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Mad Love (2001) (2002)

Pilar López de Ayala , Daniele Liotti , Vicente Aranda  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pilar López de Ayala, Daniele Liotti, Rosana Pastor, Giuliano Gemma, Roberto Álvarez
  • Directors: Vicente Aranda
  • Writers: Vicente Aranda, Antonio Larreta, Manuel Tamayo y Baus
  • Producers: Enrique Cerezo, James Ordonez, Manuel Soria, Pedro Costa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007G1V9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The love story that transformed Juana, Queen of Spain, into Juana "The mad". A story of passions, lies and jealousy with a political fight behind it.

Spain's answer to Elizabeth is a 16th-century political conspiracy drama inspired by the true story of the "mad" Queen Joan and transformed by septuagenarian Vicente Aranda (Lovers, Jealousy) into an earthy bodice ripper. Age certainly hasn't dulled his taste for hot-blooded cinema. Spanish beauty Pilar López de Ayala, with her doe eyes and milky complexion, is the royal innocent sacrificed in a political marriage to the swarthy Prince Philip (Daniele Liotti with a Fabio mane of hair), a womanizing cad whose wandering eye transforms the naive virgin into a tempestuously jealous wife. Aranda matches Pedro Almodóvar in the arena of self-destructive love, obsessive passion, sweaty cinematic sex, and deliriously melodramatic spectacle. If this portrait of Joan as a volatile package of emotional nitroglycerin borders on melodramatic cliché, López de Ayala gives her a fiery, full-blooded passion and Aranda mounts her romantic obsession in an unhinged, undeniably lusty costume drama. --Sean Axmaker

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walking The Fine Line Between Love And Obsession December 10, 2005
Note: Castillian Spanish with English and French subtitles.

Based on historical accounts, director Vincent Aranda has created a lavish, sumptuous film set in 16th century Flandes, Spain. Princess Juana de Castilla (Pilar Lopez de Ayala) as come to fulfill her aristocratic obligation in an arranged marriage with Archduke Felipe of Austria (Daniele Liotti).

What begins as a great romance quickly degenerates into a very sad and depressing tale of infidelity on the part of Felipe and obsessive compulsive paranoia displayed by the frantic Juana. Juana's obsession with her husbands affairs escalate behaviors that are soon the main subject of gossip for the aristocracy and the labeling of the desperate Juana as "Joan the Mad."

When Juana's Mother and older brothers' die unexpectedly she now becomes heir to the throne of Spain. Will she reign as Queen, or will Felipe succeed in having her proclaimed mad by the Spanish court and put away?

Fine performances all around by this all Spanish cast, especially by the two main characters; Pilar Lopez de Ayala and Daniele Liotti. Also in a small but memorable role is the seductive beauty Manuela Arcuri as the Moorish princess Aixa-Beatriz.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Drama March 10, 2004
RECOMMENDED for anyone who enjoys a well-directed, historical film. Aranda fills this film with accurate details and with an interesting contemporary and feminist twist. His interest in forlorn love is at its best here, utilizing one of the lesser-known, but significant personages (among those in the U.S.,) as a tour-de-force vehicle into the narrow-minded, fickle, and antiquated Spanish 15-th century concept of women.
Though Aranda is notorious for explicit sexual portrayals, the ones in this film are not excessive nor senseless. Everything seems to have its place, and is quite believeable. FIVE STARS!!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Incrediable Gem February 19, 2003
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I rented this film with two friends on a whim, for lack of anything better looking at Blockbuster. As soon as the opening shot panned out we were hooked. The plot was stunning, the costumes rich and beautiful. The cinematography was excellent and the cast could not be beat. This was not a movie where sex was thrown in to hook some otherwise uninterested viewers, it was necessary to the plot and was handled appropriatly. Enough steam was in the sex to display the passion but it was tasteful and honest and the characteres remained themselves in the sack. Overall this movie was gorgeous and stunning, and it isn't often I tell all my friends about how great a film was. I've told everyone about Mad Love since I saw it a week ago.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mad Lovechild November 3, 2003
A costume drama masquerading as an art-house sexual intrigue, MAD LOVE is far more about the trials of the human heart than it is about the temptations of the human flesh.
Queen Isabella of Spain arranges the marriage of her daughter, Joan, to Philip -- a romance novel covermodel complete with the long hair and bulging biceps if there ever was one -- a wealthy nobleman. Sexually awakened by Philip's hunger, Joan finds emotional contentment in loving her husband, bearing his children, and birthing heirs to her inevitable kingdom. However, after Philip's wandering eye is discovered, Joan edges further and further into acts of desperation to prove that the love she so long believed in was more than a facade.
Wonderfully photographed and evenly paced, LOVE moves briskly toward its inevitably grim climax, one perhaps not tidy enough for viewers all too sensitived to filmdom's increasing fascination with "alternate endings" and "living happily ever after." Arguably, fiction would've postulated a far more dramatic resolution to such an expansive tale of betrayal, but history teaches that perhaps the facts of the matter -- that perhaps the queen never finds happiness and that, perhaps, there are no answers in death -- are still the best representation.
As the ever slipping into obsession Queen Joan, Pilar Lopez De Ayala is a remarkable discovery. She tiptoes deftly between every notch on the emotional scale -- ecstacy, frenzy, compulsion, bitterness -- with accomplished ease.
However, the film's packaging and advertising would lead one to the conclusion that MAD LOVE is a bodice ripper of Academy Award proportions, and this is entirely misleading. While the film does boast several sexual encounters, they are -- with one notable exception -- relatively brief.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but sad September 28, 2004
Personally, I think it's terribly unfortunate that Juana of Castile has been reduced to being either brainless or insane. Considering who her parents were, she must surely have had a highly complex up-bringing (as did, apparently, her mother before her). It wasn't as if she was just Juana Smith from down the block.
To my mind, something early on set the stage for her extreme behaviour later on. Her love for Philip looked idealistic, the type that seems to grow in very solitary people. And the way she locked onto him had IMO more to do with her desperate loneliness than anything else.
Now I might have thought otherwise if Philip had shown any redeeming characteristics - but he didn't. There was no reason whatsoever for him to be the life-long object of his wife's adoration. Of course, Juana's problems were immensely complicated by Flemish disdain for Spanish ways and by the political power-plays against her.
Anyway, Juana's suffering was brilliantly conveyed by Pilar Lopez de Ayala. Her feelings were so realistically reflected in her facial expressions that I felt quite sympathetic. Juana wasn't weak though. Pilar showed her to be willful, determined and very aware of her 'station'. And she was certainly loved by her people.
"Mad Love" truly is visually beautiful and affecting. It has a very Bronte-esque look and feel to it, which drew me in right away. I must admit though that the subject matter made me uncomfortable.
It does seem to jump over time periods and exclude obvious characters, but I think it's meant to be Juana's recollection of her feelings from 47 years earlier.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Video quality is really bad. delivery was fast and sellers service but...
Video quality is really bad. delivery was fast and sellers service but the movie itself has a very bad quality.
Published 11 days ago by martha sanchez
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money
This is a BAD movie. It is anticlimactic, has a weak plot and shallow characters. If interested in this period people should watch Isabel the series from Spain, at least it... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Xena's View
5.0 out of 5 stars JUANA THE BIPOLAR
I had no problem with this movie being in Spanish with English captions. I LOVE history and the sound of the Spanish language. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Christine R. Williams
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Published 8 months ago by Crazyjoey
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM
Great film, great drama and phenomenal acting by the lead actress. A must-see and totally worth the time and analysis.
Published 8 months ago by Wondering Heights
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful Quality !
The picture quality was awful , You would think paying that much to rent a movie it would be better !
Published 10 months ago by tamtam
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story
It is hard to believe that this girl was the daughter of Queen Isabella. I felt that Juana was framed and abused as she was.
Published 15 months ago by Russell Swiss
1.0 out of 5 stars I cannnot see the faces or details it is too dark
I would like a refund. I cannot see anything. The picture is so dark that I cannot make out their facial expressions nor details.
Published 15 months ago by Nathan and Janell Eckhardt
3.0 out of 5 stars review
the film is good - I use it among others to practice spanish ... and as a gift for a friend
Published 17 months ago by Else Marie Johansen
4.0 out of 5 stars Mad Love
It is an awesome movie that depicts the life of Queen Juana La Loca. It shows that she really wasn't mad. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Manuel Garza Jr
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