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The Long Winter (1992)

El largo invierno (original title)
In this sequel to "Long Vacations of 36", the son of a large bourgeois family returns to Barcelona to find out what happened after he fled the country in '39. He learns the details of the fascist takeover from his former butler.


Jaime Camino
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio Gassman ... Claudio, El Mayordomo
Jacques Penot Jacques Penot ... Ramon Casals
Elizabeth Hurley ... Ema Stapleton
Jean Rochefort ... Jordi Casals
Adolfo Marsillach ... Casimiro Casals
Asunción Balaguer ... Assumpta de Casals (as Asuncion Balaguer)
Teresa Gimpera ... Lola de Casals
Ramon Madaula ... Simi Casals
Àlex Casanovas ... Fernando Casals (as Alex Casanovas)
Judit Mascó ... Mercedes Casals (as Judit Masco)
Jordan Giralt Jordan Giralt ... Juanito Casals
Yaiza Pérez Yaiza Pérez ... Flora Casals (as Yaiza Perez)
Silvia Munt ... Amelia
José Luis de Vilallonga ... Conde de Santbenet (as Jose Luis de Vilallonga)
Ovidi Montllor ... Juan


In this sequel to "Long Vacations of 36", the son of a large bourgeois family returns to Barcelona to find out what happened after he fled the country in '39. He learns the details of the fascist takeover from his former butler.

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Release Date:

29 April 1992 (Spain) See more »

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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Dramatic and moving film that develops the tragic events of a Barcelona family during the Spanish Civil War 1939 .
29 July 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film is set at the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939 , it deals with the days leading up to Barcelona encroachment that are dramatized from different locations . It tells the story of a Barcelona family through a faithful servant , the Italian Claudio (Vittorio Gassman) . Many years later , a descendant , Ramon Casals Jr (Sergi Mateu) arrives in the Mimosas mansion and attempting to find out what happened his family after they fled the country in '39 , then he learns the details of the fascist takeover from the former butler . In first part titled ¨La casa de Mimosas¨ regards how the old Catalanist Jordi Casals (Jean Rochefort) survives at Barcelona next to the invasion by Francoist troops , while happens bombing and destruction . The second part titled ¨Caralsol¨concerns his fascist brother Casimiro Casals (Adolfo Marsillach) , replacing Jordi at home , and at charge of the Casals family . Along the way is developed a melodramatic love story between Doctor Ramon Casals (Jacques Penot) and the American deaf-mute teacher Ema Stapleton (Elizabeth Hurley) .

Detailed recreation about the significant weeks leading up to Barcelona invasion during the Spanish Civil War in 1939 .The flick is spoiled by some disjointed scenes , interiors overusing and lacking exteriors . It is narrated by means of some parallel stories , a lot of flashbacks and retelling historical as well as fictitious events . The picture is based on historic events , though it has some inventions and including a well recreated Barcelona encroached by the National Army carried out by the prestigious production designer Gil Parrondo who made Patton and Nicholas and Alexandra . It is divided in two parts : La casa de Mimosas and Caralsol . Director Jaime Camino was very interested in Spanish Civil War , as he made this ¨The Long Winter¨ that is a sequel to "Long Vacations of 36", and two documentary as ¨La vieja memoria¨ and ¨Los niños de Rusia¨. The international main cast is pretty good , the prestigious Vittorio Gasmman who uses his own voice , while Elizabeth Hurley is finely dubbed as well as Jacques Penot and Sergi Mateu who plays as the son of the large bourgeois family returning to Barcelona . Support cast is frankly well , such as : Jean Rochefort , Adolfo Marsillach , Asunción Balaguer , Teresa Gimpera , Ramon Madaula , Àlex Casanovas , Silvia Munt , José Luis de Vilallonga , José Luis López Vázquez , Ovidi Montllor , Vicky Peña , Hermann Bonnín ,Pedro Díez del Corral , Abel Folk , Ferran Rañé , Mario Gas , Judit Mascó , Jordi Rebellón , Marian Aguilera , Jordi Dauder , José Lifante , among others .

It contains an atmospheric and sensitive musical score by Albert Guinovart performed by Barcelona Symphonic Orchestra . As well as an evocative cinematography by Hans Burmann . Adequate screenplay written by notorious authors as Román Gubern , Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón , Bernheim ,Juan Marsé and Jaime Camino himself .This lavish motion picture was profesionally directed by Jaime Camino , though it has has failures and gaps , being a flop at the Spanish boxoffice . Camino was a fine writer/producer/director and member of the ¨Barcelona School¨ , as he financed his films by means of his own Company : Tibidabo Films S.A. . His films were strongly censored from ¨Los Felices 60¨ dealing with adultery , to ¨Largas Vacaciones Del 36¨ (1975) . He directed several dramas as ¨Mañana será otro dia¨(1966) about the loves of a prostitute , ¨España otra vez¨ (68) that won the Spectacle Syndicate Award , ¨Un Invierno En Mallorca¨ about Federico Chopin and George Sand in this island , ¨La Campanada¨ upon crisis of a middle-age man , ¨El Balcón Abierto¨ about poet Federico Garcia Lórca , and ¨Luces y sombras¨(88) about a director who shoots ¨Las Meninas¨by Velazquez . And a prestigious documentary titled ¨La Vieja Memoria¨ and finally ¨El Largo Invierno¨ about the end of the Spanish Civil War in Barcelona .

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