Finding Altamira

Synopsis: Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola y de la Pedrueca, in 1868, accidentally discovered Paleolithic paintings with the help of a hunter named Modesto Cubillas inside Altamira's caves, located in Cantabria, north to Spain. Trying to expose their discovery to the academic world for that they study the paintings, Sautuola crashed against the skepticism and discredit of all experts, who claimed that the caves were false and the paintings made for the own Sautuola, in a effort to get rich. Looking for the truth, Sautuola was the rest of his life fighting to prove that those paintings were real, trying to restore his innocence from the accusations of falsehood launched against him.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Hugh Hudson
Production: Mare Nostrum Productions
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

I hope no one comes.

Ah, don't say that!

I only want to look at you.

The Marquesa did promise...

No, no.

Not this time.

De Los Rios is coming.

You won't argue with him.

The Great Sage of Cantabria, wise

on every subject, informed on none.

Marcelino, please. Stop! Be serious.

Not a word. Unless he says

something very foolish.

Or should I say until? Yes, until.

Gentlemen, it is all ready for you.

Will be just a few more minutes.

Our ancestors lived

more than 10.000 years ago

in what is called the Old Stone Age

or Paleolithic Era.

We don't know the age

of our planet or when mankind...


It has been calculated beyond a doubt

that the Earth is

eighteen million years old.

You can read it in my writings.

Calculated, yes,

beyond a doubt, no,

Seor De Los Rios

There are many who think

it may be a great deal older.

And as to the Origins of Man...

Doesn't the Bible tell us

what to think about Creation,

- Father Tomas?

- Yes, Doa Elena.

God created the World,

but Biblical time

cannot be reckoned like a calendar.

Thank you, Father Tomas.

- Time for some more music?

- Some music.

Everything we learned as children

is out of date.

New discoveries

are being made at such a rate

it's wise to keep an open mind.

An open mind is an empty mind.

And, to quote Plato, "an empty

vessel makes the most noise."

Who makes the most noise here?

Excuse me. What you said?

Dear friends,

I hope you will indulge a mother.

My daughter Maria Justina,

will play Iradier's Habanera

"La Paloma".

I can't bear performing children.

They're worse than trained monkeys.

Can I be sorry for my anger

and still be angry?

No, you can't.

- Then I don't want to confess it.

- That's naughty, Maria.

My dear, how are you?

Hello, Elena.

Take no notice of Seor De Los Rios.

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Olivia Hetreed

Olivia Hetreed is a British screenwriter and editor, and the current president of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain. In 2003, she received a BAFTA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for adapting Tracy Chevalier's best-selling novel Girl with a Pearl Earring into the film of the same name. Hetreed has also been credited as the screenwriter for productions based on the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Emily Brontë, and Caroline Lawrence. As a result, she has been called an "expert in literary adaptations." more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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