El Dorado (1988 film)
|Directed by||Carlos Saura|
|Produced by||Andrés Vicente Gómez|
|Written by||Carlos Saura|
|Music by||Alejandro Massó|
|Editing by||Pedro del Rey|
|Running time||149 minutes|
The film is about an expedition down the Orinoco and Amazon rivers in 1560 by Spanish soldiers searching for the fabled city of gold, El Dorado. Taking some followers and family along on the journey, they descend into madness and end up dying from the environment and each other.
- Omero Antonutti as Lope de Aguirre
- Lambert Wilson as Pedro de Ursúa
- Eusebio Poncela as Guzmán
- Gabriela Roel as Inés
- Inés Sastre as Elvira
- José Sancho as La Bandera
- Patxi Bisquert as Pedrarías
- Francisco Algora as LLamoso
- Féodor Atkine as Montoya
- Abel Vitón as Henao
- Francisco Merino as Alonso Esteban
- Mariano González as Zalduendo
- Gladys Catania as Juana
- Alfredo Catania as Vargas
- Gustavo Rojas as Carrión
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The film is 142 minutes long, and has been criticized for its plodding plot, with brief moments of action where the travellers must survive the crises of jungle life and human frailty. Filmed on location in Costa Rica, the river and jungle scenery dominate the characters, who are over-dressed for the heat in their old world clothes and armour.
The protagonist, Lope de Aguirre, is played by Omero Antonutti, who plays an actual historical character with quiet, understated menace. Directed by the award-winning Carlos Saura (who also wrote the screenplay), the film was made just a few years after the end of Francisco Franco's dictatorship. Thus the search for political themes and symbols is mandatory for all.
Because of a similarity in plot and characters, the movie suffers by comparison with 1972's Aguirre, the Wrath of God, but stands on its own as a less fantastic version of the same journey of obsessed explorers.
- "Festival de Cannes: El Dorado". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
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