The Girl of Your Dreams
The Girl of Your Dreams (Spanish: La niña de tus ojos) is a 1998 Spanish drama film produced and directed by Fernando Trueba that stars Penélope Cruz, Antonio Resines, Johannes Silberschneider and Hanna Schygulla. Set during the Spanish Civil War, it centers on a fictional Andalusian actress making a film in Nazi Germany who becomes the object of Joseph Goebbels' attentions.
|The Girl of Your Dreams|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Fernando Trueba|
|Produced by||Andrés Vicente Gómez|
|Written by||Rafael Azcona|
Miguel Ángel Egea
Rosa María Sardà
|Music by||Antoine Duhamel|
|Edited by||Carmen Frías|
In 1938, while Spain is in the grip of civil war, a film team from territory held by Franco's rebels are invited to the co-production in Berlin of a musical set in 19th-century Andalucia, to be shot in separate Spanish and German versions. At first happy to be working away from their war-torn country, the group find life under Nazism increasingly unpleasant and dangerous.
Macarena, their attractive star, soon catches the eye of Goebbels, the Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, who is determined to bed her. Though she finds him repulsive, and prefers the company of Blas, the married director of the Spanish version, it is made clear to her that for the sake of the project and of Hispano-German relations she must comply.
When she points out that the extras in the film look ridiculously inauthentic, being tall and fair-haired, they are replaced by short dark Jewish and Romani prisoners from a concentration camp, under armed SS guards. An extra with whom she sympathises, a handsome Russian called Leo, escapes the guards and she smuggles him into the villa where Goebbels has installed her. When Goebbels calls round, Leo knocks him out cold.
Blas realises that this is the end of the road for the project and rushes to see Goebbels' wife, who is well aware of her husband's activities. She writes him a pass enabling Leo, Macarena and her dresser to board a plane that night. The fate of the rest of the group, who are all under arrest, is unclear.
- Penélope Cruz as Macarena Granada
- Antonio Resines as Blas Fontiveros
- Jorge Sanz as Julián Torralba
- Rosa Maria Sardà as Rosa Rosales
- Santiago Segura as Castillo
- Loles León as Trini Morenos
- Jesús Bonilla as Marco Bonilla
- Neus Asensi as Lucia Gandia
- Miroslav Táborský as Václav Passer
- Johannes Silberschneider as Goebbels
- Karel Dobry as Leo
- Götz Otto as Heinrich von Wermelskirch
- Hanna Schygulla as Magda Goebbels
- María Barranco as Ambassador's wife
- Juan Luis Galiardo as Ambassador
During the Civil War, filmmakers from the Nationalist side found work in Germany and Italy. For example, in 1938 at the UFA studios in Babelsberg, the Spanish director Florián Rey filmed Carmen, la de Triana in Spanish and a German version called Andalusische Nächte, both starring the Argentine singer and actress Imperio Argentina with whom, according to legend, Hitler fell in love. She is reported to have sued the producers and director for using her life story without permission.
- "Berlinale: 1999 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
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