La conjura de El Escorial
2008, regia di Antonio del Real
Scheda: Nazione: Spagna - Produzione: Mascara Films, Settima Luna - Distribuzione: Sony Pictures Releasing Spain, Hannover House - Soggetto: da - Sceneggiatura: Manuel Mir, Antonio del Real, Juan Antonio Porto, Marta Rivera de la Cruz - Fotografia: Alejandro Vivas Puig - Montaggio: Teresa Font - Scenografia: Luis Vallés “Koldo” - Set Decoration: Marta Laguna - Costumi: Javier Artiñano - Musiche: Alejandro Vivas Puig - Effetti speciali: Telson - Formato: Color - Durata: 128' (150').
Cast: Jasón Isaacs, Julia Ormond, Jürgen Prochnow, Jordi Mollá, Joaquim de Almeida, Juanjo Puigcorbé, Blanca Jara, Fabio Testi, Rosana Pastor, Pablo Puyol, Concha Cuetos, Tony Peck.
Trama e commenti: movieplayer.it - feelm.it - cineuropa.org: «Un thriller storico con intrighi politici e polizieschi, che vede protagonisti due famiglie rivali: la famiglia Alba e i suoi seguaci da un lato, e la famiglia Mendoza con Antonio Pérez e la principessa di Eboli dall’altro. La notte del lunedì di Pasqua del 1578, alcuni assassini a pagamento tendono un’imboscata a Juan de Escobedo, uccidendolo».
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - elantepenultimomohicano.com - zinema.com - ftvdb.bfi.org.uk - en.wikipedia.org - filmaffinity.com - rottentomatoes.com - cine.estamosrodando.com - nurycat.deviantart.com - divxonline.info - nachoares.com: «In the late 16th Century, in the Court of Philip II, the House of Alba is fighting to regain the King’s favour and displace the rival faction of the House of Mendoza, led by the Princess of Éboli. On the night of Easter Monday, 1578, paid assassins ambush Juan de Escobedo, secretary of Don Juan de Austria, and kill him. Mateo Vázquez, a priest and official in the King’s service, is charged with the investigation of his murder. The Duke of Alba, who, despite his 71 years, has not lost a whit of his legendary energy and vigour, has for some time been relegated to a lesser role in the Court, due to the growing power of the King’s most influential secretary, Antonio Pérez. The situation in Flanders, under the command of the King’s charismatic illegitimate half-brother, is extremely delicate. On one hand, William of Orange, and, on the other, England and the still dormant Protestant heresy make the Low Countries an inhospitable place which is in constant conflict and where those who possess privileged information can acquire immense fortunes. John of Austria has sent his personal secretary, Juan de Escobedo, to intercede before the King, Philip II. As chance would have it, Escobedo witnesses the murky and passionate romance between Antonio Pérez and Ana de Mendoza, Princess of Éboli, whose extraordinary beauty is as dangerous as her ambition and difficult to resist. From that moment on, Juan de Escobedo becomes the target of a series of failed attempts on his life... And what if the whole affair were a cunning plot drawn up by the Duke of Alba? Through these shoals of intrigue, where steel is always flashing in the enemy’s hand… or his friend’s… wends the route that Mateo Vázquez must navigate, following the faint trail of a police investigation that points inexorably to the top. A just man, an innocent moorish girl, an unscrupulous woman, a corrupt minister, a Machiavellian duke… And hovering over all of them, the figure of a King. The murder of Escobedo, the first of several, sets in motion a period full of dangers in which it is said that barely an inch separates the King’s smile from his sword. The El Escorial Conspiracy narrates a historical fact not well known within the general audience (the betrayal of the Princess of Eboli to the King of Spain, Philip II) and the fights for power within Court. It awakens curiosity and cultural interest not only due to the historical fact itself, but for it being a film of intrigue which happenings occur in the inside of the palace. The El Escorial Conspiracy is an ambitious production. Some of the best professionals of the Spanish and European industry are behind us, working with an international cast in order to deliver a historic film with huge doses of political and inside-palace intrigues, of love and hate, of friends and enemies…a breath-taking thriller in which power and death conspire in the Court of Felipe II».
Approfondimenti: Movie Review
Conosciuto anche con i titoli: The El Escorial Conspiracy; The Conspiracy; A Conspiração da Corte.