Dulcinea (1962)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - Italy, Spain  |  
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Wearing the veneer of a play on the legendary love of Don Quixote's life Dulcinea, this drama by Vicente Escrivá carries some subtle criticisms of the Catholic Church as well. During the 16th-century, the time of Cervantes, Don Quixote's sidekick, the faithful Sancho Panza (Folco Lulli), comes into the local tavern bearing a forlorn good-bye letter from Quixote to the love he never knew, Dulcinea. The barmaid Aldonza (Millie Perkins) is so moved by the altruistic passion of the letter that she rushes to the bedside of the dying Don Quixote and swears to him that she is his Dulcinea. Inspired by his idealism, she dedicates herself to working for the disenfranchised and the sick -- until the Church accuses her of being a witch.

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arrest, barmaid, bum, burn, burned-at-the-stake, deathbed-wish, dishonesty, help, identity, justice, legend [fable], masquerade, myth, passion, problems, Spain, witch