompanying sensual melodies and lyrics . The picture is magnificently set in the Spanish Civil Post-war , in Valencia , during the most hard times of the general Franco dictatorship , being well photographed by notorious cameraman Jose Luis Alcaine . The pic offers a colorful and evocative cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine who was first cinematographer to use fluorescent tube as "key" lightning and deemed to be one of the best Spanish cameramen . Alcaine frequently works with Pedro Almodóvar , Bigas Luna and Vicente Aranda , as he has photographed ¨The skin I live in¨ , ¨The bad education¨ , ¨Volver¨ , ¨Women in the verge of a nervous breakdown¨, among others . Here he shows splendidly the enjoyable exteriors from Valencia . The motion picture was professionally directed by Jose Luis Garcia Sánchez , though contains some flaws , gaps and mayhem . He is a notorious writer and director , being born in Salamanca, Castilla y León , where he usually shoots his films . Being father of the director Víctor García León . Sanchez is a noted writer and director, known for the great hits as ¨Belle Epoque¨ (1992), ¨Las Truchas¨ (1978) and ¨La Corte Del Faraón¨ (1985) . And specially known for writing : ¨Habla Mudita¨ and ¨Camada Negra¨ for Manuel Gutierrez Aragon , ¨and other films as ¨Corazon Solitario¨, ¨Furia Española¨ for filmmaker Francisco Betriu , and , of course , ¨Belle Epoque¨ (1992) for director Jose Luis Garci . His films debuts were a trilogy of comedies in politic trendy : ¨El Love Feroz¨, ¨Colorin Colorado¨ and ¨Las Truchas¨ (1978) , the latter won Golden Bear in Berlin Festival . He also directed a documentary : ¨Dolores¨ that pays tribute to communist Ibarruri . He subsequently collaborates with Rafael Azcona such as ¨Hay Deshacer La Casa¨, ¨Pasodoble¨, ¨El Vuelo De La Paloma¨ and ¨El Seductor¨ . And two rendition upon Ramon Valle Inclan's novels : ¨Divinas Palabras¨ (1985) , and ¨Tirano Banderas¨ , as well as a pair of farceur comedies ¨Suspiros De España¨ (1995) , and ¨Siempre Hay Camino a la Derecha¨ . Furthermore , two historical films ¨La Noche Mas Larga¨ and and Lazaro De Tormes (2001) .

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