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Leap to Fame (1959)

Salto a la gloria (original title)
The story of doctor Santiago Ramón y Cajal, who adapting Golgi's silver staining method enabled the visualization of the real structure of the central nervous system, based on individual cells, the neurons. For which both were bestowed the Nobel prize in 1906.

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León Klimovsky

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Vicente Escrivá (screenplay), Vicente Escrivá (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adolfo Marsillach ... Santiago Ramón y Cajal
Asunción Sancho Asunción Sancho ... Silveria, esposa de Santiago
José Marco Davó ... Don Justo, padre de Santiago
María del Valle María del Valle
Mario Morales Mario Morales
Isabel de Pomés ... Madre de Santiago
Rafael Bardem ... Profesor Casas
Julia Caba Alba ... Viajera del tren
Matilde Muñoz Sampedro ... Vendedora de animales
Manuel Peiró Manuel Peiró ... Pedro Ramón y Cajal
José Sepúlveda ... Zapatero
Antonio Alfonso Vidal Antonio Alfonso Vidal ... Profesor Skelliger
Juan Cazalilla Juan Cazalilla ... Ordenanza
Manuel Arbó ... Marido de una enferma de cólera
Luis María Lasala Luis María Lasala ... Empleado del congreso (as Luis Lasala)
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The story of doctor Santiago Ramón y Cajal, who adapting Golgi's silver staining method enabled the visualization of the real structure of the central nervous system, based on individual cells, the neurons. For which both were bestowed the Nobel prize in 1906.

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Spain

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Spanish

Release Date:

11 August 1960 (Mexico) See more »

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Geschichte eines Arztes See more »

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Ayerbe, Huesca, Aragón, Spain See more »

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Cuplé
Music by Federico Contreras
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Agreeable and slow-moving biopic, including historical retrospections about the prestigious scientist Santiago Ramon y Cajal
6 October 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Leap to Fame is an enjoyable biography, though tediously paced, at times , from childhood to adult period, being skilfully dramatised and well starred by Adolfo Marsillach. Dealing with the notorious scientific who is considered to be the head of the wise men, discovering the developing of the nervous cells. Ramon Y Cajal was born in Petilla de Aragon 1852 and died in Madrid 1934. At his infancy he is submitted by his dominant father: Jose Marco Davo who shapes son's future to become his own man, as he served as a helper of a stiff shoe-maker : Jose Sepulveda . As an adult character he attended at the Zaragoza University as a detached pupil. Later on, he was in the Cuban war as a doctor, there being wounded and sick. He attached the first grade as a professor in Valencia University. He studied illness as tuberculosis, tisis, and means to combat it. Cajal himself used to practice with a simple microscope that enabled him the visualization of the real structure of the central nervous system, based on individual cells, the neurons. For which both Cajal was bestowed the Medicine Nobel Prize in Stockholm 1906.

It deals faithfully of the famous doctor Santiago Ramon y Cajal, but relies heavily on his relationship with his father, wife and children . It is an interesting biography regarding his universitary time, studies, teachings, family and anything else. Cajal , magnificently played by Adolfo Marsillach, elaborated his known theory about neurons, nervious cells and central nervous system formed by independient cells by adopting Golgi's silver staining method. Marsillach is finely accompanied by a great plethora of secondary actors as Jose Marco Davo, Angel Alvarez, Rafael Bardem, Jose Sepulveda, Goyo Lebrero, Enrique Avila, Manuel Pombo, Julia Caba Alba, Isabel de Pomes , Manuel Arbo, Antonio Molino Rojo, Jose Manuel Martin, among others. It is followed by a miniseries also starred by Marsillach titke Ramon y Cajal (1982), 9 episodes directed by Jose Maria Forque with Veronica Forque, Fernando Fernan Gomez , Laura Cepeda .

It contains an atmospheric and adequate cinematography in black and white by Godofredo Pacheco. And evocative musical score by Isidro Maiztegui. The motion picture was well directed by Leon Klimovsky. It won best Spanish film and best actor in San Sebastian Film Festival. And won Cinema Writers Circle Awards to best actor, Marsillach. National Syndicate of Spectator winner best actor and best film. And Saint Jordi Awards winner best actor. Rating 7/10. Decent biography.


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