Real Love (2003– )
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This +180 chapter "novela" has a great pace, great acting and awesome locations.
Wradrobe is excellent... the Mexico of the early 20th century is portrayed in a very exquisite manner.
This is most beautiful passionate, three-way conflict I have ever seen in a soup opera.
The extras showed the enormous effort which had gone into making the show, the HUGE cast, thousands of period costumes, and a specially built set which would make a "Colonial Mexico" them park. I can only hope that the show will be repeated in full some time in the near future so that I can tape every episode, or that an extended version could be brought out on DVD.
95 episodes, minus commercials and chapter bookends last about 35 minutes each, which adds up to slightly over 55 1/2 hours, which would fit on 10 DVD's, or even 5 double sided.
To get to the story. This show was one of the most spectacular romantic series every. It had everything, beautiful women, handsome men, passionate love, intrigue, scheming, power grabs, gorgeous settings, cheating, star-crossed lovers, family loyalties, family secrets, a revolution - a real feast for the eyes, and for one who lives in the US, a refreshing change to see the way the Mexicans see themselves rather than the caricatures usually portrayed by Hollywood films. I cannot wait to see it shown again.
My only gripe was Matilde's constant snivelling got on my nerves. Not only did she cry enough to fill a bathtub, but the men were at it too. As little Manuelito said to his father, "Men don't cry"! Well they did in this show, by the bucket.
I am a lover of good stories and this "old school" love story should be a classic. Great actors, great acting, exceptional sets and wardrobe, what a shame to condense this movie to just 4 hours, it should be re released as a long version. May be "they" think it might not work, I will give you some examples, Lord of the rings, harry potter, twilight saga and if you want longer titles, star trek (lost count how many dvds are released), believe me, movies like these do not come around every day.
what I loved about this movie, is that it was made well, the acting, sets, storyline, location and so much more and the movie keeps you interested and addicted to watch more and it didn't have endless scenes of special effect, most of the time computer generated to do this. I enjoyed this movie and I will watch it again, this movie is not a see once and shelf it. I can still hope for the extended version....
In barely 3 weeks at air with 12 episodes transmitted, the history has been presented and night after night maintains us touched to see the story of Matilde and Manuel.
More as every soap opera of epoch of Televisa, the put in scene enjoys of an excellent design of production, wardrobe and direction of art.
The locations are glorious, the soundtrack is very good, especially that cancion interpreted by Sin Bandera. The story lacks of narrative depth, not stops being the always Mexican television fairytale.
But Fernando Colunga has been at the height of the expectations, equal Chantal Andere in her role of Victoria and Ernesto Laguardia as a kind of caricature villan, Humberto. While Adela Noriega began in a very well performance, since Fuentes Guerra avoided her that ran away of the wedding and carried to his country house has been pure tears and frankly this actress itself is overreacted.
Good history, I think that it can be better. As it is noted when the people want to do well the things.