Lope | Chicago Reader


Spanish poet and playwright Felix Lope de Vega y Carpio is the subject of this lavish biopic from Brazilian director Andrucha Waddington (Me You Them), who's better at capturing 16th-century period details than illuminating creative genius. The hero (Alberto Ammann of Cell 211) returns home to Madrid after naval service, apprentices with a theatrical impresario, and carries on affairs with the boss's imperious married daughter (Pilar Lopez de Ayala of In the City of Sylvia) and a demure admirer (Leonor Watling of Talk to Her). The rebellious young wit draws crowds of fans by defying artistic conventions, but his impetuous, self-destructive behavior leads him into trouble with both his creditors and the law. Lots of steamy clinches, intrigue, and the occasional sword fight animate this bodice-ripper, but it's only a cut above The Tudors. In Spanish with subtitles.



  • Andrucha Waddington


  • Leonor Watling
  • Sonia Braga
  • Luis Tosar
  • Pilar López de Ayala
  • Alberto Ammann
  • Antonio de la Torre
  • Selton Mello
  • Miguel Ángel Muñoz
  • Antonio Dechent
  • Juan Diego
  • Jordi Dauder
  • Marina Salas


  • Juan Caro
  • Julio Ariza
  • Ángel Blasco
  • Iona de Macedo

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