Finding Altamira


Drama / History


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Antonio Banderas as Marcelino
Rupert Everett as MonseƱor
Maryam d'Abo as Elena
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1hr 37 min
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24 fps
1hr 37 min
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Reviewed by psagray 8 / 10

The story of an extraordinary discovery.

The director Hugh Hudson and Antonio Banderas have been interested in such a relevant and important event as was the discovery of these unique caves in the world. But Marcelino Sanz de Santuola was not fortunate to enjoy such a glorious moment, The film is very interesting; raises the dilemmas faced Marcelino this discovery, a passionate man who was beaten only make history, for trying to seek the truth of human nature. His little daughter was the only one who believed him.

It is a remarkable film to not have a big budget and not having too good a deal on actors and actresses, but they all contribute their bit for the film makes you feel interest in what you are seeing.

It is a movie without great adventures and what at times is a little slow, but that does not detract from the essential, tell the story that some Spaniards discovered the biggest find what had been done in cave paintings. Some paintings that initially thought they had 10,000 years ago and then showed they had 35,000 years Antonio Banderas makes a very serious work and portrays his character very well. It is a movie recorded in English, photography is wonderful and the scenery featured in the film is beautiful. Is a film of just over 90 minutes, entertaining and very interesting above all, a valuable and important story that we should be proud, in which all leaves beautiful Cantabria

Reviewed by lavatch 10 / 10

Beautifully Photographed Lesson in Art History

Pablo Picasso wrote that "after Altamira, all is decadence - we have invented nothing." This fascinating and aesthetically splendid film tells the story of the discovery of one of the earliest works of art of mankind, the famous Paleolithic cave paintings of animals, the so-called Cave of Altamira near the town of Santillana del Mar and west of Santander in Cantabria, Spain.

Antonio Banderas is outstanding as the impassioned "amateur" scientist responsible for alerting the world to the transcendent discovery of the caves, initially found by a dog and a shepherd who stumbled across the opening. Banderas plays the role of Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola y de la Pedrueca, who, along with his eight-year-old daughter, Maria, first recognized the significance of the mysterious wall paintings. The film starts in 1878 in Cantabria and ends in 1902, the date when the wall paintings were formally acknowledged as authentic.

The film tells the story of the struggle and humiliation of Sautuola, who faced hostility from both the church and the recidivist scientists, who refused to believe that the magnificent paintings could have been executed by artists around the year 10,000 B.C.E.

It turns out that paintings may have belonged to the Aurignacian culture, 35,600 years ago. Sautuola carefully analyzed the evidence and came to realize the significance of the find. The film effectively develops the family drama, focusing on the resistance of Sautuola's wife, Conchita, who finally comes around to believing in the theory of her husband. Conchita also takes a strong stand against the local Monsignor, who nearly invokes the Spanish Inquisition in his attempt to consign Sautuola to hell for his scientific views.

"Altamira" was directed by Hugh Hudson, the filmmaker who produced one of the most beautifully shot films of the previous century, "Chariots of Fire." "Altamira" has the same polished look with breathtaking scenes of the countryside in Northern Spain.

This film could have been a dry "history channel" dramatization. Instead, it is a superbly crafted and aesthetically brilliant feature film, one that is not to be missed for lovers of art and culture.

Reviewed by Larry Silverstein 7 / 10

Interesting & Well Presented

Antonio Banderas stars here as Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola, a well-to-do Spanish jurist and amateur archaeologist, on whose land was found the cave that became the first location where wall paintings of prehistoric man were discovered-in the Cave of Altamira, in the late 1870's. Actually, it was Sautuola's 9-year-old daughter Maria, wonderfully portrayed by Allegra Allen, who actually spotted the paintings on the ceiling of the cave first.

Being a man of science and seeker of truth, Sautuola immediately recognized the historic significance of this find. However, he will soon find himself embroiled in conflict with the powerful Spanish Church, important members of the scientific community who doubt the paintings' authenticity, and even his own wife Conchita (Golshifteh Farahani) who is conflicted between supporting her husband and her own devotion to the Church.

All in all, I thought this film, ably directed by Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire), who is making a return to the silver screen after a 16 year hiatus, with a solid script from Olivia Hetreed and Jose Luis Lopez-Linares, was well presented and absorbing, and if you like this type of cerebral historical drama I would recommend it.

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