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La Nina de Tus Ojos

Directed by Fernando Trueba

Cast : Penélope Cruz, Antonio Resines, Neus Asensi, Jesús Bonilla, Loles Leon, Jorge Sanz, Rosa María Sardá, Santiago Segura.

1998

 

 Penelope can dance and sing

Penélope Cruz sings and dances typical andalusian songs as Macarena.

Macarena and Fontiveros

Macarena shares with Fontiveros a secret love.

Macarena and Goebbles

Goebbels cannot resist inviting Macarena to dinner.

The Spanish troupe of actors

The actors escape the Spanish Civil War to find a troubled time in Nazi Germany.

It's 1938 and Spain is in the middle of a civil war. Spain has no place for culture and even less for cinema. Many film studios have turned into gun factories and the ones that are still open are in the republican zone, which Franco fights to eliminate.

It is the era of the film-makers allied to those fighting with Franco and those who help him. They are the ones who manage to get funding from the the shameful relations Franco holds with Hitler.

At the time of the Spanish Civil War, Joseph Goebbels, Ministrer of Nazi Propaganda, conscious of the great power of cinema to manipulate the masses, promotes arian cinema from the powerful UFA Film Productions and plans to destroy American cinema, dominated by jewish film-makers. Goebbels' plan was to use Spanish actors to promote German cinema in Latin America through the successful Spanish productions.

This is the peculiar historical moment in which La Niña de Tus Ojos is set. The story presents a Spanish troupe of actors coming from the Franco side of the Civil War who are trying to survive by escaping the war and going to work as far away from the Civil War as possible. They are not big stars and they know that the film they are about to shoot will not make cinema history, but at least it will earn them some more time to live. Reality will force them to define their ideals and take sides, risk their lives and make sacrifices.

The characters and the story are ficticious, but Fernando Trueba based them on the true film actresses Carmen, La de Triana and Imperio Argentina, who also shot a Spanish-German double version film and who sang the original version of the tonadilla "Los Piconeros", which is sang beautifully by Penélope Cruz in La Niña de Tus Ojos.

 

Cinema inside cinema, La Niña de Tus Ojos reflects the era of the big European film studios. It is the cronicle of a film production which will get interrupted, and this is curiously a common situation with another one of Fernando Trueba's films: El Sueño del Mono Loco (The Dream of the Crazy Monkey) 1989.

 Fernando Trueba

Fernando Trueba.

 Antonio Resines gives the camera a try.

Antonio Resines cannot resist to be behind the camera just once.

 

La Niña de Tus Ojos offered Fernando Trueba the possibility to shoot a film with situations not too different from one of his favourite films, To Be or Not to Be.Trueba started this project in 1991 and with a budget of 900 million pesetas (approx. £360,000) he took a whole group of select Spanish actors to Prague to represent the troubled troupe of actors and make his dream come true. The troupe will play the personal guests of Goebbels to shoot a double Spanish-German version of a musical drama in the UFA film studios in Berlin.

Five years before shooting the film, Trueba and script writer Rafael Azcona visited the UFA film studios in Babelsberg, Berlin, to study the possibility of filming La Nina de Tus Ojos at the same place where the story takes place. After finding that the studios had been rebuilt and modernised they changed their minds and decided to film at the Barrandov studios in Prague, which were built in the 1920s, had not used since World War II and matched closely the idea Trueba had in mind.

A brilliantly directed comedy with a terrific performance by Penelope Cruz as the Andalusian actress-singer Macarena Granada, La Nina de Tus Ojos was awarded 7 Goya Awards in the 1998 Goya Film Awards.

 DVD Special features menu page

 The DVD Special Features menu page.

Penelope Cruz

Penélope Cruz as Macarena.

 Jorge Sanz dressed in full 1930s costume.

The actors dressed in Typical 1930s Spanish costumes.

La Niña de tus Ojos on DVD

Genre:Comedy

Length minutes

Format: 1,85:1

Rated:

Awards:

7 Goya Awards:

  • Best Director
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Actress

San Sebastian Festival:

  • Best Director

Special Features:

  • Filmographies
  • Trailer + Teasers
  • Photo Album
  • Storyboards
  • A bit of History
  • Unedited Scenes
  • How it was Made
  • The Cheats and Special effects
  • La Nina at the 1998 Goya Film Awards

Language: Spanish

Subtitles:

  • English
  • French

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Transcript by Virginia Chico.

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