Cinema: The Brush-Off

El Greco, like nearly every movie biography of a master painter, uses the artist's art in much the way that a schoolgirl uses paper lace to decorate her valentines. On the heart of this large mushy studio card, dripping with De-Luxe color and local color (from stunning location sites in Spain), is the usual message: Be Mine. Mel Ferrer as the young old master says it to Rosanna Schiaffino as the highborn senorita whose family will not allow her to be his. Rosanna ultimately dies in a convent, post partum and penitent, paying dearly for what began as just another...

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