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Early 16th century: following the death of Isabel la Católica, her widow Fernando de Aragón enters in an open war with his tyrannical son-in-law, Felipe el Hermoso, lord of Flandes, who wants to be the new king of the kingdom of Castilla above all. In the middle of the conflict his wife Juana, Fernando's daughter, turns in the center of attention caused by her unstable mind state. Trying to preserve the kingdom for their descendants, Fernando asks help Cardinal Cisneros in order to make a deal with Felipe, but this one has his own agenda looking to expel Fernando out of the Castilla to claim the throne for him, avoiding any contact between father and daughter that it could be an obstacle for his ambitions. But will can Juana to mediate between the two men of her life to prevent a war between the kingdoms that it annihilates the legacy and will of her beloved and deceased mother, or her growing insanity will be the perfect excuse to start the war?Written by
Initially meant as a TV movie to serve as a link between Spanish historical series Isabel (2011) and Carlos, Rey Emperador (2015), the project grew to become a theatrical feature. Unfortunately, this also got the project delayed and it did not premiere until after the end of Carlos, Rey Emperador (2015). See more »
Historical film dealing with jealousy , passions , political intrigues starred by Juana La Loca , Felipe El Hermoso and Fernando De Aragón
New vision of ¨Juana La Loca¨ history and it displays a good cast , such as Rodolfo Sancho , Raúl Mérida , Irene Escolar and special appearance by Michelle Jenner . The known history of the deep love transformed Juana , the nutty Queen of Spain , into Juana "The mad" . Juana (Irene Escolar) is married off by her pious parents , the two famous Catholic kings : Fernando of Aragon (Rodolfo Sancho) and Isabella of Castille (Michelle Jenner) , to ally Spain , united by their marriage , to the Burgundian and other Habsburg heritage of archduke Maximilian (José Coronado) and Maria's son Philip . As in 1496, Juana De Castilla , daughter of the Catholic Kings , travels to Flandes to marry the Archduke Felipe De Austria (Raúl Mérida), known as 'El Hermoso' or The Handsome . When they meet, it's love at first sight, for her all-consuming, for him one of many happy bed partnerships as she later figures out . Deaths in her family soon make Juana Isabella's heir , but Ferdinand suggests she inherited her grandmother's craziness and supports Philip's ambition to govern instead , which becomes the stakes of political maneuvering in the Cortes and then multiple drama is inevitable . Combined with Philip's relentless infidelity , which includes a lot of lovers as the things go awry when Juana uncovers his treason . As mental health Juana starts getting worse and Felipe makes the Burgos Court , nobility-dominated parliament , declare the incurable insanity of Juana and confines her in the monastery of Las Huelgas, proclaiming himself as the king . There , then a strong confrontation takes place , leading to open war between Felipe De Aragón with his tyrannical son-in-law , Felipe el Hermoso , lord of Flandes , who wants to be the new king of the kingdom of Castilla above all and attempting to preserve the kingdom for his descendant, Charles I . Soonafter , Fernando asks help Cardinal Cisneros (Eusebio Poncela) and his underlings as Gonzalo Chacón (Ramon Madaula) , Fuensalida (Fernando Guillén Cuervo) and Duke Alba (Ramón Barea) in order to make a deal with Felipe , but this one has his own agenda looking to expel Fernando out of the Castilla to claim the throne for him , avoiding any contact between father and daughter that it could be an obstacle for his ambitions . But happenings go wrong when Fernando marries Germana De Foix (Silvia Alonso) to make up peace with King of France , Louis , and trying to preserve his possessions from Naples and Sicily . As mental health Juana starts getting worse and Felipe makes the Burgos Court , nobility-dominated parliament , declare the incurable insanity of Juana and confines her in the monastery of Las Huelgas , proclaiming himself as the king . Finally , Juana is locked at a convent in the city of Tordesillas , Valladolid . Later on , it occurs a surprising denouement , Felipe El Hermoso dies .
¨The broken crown¨ concerns a peculiar story , set early 16th century, following the death of Isabel la Católica , it is plenty of doublé-crosses , lies and jealousy with a political confrontation behind . This interesting as well as spectacular story is a passionate retelling and a touching drama about essential and fundamental historical deeds in Spain history . Acceptable interpretations all around . Serious and sober Rodolfo Sancho playing magnificently the mean king . Irene Escolar gives a very good acting , as she shows perfectly her unstable mind state . The secondary actors were very intelligent chosen and they all did marvelous performances . As support cast is frankly excellent , such as : Silvia Alonso as Germana De Foix , Úrsula Corberó as Margarita De Austria , Pedro Mari Sánchez as Duque Nájera , Jordi Díaz as Cabrera , Antonio Gil as Contestable Castilla and brief apparition by José Coronado as Maximiliano Ausburgo . Initially meant as a TV movie to serve as a link between Spanish historical series "Isabel" (2011) and "Carlos, Rey Emperador" (2015), the project grew to become a theatrical feature . Unfortunately, this also got the project delayed and it did not premiere until after the end of "Carlos, Rey Emperador" (2015). The settings are awesome and the palaces and castles are a right manner to show the life style of those days along with the gowns , royal activities , aristocracy and way of life and mentality of those days ; including perfect clothing and costumes by Pepe Reyes . It contains a moving and evocative musical score by Federico Jusid . Spotless pictorial cinematography by Raimón Lorda , he carries out a photography with juicy atmosphere , being shot on location in Castillo Guadamur , Toledo , Iglesia Santa María, Torrelaguna, Catedral Burgos , Catedral Toledo, Cartuja Miraflores, Burgos , and Palacio Del Rincón, Madrid . The motion picture was well directed by Jordi Frades .
Other retellings about this known story based on the historical events about Juana La Loca/Felipe El Hermoso are the followings : A silent version (1909) by Ricardo Baños ; the Spanish classic ¨Locura De Amor¨(1948) by Juan De Orduña with Aurora Bautista as Doña Juana , Fernando Rey as Felipe El Hermoso , Sara Montiel as Aldara , Jorge Mistral as Capitán Don Alvar and , of course, the prestigious version (2001) realized by Vicente Aranda with Pilar López De Ayala , Daniel Liotti , Susi Sánchez , Rosana Pastor , Giuliano Gemma , Roberto Álvarez , Eloy Azorín , Guillermo Toledo . And recently ¨Isabel¨ TV series with Michelle Jenner , Rodolfo Sancho and Irene Escolar as Juana .
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