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The Spanish Gardener

Directed by Philip Leacock
United Kingdom, 1956


Set on the Costa Brava in Spain, a gentle Spanish gardener, Jose, befriends Nicholas, the frail 10-year-old son of the household and in doing so falls foul of the boys father, a failed diplomat tortured by his own marital and career inadequacies.

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The Spanish Gardener Directed by Philip Leacock

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  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film The Spanish Gardener

    Familiar mechanics here: the homosexual subtext favoured so often by Bogarde in his choice of roles, delivered in his mid-period style of pensive, pallid masculinity. It's a missed opportunity: pitched in the wrong format in a period constrained by censorship. Rather than overcoming these strictures, the film timidly cowers within them and rarely offers anything approaching character study despite the talent at hand.

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