The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2016)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  Spain, 2016.  Atresmedia Cine, Atresmedia, Crea SGR, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Movistar+, The Queen Picture.  Screenplay by Fernando Trueba.  Cinematography by José Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Anne Deluz, Mercedes Gamero, Cristina Huete, Mikel Lejarza.  Music by Zbigniew Preisner.  Production Design by Juan Pedro de Gaspar.  … More The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2016)

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The Artist And The Model (El Artista Y La Modelo) (2012)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Spain/France, 2012.  Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Televisión Española, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Instituto de Crédito Oficial, Audiovisual Aval SGR.  Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carriere, Fernando Trueba.  Cinematography by Daniel Vilar.  Production Design by Pilar Revuelta.  Costume Design by Lala Huete.  Film Editing by Marta Velasco.   A Spanish girl emerges from … More The Artist And The Model (El Artista Y La Modelo) (2012)

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Shanghai Spell (El Embrujo De Shanghai)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Spain/France/United Kingdom, 2002.  Antena 3 Televisión, Eurimages, Lolafilms, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Pyramide-Orsans Productions, Shanghai Spell, TeleMadrid, Vía Digital.  Screenplay by Fernando Trueba, based on the novel by Juan Marse.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Lopez-Linares.  Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez, Cristina Huete.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Salvador Perra.  Costume Design by … More Shanghai Spell (El Embrujo De Shanghai)

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Two Much

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Spain/USA, 1996.  Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Interscope Communications, Lolafilms, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Sociedad General de Televisión, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Fernando Trueba, David Trueba, based on the novel by Donald E. Westlake.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez, Cristina Huerte.  Music by Michel Camilo.  Production Design by Juan Botella.  Costume Design by … More Two Much

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Belle Epoque

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Spain/Portugal/France, 1992.  Animatógrafo, Eurimages, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Lolafilms, Sogepaq.  Story by Rafael Azcona, Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez, Fernando Trueba, Screenplay by Rafael Azcona.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Juan Botella.  Costume Design by Lala Huete.  Film Editing by Carmen Frias.  Academy Awards 1993.   An army deserter happens upon … More Belle Epoque

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God Loves Caviar

B (out of 5) A biopic about eighteenth century pirate-turned-business mogul Ioannis Varvakis sounds like a terrific idea, but this one falls flat almost from the very beginning. Director Yannis Smaragdis films the project in English, presumably because it got him a better budget for the plush trappings and also to increase its viability on … More God Loves Caviar

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El Greco

BBB (out of 5) The life of Domenicos Theotokopoulos, the sixteenth century painter better known as El Greco, is examined in this wholly respectful but often clunky biopic.  Nick Ashdon stars as the 16th century artist who began his career in Venetian-ruled Crete, went to Venice to study under Titian then later found himself hailed as … More El Greco

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