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Belle Époque

Country: Spain
Release Date: December 4, 1992
Genre(s): Comedy
Director: Fernando Trueba
Cast: Jorge Sanz, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Miriam Díaz Aroca, Ariadna Gil, Maribel Verdú
Awards: Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film; BAFTA Awards: Best Film not in the English Language; Goya Awards: Best Film

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Belle Époque

Belle Epoque - sceneBelle Époque is a 1992 Spanish film directed by Fernando Trueba. The title derives from the period in French history known as the Belle Époque (“The Beautiful Era”). This delicious blend of humour and passion captured the Oscar in 1993 for Best Foreign Language Film and introduced the world to Penélope Cruz.


Plot

The year is 1931. Spain is politically divided between Republicans and Nationalists and on the verge of the Spanish Civil War. Fernando, a young soldier, desserts from the army and is arrested by a group of local policemen. He is released and soon befriends Manolo, an old a free-thinking artist with a large house in the country. While Fernando stays in the house, the artist’s four daughters return to visit his father.  Fernando quickly falls in love with each of them  and they fall in love with him too – which daughter should he marry?


Awards

  • Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
  • BAFTA Awards: Best Film not in the English Language
  • Cinema Writers Circle Awards: CEC Award – Best Director:Fernando Trueba
  • Fotogramas de Plata: Best Film; Best Movie Actor: Jorge Sanz; Best Movie Actress: Ariadna Gil; Best Movie Actress: Maribel Verdú
  • Goya Awards: Best Film; Best Actress: Ariadna Gil; Best Cinematography: José Luis Alcaine; Best Director:Fernando Trueba; Best Editing: Carmen Frías; Best Production Design: Juan Botella; Best Screenplay – Original: Rafael Azcona, José Luis García Sánchez and Fernando Trueba; Best Supporting Actor: Fernando Fernán Gómez; Best Supporting Actress: Chus Lampreave; Best Costume Design: Lala Huete; Best Make-Up and Hairstyles: Ana Lorena and Ana Ferreira; Best Original Score: Antoine Duhamel; Best Production Supervision: Cristina Huete; Best Sound: Georges Prat and Alfonso Pino; Best Supporting Actor: Gabino Diego; Best Supporting Actress: Mary Carmen Ramírez
  • Gramado Film Festival: Golden Kikito -Best Screenplay: Rafael Azcona; Best Supporting Actor: Fernando Fernán Gómez; Special Jury Award: Fernando Trueba
  • Peñíscola Comedy Film Festival: Best Film; Best Actor: Agustín González; Best Director: Fernando Trueba; Best Screenplay: Fernando Trueba, Rafael Azcona and José Luis García Sánchez
  • Sant Jordi Awards: Best Film
  • Spanish Actors Union: Film: Supporting Performance: Penélope Cruz
  • Turia Awards: Best Spanish Film

Data Sheet

Directed by : Fernando Trueba
Produced by: Fernando Trueba
Written by: Rafael Azcona, José Luis García Sánchez and Fernando Trueba
Cast: Jorge Sanz, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Miriam Díaz Aroca, Ariadna Gil, Maribel Verdú…
Music by: Antoine Duhamel, Guillermo Fernández-Shaw and Federico Romero
Cinematography: José Luis Alcaine
Release date: December 4, 1992 (1992-12-04)
Running time : 109 minutes
Country: Spain
Language: Spanish

Amazon’s Customers Reviews

Funny and sexy, but also has substance
I disagree with the Amazon editorial. Yes, this is a funny, sexy movie; maybe a young man’s dream come true. It also has a lot of real commentary on Spanish society at the time; right before the Spanish Civil War. The characters end the movie thinking all is well in the world and don’t know the Civil War is right around the corner. I am sure this aspect is lost on most American audiences, but it is a very real part of the film and juxtaposes the light, sexy, comic aspects of this movie. The scene where the priest hangs himself in the church right before the young couple get married is very symbolic of how the church felt at this time of liberalization and the backlash that led to the Civil War (1930s). See the movie! It is one of my all-time favorites.

Belle Epoque, Beau Film
Belle Epoque is a beautifully rendered film with a good sense of humor and a well-paced plot. Unlike what a previous reviewer wrote, it is actually set in the years PRECEDING the Spanish Civil War, that is, when a republic was established after the abdication of Alfonso XIII in 1931. The debate between Monarchism and Carlism versus Republicanism and Anarchism -a split in Spanish society that would culminate in the outbreak of the Civil War in 1936- is made accessible as expressed by the colorful characters in this movie: the pampered mollycoddle Juanito, the irreverent priest, the artist-patriarch (who nevertheless lives like a “scared old bourgeois”). The Civil War of the 1936-39 was only the last of the many civil wars that erupted in Spain during the modern era (e.g. the Carlist Wars of the Nineteenth Century). The movie will throw light on this turbulent time as it affected ordinary people, and for those of you not squeamish about the idea of a man sleeping with four beautiful women in the course of a few days, I recommend this movie highly. “Belle Epoque” is NOT fluff or late-night soft porn; it is only disguising its gravity behind a façade of lightheartedness.

Wonderful Spanish film
The story line for this film is not anything extraordinary but the actors/actresses weave a wonder web of mayhem and love that pervades through the simple story line to make this a timeless classic. It is also interesting how Trueba uses role reversal to turn the tables on poor Fernando and throws him into a matriarchal setting where the men AREN’T the ones wearing the pants in the family….quite literally in one sense. Overall a great movie that I have seen time and again…Great Castillan spanish accents as well!

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