Julián Villagrán is a Spanish actor. He appeared in more than sixty films and television programs since 1997. Julián Villagrán on IMDb
Juan Diego (actor)
Juan Diego Ruíz Montejo, is a Spanish actor who has appeared on stage, in television and film productions since 1957. Among his leading roles are San Juan de la Cruz in La noche oscura, Cabeza de Vaca in Cabeza de Vaca, Cochero in Déjeme que le cuente, Gildo in La Vida que te espera. Among his awards is the Silver Biznaga for Best Actor for Smoking Room. Juan Diego on IMDb
The Dumbfounded King
El rey pasmado is a 1991 French-Portuguese-Spanish comedy-historical film directed by Imanol Uribe and written by Joan Potau and Gonzalo Torrente Ballester. The screenplay was based on Torrente's novel Crónica del rey pasmado. Gabino Diego as The King Laura del Sol as Marfisa Joaquim de Almeida as Father Almeida María Barranco as Lucrecia Juan Diego as Father Villaescusa Fernando Fernán Gómez as Grand Inquisitor Javier Gurruchaga as Valido Anne Roussel as The Queen Carme Elías as Abesse Story set in 17th century Spanish court, where King Philip IV, on a getaway with Count of Peña Andrada, is stunned to see the naked body of Marfisa, a prostitute of the town. After this discovery, the king decides to see the naked body of his wife, Queen Elisabeth of France Due to this the Grand Inquisitor is obliged to convene a meeting of theologians to discuss the matter. Both sides of the debate are represented by the figure of the friar Villaescusa, which ensures that the claim of the king is a serious sin that can bring punishment on the whole country and the Father Almeida, a Jesuit missionary who replies that the luck of the governed depends on the ability of its rulers rather than their morality and that the desire of the king is a private matter.
Although the Queen is willing to accommodate to the wishes of the king and his minions do enough to frustrate his desires. With the help of the Jesuit and the Count of la Peña Andrada, the King gets to meet with the queen alone in the monastery of San Plácido and achieves his goal. Meanwhile, the Count-Duke of Olivares fears that he could being punished by God because he fails to have children with his wife, so he gets advice from Villaescusa, who informs him that the pleasure he and his wife obtain when performing the sexual act is to be blamed for the infertility; the "divinely inspired" solution proposed by Villaescusa is that the Earl and his wife copulate in the choir of the church of San Plácido in front of the choir nuns. At the end of this sexual encounter the Count-Duke of Olivares receives two letters which informs him of the successful arrival of the Indian fleet to Cadiz and the victory of Spanish troops in Flanders. Villaescusa says that the happy ending is due to the sacrifices they all have passed, but the Count Duke replies that by the date of the letters it could be seen that the fleet had arrived in Cadiz two days ago "just the day King went whores".
The Count-Duke sends Villaescusa to Rome with a sealed letter asking to not let him go until he has changed his attitude. Spanish critic Carlos Aguilar in his Guía del cine español says that the film has some flaws, such as the different treatment of historical characters, but these are outweighed by good realization and a good cast. Critics noted the close resemblance of Gabino Diego and Gurruchaga with Philip IV and the Count-Duke of Olivares respectively. Most of the film was shot in the Renaissance palace of the Marquis of Santa Cruz in Viso del Marqués and the Monastery of Uclés. Goya Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Best Costume Design Best Makeup and Hairstyles Best Original Score Best Production Design Best Production Supervision Best Screenplay – Adapted Best Sound Goya Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Best Actor in a Supporting Role Best Actress in a Supporting Role Best Cinematography Best Director Best Film The Dumbfounded King on IMDb The Dumbfounded King at AllMovie
Spain the Kingdom of Spain, is a country located in Europe. Its continental European territory is situated on the Iberian Peninsula, its territory includes two archipelagoes: the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The African enclaves of Ceuta, Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera make Spain the only European country to have a physical border with an African country. Several small islands in the Alboran Sea are part of Spanish territory; the country's mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar. With an area of 505,990 km2, Spain is the largest country in Southern Europe, the second largest country in Western Europe and the European Union, the fourth largest country in the European continent. By population, Spain is the fifth in the European Union. Spain's capital and largest city is Madrid. Modern humans first arrived in the Iberian Peninsula around 35,000 years ago. Iberian cultures along with ancient Phoenician, Greek and Carthaginian settlements developed on the peninsula until it came under Roman rule around 200 BCE, after which the region was named Hispania, based on the earlier Phoenician name Spn or Spania.
At the end of the Western Roman Empire the Germanic tribal confederations migrated from Central Europe, invaded the Iberian peninsula and established independent realms in its western provinces, including the Suebi and Vandals. The Visigoths would forcibly integrate all remaining independent territories in the peninsula, including Byzantine provinces, into the Kingdom of Toledo, which more or less unified politically and all the former Roman provinces or successor kingdoms of what was documented as Hispania. In the early eighth century the Visigothic Kingdom fell to the Moors of the Umayyad Islamic Caliphate, who arrived to rule most of the peninsula in the year 726, leaving only a handful of small Christian realms in the north and lasting up to seven centuries in the Kingdom of Granada; this led to many wars during a long reconquering period across the Iberian Peninsula, which led to the creation of the Kingdom of Leon, Kingdom of Castile, Kingdom of Aragon and Kingdom of Navarre as the main Christian kingdoms to face the invasion.
Following the Moorish conquest, Europeans began a gradual process of retaking the region known as the Reconquista, which by the late 15th century culminated in the emergence of Spain as a unified country under the Catholic Monarchs. Until Aragon had been an independent kingdom, which had expanded toward the eastern Mediterranean, incorporating Sicily and Naples, had competed with Genoa and Venice. In the early modern period, Spain became the world's first global empire and the most powerful country in the world, leaving a large cultural and linguistic legacy that includes more than 570 million Hispanophones, making Spanish the world's second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese. During the Golden Age there were many advancements in the arts, with world-famous painters such as Diego Velázquez; the most famous Spanish literary work, Don Quixote, was published during the Golden Age. Spain hosts the world's third-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Spain is a secular parliamentary democracy and a parliamentary monarchy, with King Felipe VI as head of state.
It is a major developed country and a high income country, with the world's fourteenth largest economy by nominal GDP and sixteenth largest by purchasing power parity. It is a member of the United Nations, the European Union, the Eurozone, the Council of Europe, the Organization of Ibero-American States, the Union for the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Schengen Area, the World Trade Organization and many other international organisations. While not an official member, Spain has a "Permanent Invitation" to the G20 summits, participating in every summit, which makes Spain a de facto member of the group; the origins of the Roman name Hispania, from which the modern name España was derived, are uncertain due to inadequate evidence, although it is documented that the Phoenicians and Carthaginians referred to the region as Spania, therefore the most accepted etymology is a Semitic-Phoenician one.
Down the centuries there have been a number of accounts and hypotheses: The Renaissance scholar Antonio de Nebrija proposed that the word Hispania evolved from the Iberian word Hispalis, meaning "city of the western world". Jesús Luis Cunchillos argues that the root of the term span is the Phoenician word spy, meaning "to forge metals". Therefore, i-spn-ya would mean "the land where metals are forged", it may be a derivation of the Phoenician I-Shpania, meaning "island of rabbits", "land of rabbits" or "edge", a reference to Spain's location at the end of the Mediterranean. The word in question means "Hyrax" due to Phoenicians confusing the two animals. Hispania may derive from the poetic use of the term Hesperia, reflecting the Greek perception of Italy as a "western land" or "land of the setting sun" (Hesperia
¡Ay Carmela! is a 1990 Spanish comedy-drama film directed by Carlos Saura and based on the eponymous play by José Sanchís Sinisterra. The film stars Carmen Maura, Andrés Pajares, Gabino Diego as a trio of travelling players performing for the Republic, who inadvertently find themselves on the nationalist side during the closing months of the Spanish Civil War; the film was selected as the Spanish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 63rd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. Carmela and Gustavete -, mute as the result of an explosion - are a trio of travelling vaudeville performers. Amidst the chaos of the Spanish Civil War, they are in the town of Montejo, entertaining republican troops with their variety show, they are survivors who are motivated, not by patriotism, but by a desire for self-preservation. Their show consists of four acts, it begins with Carmela dancing a traditional song. The audience is enthusiastic during her performance, but the mood changes when the sound of approaching nationalist planes is heard.
As the planes fly overhead, Paulino reads a poem by Antonio Machado which introduces a note of patriotic fervour in accordance with republican feeling in 1938. The seriousness of the moment is followed by a comic routine in which Paulino twists himself into a variety of ridiculous postures in an attempt to break wind; the fourth and final act is a'tableau vivant' in which Carmela represents justice while Paulino brandishes the republican flag and they sing a song of freedom. The dangers and deprivation that they encounter in the republican side encourage the trio to go to Valencia. To obtain gasoline for the trip Carmela has to distract a republican truck driver while Paulino and Gustavete steal the fuel, they make this difficult journey on a misty night and inadvertently end up in nationalist territory. They are detained by a nationalist officer and are incriminated by the republican flag they carry amongst their props, they are arrested and taken as prisoners to the local school, which serves as a prison camp where the republicans are held.
Carmela befriends a fellow prisoner: a Polish soldier member of the International Brigade and is surprised that he has come to fight in Spain, a foreign land whose name he cannot pronounce. In an atmosphere of mounting tension and terror, some of the prisoners are taken away to be shot. Carmela and Gustavete are driven away in an army car, they are convinced that they are going to be killed, but instead they are taken to the local theatre where they meet an Italian officer, Lieutenant Amelio di Ripamonte. The lieutenant, learning that they are performers, wants them to take part in a show he has been planning to entertain the nationalist troops, they must stage a burlesque of the Republic in exchange for their freedom. For the variety show that they are to perform to the nationalists, Paulino rewrites their old script. From the outset, the fiery and patriotic Carmela is defiant and unwilling to go along with it, displaying her true convictions as an anti-fascist. However, Paulino persuades her that since their lives are at stake she must collaborate in the performance of the now anti-republican numbers.
On the day of the show, both artists are indisposed as Carmela has her period and Paulino has an upset stomach from eating a rabbit which Gustavete, writing on his slate, now confirms to have been a cat. The presence of the Polish prisoners, who have been brought to witness a mockery of their ideals upsets Carmela, she refuses to perform a number involving the republican flag. Structurally, the show is similar to the one they used to perform for the republican troops. Musical numbers are followed by a poem, now read by the lieutenant; the third act involves a comic sketch, "The Republic goes to the Doctor". In this simplistic parody, Paulino plays a gay republican doctor, visited by a female patient, the Spanish Republic, played by Carmela, she claims. In a number which gives full scope to all the possible sexual innuendos the audience cares to imagine, Carmela invites the doctor to insert his thermometer in her, to which he refuses, making the excuse that it is broken. Carmela irritated by the mockery of the Republic and enervated by the presence of the Polish soldiers loses heart in her performance, her frustration at the mockery of the ideals she holds dear seethes to the surface jeopardizing the credibility of the parody.
The sketch disintegrates as the Polish soldiers begin to rebel in the galleries and the fascists become infuriated. The scene comes to a climax as Carmela starts singing'Ay Carmela' and lowers the republican flag to expose her breasts in defiance of the earlier cries of'Whore!' from the audience. A nationalist officer emerges from the stalls, raises a pistol and shoots Carmela in the forehead. Gustavete recovers his voice, calling out in anguish, but Carmela falls to the floor dead; the next scene shows Paulino and Gustavete visiting Carmela's rudimentary grave which they decorate with flowers and the latter's chalk board, now redundant since Gustavete regained his voice when Carmela was shot. The only words here are spoken by Gustavete -- "Paulino" -- as he leads him away; the two men take to the road again and the song "¡Ay Carmela!" Rises in the background closing the film as it had begun and taking it into the credits. Carmen Maura as Carmela Andrés Pajares as Paulino Gabino Diego as Gustavete Mauricio De Razza as Lieutenant Ripamonte José Sancho as Captain Made in 1990, ¡Ay Carmela! was director Carlos Saura’s twenty-third, feature-length film and, in his own words, the first in which he was able to treat the subject of the Civi
Belle Epoque (film)
Belle Epoque is a 1992 Spanish comedy-drama film directed by Fernando Trueba. The title does not derive from the period in French history known as the Belle Époque but from the days before the Spanish Civil War. Belle Epoque received the Goya Award for Best Film along with eight other Goya Awards and was named Best Foreign Language Film at the 66th Academy Awards; the year is 1931. Spain is politically divided between Republicans and Traditionalists and on the verge of the Spanish Second Republic. Fernando, a young soldier, deserts, he befriends an old man with a large house in the country. Fernando is enchanted by Manolo's four daughters; as he meets each of the first three one by one, he falls in love and has sex with each of them, determining to marry but with each one a complication arises: Clara, a widow who only lost her husband and who seeks solace with Fernando. Heartbroken each time, the father of the girls encourages him to have patience; each of the daughters represents a different aspect of feminine sexuality.
The youngest of the family, represents naïveté. While Fernando is pursuing her sisters, Luz gets progressively angry and jealous but Fernando realizes that she is the best one of the four to marry. Jorge Sanz as Fernando Fernando Fernán Gómez as Manolo Miriam Díaz Aroca as Clara Ariadna Gil as Violeta Maribel Verdú as Rocío Penélope Cruz as Luz Gabino Diego as Juanito Michel Galabru as Danglard Agustín González as Don Luis Chus Lampreave as Doña Asun Mary Carmen Ramírez as Amalia Juan José Otegui as Guard Jesús Bonilla as Guard María Galiana as La Polonia Joan Potau as Paco Belle Epoque received positive reviews getting a 93% on rottentomatoes.com. The film is mentioned in the 2010 American film The Fighter. 1993 Goya Awards Best Film Best Director – Fernando Trueba Best Lead Actress – Ariadna Gil Best Supporting Actor – Fernando Fernán Gómez Best Supporting Actress – Chus Lampreave Best Original Screenplay – Rafael Azcona, José Luis García Sánchez, Fernando Trueba Best Cinematography – José Luis Alcaine Best Production Design – Juan Botella Best Editing – Carmen Frías 1993 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 43rd Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear List of submissions to the 66th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film List of Spanish submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film Belle Epoque on IMDb Belle Epoque at Box Office Mojo Belle Epoque at Rotten Tomatoes
Celso Bugallo Aguiar is a Spanish actor. He appeared in more than forty films since 1999. Celso Bugallo on IMDb