A sexy, lusty uninhibited comedy.
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 30, 2018
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Olive Films
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Jorge Sanz, Penélope Cruz, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Miriam Díaz-Aroca, Ariadna Gil & Maribel Verdú|
|Performer:||Michel Galabru & Chus Lampreave|
|Directed by||Fernando Trueba|
|Screenplay by||Rafael Azcona|
|Composition by||Antoine Duhamel|
|Produced by||Fernando Trueba|
|Director of Photography:||José Luis Alcaine|
Academy Awards 1993 - Best Foreign Language Film
...[A] lyrical, strikingly acted film...
...Beautifully shot....Splendidly assured performances...
Sight and Sound
...Touching, brave, hot-blooded human beings... -- Rating: B
...BELLE EPOQUE celebrates sensuality and the human body...
...A hot-blooded human comedy....Warmly inviting...
New York Times
...Sexy, bittersweet and contemplative....BELLE EPOQUE surely possesses a warm, universal appeal...
Los Angeles Times
[I]ts humanity and gentle humour exercise sufficient charm to keep it enjoyable.
Sight and Sound
Spain, 1931. The monarchy is ending, and the army and church reign supreme over Spanish life. In this tumultuous world, Fernando, a young soldier, decides to desert the army in hopes of finding a more pleasant way to live. He takes refuge with Manolo, a farmer, and when the farmer's four beautiful daughters arrive, each uses her own unique charms to seduce the willing--though exhausted--soldier. Academy Awards: Best Foreign Film.
- Winner of 9 Goyas (Spanish Academy Awards) for Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress (Ariadna Gil), Best Supporting Actor (Fernando Fernán Gómez), Best Supporting Actress (Chus Lampreave), Best Cinematographer, Best Art Direction, and Best Editing.
- Won 3 Silver Fotogramas (Spanish Film Critics Awards) for Best Film, Best Actor (Jorge Sanz) and Best Actress (Ariadna Gil).
- Other awards the film won were: Saint Jordi, Calabuch (Peñiscola Comedy Film Festival), Aescan (Andalusian Critics Awards), Reseña, Ojo Critico, Cartelera Turia, and Festival de Huesca.
The film was also nominated for Best European Film at the Felix Awards (European Film Awards).
- The film won prizes or appeared at the following festivals in 1993: Gramado Film Festival (Brazil); Berlin Film Festival; Festival of Festivals, Toronto; Boston Film Festival; Hamptons International Film Festival.
- It was the 1993 Spanish entry to the Academy Awards.
- Shot in Cinemascope.
- Copyright 1992 Fernando Trueba P.C.S.A.-Lola Films S.A.
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