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The Outlaw (Lope) [DVD] (2010)

Alberto Ammann , Leonor Watling , Andrucha Waddington    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Alberto Ammann, Leonor Watling, Pilar López de Ayala, Ramón Pujol, Antonio de la Torre
  • Directors: Andrucha Waddington
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GJTMIQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,455 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 16th Century Spain a gifted young playwright and soldier, Lope de Vega returns to Madrid from the war. Filled with ambition, eager to live, to write and to make his dreams a reality he is forced to work as a humble copyist. Lope falls for his boss‟s ravishing daughter Elena but must keep the relationship secret. But Elena has another secret: she's already married. When Lope finds out, he asks her to end her marriage and make their love public. Elena refuses. Wounded, he is tempted to play along with the one woman who can bring his vision to the stage, but his passion burns stronger than his ambition, and he publicly exposes the hypocrisy of Elena and her father. Furious, they accuse him of slander. With the Law on his heels, Lope must outrun danger and overcome adversity to clear his name. Only his rediscovered childhood friend, the beautiful Isabel, can help him. As they travel battle along the road to freedom together, Lope discovers his own true love. But fate is not yet finished with him...

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Spanish Shakespeare. 9 Jan 2012
By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I have read a few reviews of this film that draw strong comparisons with John Madden's "Shakespeare in Love", which is not surprising given the films very similar content. In this film the bard with the silver tongue is Felix Arturo Lope de Vega y Carpio, or Lope for short, who seems to be almost as revered in Spain as our own bard is in this country. A contemporary of Cervantes who wrote one of my very favourite books "Don Quixote", he was a prolific writer over a 56 year period during the late 1500s and early 1600s. Lope, like many of the gifted poets, lead an extremely colourful life which transfers nicely to film, thank you very much guvnor! In the film Lope, played by the handsome Argentinian actor Alberto Ammann, returns home penniless from war in the Azores. He soon discovers a love of the theatre and finds he has a natural gift for poetry. This talent has a very pleasing 'Lynx effect', and Lope does not need to engage in anything so vulgar as bodice ripping, as the ladies are quite happy to throw them off willingly. This leads to a few little problems with fathers and rivals for the hands of fair maidens. Oh dear, what would Don Quixote have done in such a pickle?

As the previous reviewer has pointed out, the all action DVD cover holds the promise of lots of decent action. Not for the first time this proves to be a false dawn. This film is a very decent period love story, and aside from a couple of sword duels the action comes a very poor second. No matter though, it is a good enough film! The costumes and attention to period detail are top notch, and it is clear the production values were not heavily rationed. The acting is of a high standard, with the attractive Spanish actresses Leonor Watling and Pilar Lopex de Ayala giving Ammann good support.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is once again a film that is being misrepresented by the cover. It shows our hero Lope de Vega firing a crossbow as in the background a city burns and an army besieges it. Thus indicating that this is an historical battle a thon, well it aint. He does fire one shot from said crossbow, but misses the water melon and later there is some sword play but no battles here at all, so shame on the marketers. It was called `Lope' in Spain and to call it `The Outlaw is also misleading as he only gets exiled, so not really Robin Hood or a Jesse James type character either.

What it is though is a film `based' on a chapter in the life of Spain's most prolific playwright, Lope de Vega. He was in the Spanish navy and fought for the recapture of the Azores. The film picks up just after that when he returns to Madrid to take up his playwriting career. He is taken on by a play promoter and being the silver tongued devil that he is, he immediately falls for his daughter. This is Elena Osorio. They start a passionate but secretive affair as she is already wed, but hubby has been off some place for years and she will not refute the marriage. In a bid to get her to change her mind, he publicly exposes her and is sued for slander. Which was taken a tad more seriously in those days than it is now.

This results in him being forced into exile, but he takes a young sixteen year old with him - Isabel de Urbina. That is the basic synopsis and actually quite accurately follows that part of Lopes life. His real story would have made a much better film, for instance he was in the Spanish Armada that attacked England and was one of the few ships that made it back, he wrote over 1,800 plays and oodles more besides.
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