Television

Television
The following are all pieces created for television. Some are based on García Márquez's fiction, some have been written by him just for TV. Reviews or commentary are welcome.

Yo soy el que tú buscas
(I'm the One You're Looking For)

Spain, 1988
In Spanish; 90 minutes
Directed by Jaime Chávarri
Writing Credits: Jaime Chávarri, Juan Tébar & Gabriel García Márquez

The IMBD has a small entry on this production with the following plot summary: "Natalia, a fashion model, is assaulted by a man one night, when she is returning from work. She decides to take revenge, and obsessively searches for the rapist."

El verano de la señora Forbes
(The Summer of Miss Forbes)

Cuba, 1988
In Spanish; 89 minutes
Directed by Jaime Humberto Hermosillo
Writing Credits: Jaime Humberto Hermosillo & Gabriel García Márquez

The IMBD has a small entry on this production with the following plot summary: "Miss Forbes, a German governess, is hired for six weeks to take care of two children, while their parents are away. She is authoritarian and repressive, so the children plan to murder her. But when they spy on her during the night, they discover Miss Forbes' secret."

Milagro en Roma
(Miracle in Rome)

Colombia, 1988
In Spanish; 90 minutes
Directed by Lisandro Duque Naranjo
Writing Credits: Lisandro Duque Naranjo & Gabriel García Márquez

The IMBD has a small entry on this production, with the following plot summary: "The daughter of a humble public official dies unexpectedly. Twelve years later, when she is exhumed, the father discovers her body is intact. With money collected in the town, the father travels to Rome with his daughter's body, so the Pope can decide whether she is the first Colombian saint or not."

Un Domingo feliz
(A Happy Sunday)

Spain, 1988
In Spanish; 90 minutes
Directed by Olegario Barrera
Writing credits: Eliseo Alberto, Olegario Barrera &Gabriel García Márquez

The IMBD has a small entry on this production, with the following plot summary: "A rich kid runs away from home and meets a young musician who shows him the night life in Caracas."

The Two Way Mirror

Mexico, 1990
In Spanish; 27 minutes
Directed by Carlos García Agraz
Writing Credits: Gabriel García Márquez and Susana Cato

The IMBD has a small entry on this production. David McAnnaly provides this plot summary: "Susana, a beautiful young girl living in 1990, is happily looking forward to her forthcoming marriage -- and has bought an antique mirror to grace her future home. Three weeks before the wedding, the mirror is delivered to her Grandmother's home and taken to Susana's room. Later that day, when looking into the glass, Susana is startled to see the image of a handsome soldier, Nicolas (from 1863), instead of her own reflection. It soon becomes obvious that he can see Susana as clearly as she can see him -- and life, for them both, is never quite the same again."

Far Apart

Mexico, 1991
In Spanish; 27 minutes
Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea  
Writing credits: Gabriel García Márquez and Eliseo Alberto

The IMBD has a small entry on this production.

Saturday Night Thief

Mexico, 1991
In Spanish; 25 minutes
Directed by José Luis García Agraz  
Writing credits: Gabriel García Márquez and Consuelo Garrido

The IMBD has a small entry on this production.

Gabriel García Márquez Collection:
Letters From The Park, Miracle In Rome, The Summer Of Miss Forbes, A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, I'm The One You're Looking For and The Fable Of The Beautiful Pigeon Fancier.

In Spanish with subtitles, 6 tapes (8 hours); $119.98
Wellspring Media at:
http://www.videocollection.com/drama/drama16.html

Mike McVey first alerted me to this: a boxed set of six "Made for TV" Gabo films, available through the Internet. Here is the information from their Web site:

Nobel-prize winning author García Márquez has a passionate love of film as well. Using the cinematic talents of a new wave of directors from Latin America, he finds another new outlet for his storytelling brilliance.

Based on his novels and stories, these six stunning films by Latin America's emerging directors capture García Márquez's fascination with the sexual and spiritual aspects of love. Included are Letters From The Park, Miracle In Rome, The Summer Of Miss Forbes, A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, I'm The One You're Looking For and The Fable Of The Beautiful Pigeon Fancier.

A dazzling mix of dream-like images, humor and earthy sensuality, these magnificent films tell the stories of one of the greatest writers of our time in a superb new way. (English subtitles) 8 hrs. 16 mins. on six videocassettes. $119.98.

These videos are also available separately through Applause Learning Resources (1-800-277-5287; 85 Fernwood Lane, Roslyn, NY 11576-1431; $29.95 each) and Critic's Choice Video (www.ccvideo.com; $19.95 each). You can order the whole set through Amazon.com here:

Garcia Marquez Collection; Gabriel Marquez; VHS Tape; $101.90

García Márquez in Film

"This is the great invention of our time." -- Back to the "Film" main page.

Cinema -- Films based on Gabo's literary works.

Screenplays -- Films with Gabo as a writer or co-writer.

Documentaries -- Films about Gabo himself.


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--Allen B. Ruch
2 June 2003