El perro del hortelano The Dog in the Manger

El perro del hortelano The Dog in the Manger

About the film

El perro del hortelano is a film based on the theatrical play of the same name by Lope de Vega, one of the most prominent Spanish writers of the Golden Age together with Cervantes, Calderón de la Barca and Francisco de Quevedo, among others. This literary play is marked by the comical approach of its author, who deals with the emotional complications of class conflict with cynicism and humour.

Diana, Duchess of Belflor, is a smart and attractive young lady who is in love with his secretary Teodoro, but he is engaged to Marcela, a lady-in-waiting of the Duchess. Diana, driven by jealousy and envy, tries to separate the two lovers.

“Wonderful adaptation of the literary namesake. Excellent recreation of the time, colorful costumes and high performances. (...) Wastes quality throughout the footage.”

— Fernando Morales, El País

Festival & Awards Winner: Winner of 7 Goya Awards in 1997: Best Director, Best Lead Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyles

Stills from the movie


Free entrance, reservation needed. Introduction by Yolanda Rodríguez Pérez (Associate Professor UvA, expert in literary texts of Golden Age Spain).
14 January
OBA Oosterdok 


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