Shanghai Spell (El Embrujo De Shanghai)

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(out of 5)


A young boy in Franco’s Spain spends his days as companion to the batty old Captain who wanders about town spewing his nutty opinions to anyone who will listen. The rest of the time the boy keeps company with the local beauty’s daughter, a young woman who is afflicted with tuberculosis. The boy has a talent for drawing and has been asked to do the young woman’s portrait, and while working on this he and the girl listen to her mother’s house guest tell about her father’s exploits in Shanghai. Although this film has a lot going for it, including beautiful period detail and a top-flight cast, it never really comes together.  is delightful as the old man, but he was an old mentor to a child in Butterfly and that film was much better. The Shanghai story line, while beautifully shot, is somewhat confusing and never particularly engaging, while the rest is much more interesting but fails to amount to anything in the end. If it’s worth watching for any reason it’s the performance by  as the young boy; he’s got sensitivity and charisma in spades.


Spain/France/United Kingdom, 2002

Directed by 

Screenplay by Fernando Trueba, based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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Goya Awards
Best Costume Design
Best Production Design
Best Makeup and Hairstyles

Nominations
Best Screenplay – Adapted
Best Cinematography
Best Production Supervision


ShanghaiSpell

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