Marcelino pan y vino

Infobox Film
name = Marcelino Pan y Vino

image_size = 150px
caption = Spanish film poster
director = Ladislao Vajda
producer =
writer = Jose M. Sanchez Silva,
Ladislao Vajda
narrator =
starring = Rafael Rivelles,
Antonio Vico,
Juan Calvo,
José Marco Davó
music = Pablo Sorozábal
cinematography = Enrique Guerner
editing = Julio Peña
distributor = flagicon|Spain Chamartín
flagicon|USA United Motion Pictures Organization
released = flagicon|Spain February 24 1955
flagicon|Italy September 8 1955
flagicon|USA October 22 1956
runtime = 91 mins.
country = flag|Spain
language = Spanish
budget =
gross = ESP 97,053,127
preceded_by =
followed_by =
website =
amg_id = 1:148719
imdb_id = 0047216

"Marcelino Pan y Vino" [lit. "Marcelino, Bread and Wine"] (aka The Miracle of Marcelino) is a 1955 Spanish film. It was a success, and other countries have produced versions of it. The 1955 film was written by José Maria Sanchez Silva, who based it on his novel, and directed by Ladislao Vajda. Its stars were Rafael Rivelles, Juan Calvo, and the young child star Pablito Calvo (no relation to Juan) as Marcelino. The background score and the film's theme song are by Pablo Sorozábal.

The story, revised and modernized in both the book and film, dates back to a medieval legend, one of many gathered together in a volume by Alfonso el Sabio. ref|


The story revolves around Marcelino, an orphan abandoned as a baby on the steps of a monastery in eighteenth-century Spain. The monks raise the child, and Marcelino grows into a rowdy young boy. He has been warned by the monks not to visit the monastery attic, where a supposed bogeyman lives, but he ventures upstairs anyway, sees the bogeyman, and tears off back down the stairs.

At a festival, Marcelino causes havoc when he accidentally lets some animals loose, and the new local mayor, whom the monks would not let adopt the child because of his coarse behavior, uses the incident as an excuse to try to shut down the monastery.

Given the silent treatment by the monks, Marcelino gathers up the courage to once again enter the attic, where he sees, not a bogeyman, but a beautiful statue of Christ on the Cross. Remarking that the statue looks hungry, Marcelino steals some bread and wine and offers it to the statue, which comes to life, descends from the Cross, and eats and drinks what the boy has brought him. The statue becomes Marcelino's best friend and confidante and begins to give him religious instruction. For his part, Marcelino realizes that the statue is Christ.

The monks know something is strange when they notice bread and wine disappearing, and arrange to spy on Marcelino. One day, the statue notices that Marcelino is pensive and brooding instead of happy, and tells him that he would like to reward his kindness. Marcelino answers, "I want only to see my mother, [she had died] and to see Yours after that". The statue cradles Marcelino in its arms, tells Marcelino to sleep - and Marcelino dies happy.

The monks witness the miracle through a crack in the attic door, and burst in just in time to see the dead Marcelino bathed in a heavenly glow. The statue returns to its place on the Cross, and Marcelino is buried underneath the chapel and venerated by all who visit the now flourishing monastery-turned-shrine.

The main story is told in flashback by a monk (played by Fernando Rey) visiting a dying girl, and tells her the story of Marcelino for inspiration. The film ends with the monk entering the now completely remodeled chapel in the monastery during Mass, and saying to the crucifix once kept in the attic: "We have been speaking about you, O Lord,", and then, to Marcelino's grave, which is situated nearby, "And about you, too, Marcelino".

The story is said to have many symbolic meanings, but is usually just enjoyed as a religious fable, although some have seen a sinister aspect as Marcelino asks to die and Christ grants his wish. The film remains one of the most famous and successful foreign films of the mid 1950's.


* The film won two Special Mention awards at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival - the OCIC Award, and another award for Pablito Calvo's performance in the film.
* Its director, Ladislao Vajda, was nominated for a Golden Palm Award, but did not win.


* Rafael Rivelles and Juan Calvo, who play two monks in the film, had already starred together as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in the 1947 Spanish film version of Cervantes's "Don Quixote".

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