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The Dancer Upstairs (film)

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The Dancer Upstairs is a 2002 film, in which John Malkovich made his directorial debut with a film adaptation of the book of the same name by Nicholas Shakespeare, starring Javier Bardem.


Detective Agustin Rejas (Bardem) is tracking Ezequiel (Abel Folk), a Marxist-influenced revolutionary, who starts a brutal terrorist campaign against the corrupt -but nevertheless democratic- government of an unnamed Latin American country. Rejas meets Yolanda (Morante)--his daughter's beautiful ballet teacher. But she may not be who she appears to be and his growing attraction to her brings him in direct conflict with his prey.

Historical Basis

The story is inspired by historical events and people, most notably Maoist insurgent leader Abimael Guzman, who was also known by the nom de guerre President Gonzalo. Yolanda, the ballet teacher was inspired by Maritza Garrido Lecca, the woman in whose apartment Guzman was found. Bardem's character was inspired by Benedicto Jimenez and General Antonio Ketin Vidal, the leading figures responsible for Guzman's capture.

External links

Official Site

Nicholas Shakespeare interview

Javier Bardem interview

indieWire profile

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