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Outdated gender roles meet the 21st century in THE ACADEMY OF MUSES. Raffaele Pinto, a middle-aged professor, teaches Italian poetry to a class of young women. His goal is to revive the the ideal of the muse – that women may inspire men to write great poetry. Or is he just trying to sleep with his pretty students? As the semester proceeds, several of them are attracted by his charm and wit, whereas his wife sees right through his high-flying theories.

The film starts out as a documentary, bombarding us with references to Dante and classical literature. But pretty soon it turns into a romantic comedy of sorts, beautifully shot and with razor-sharp dialogue, where men and women try to satisfy their desire for knowledge and romance. THE ACADEMY OF MUSES is full of surprises – including a trip to Sicily for a fascinating demonstration of Sicilian shepherd songs. 

Orginal title: 
LA ACADEMIA DE LAS MUSAS / L’ACCADEMIA DELLE MUSE
Director: 
José Luis Guerín
Screenplay: 
José Luis Guerín
Photography: 
José Luis Guerín
Actors: 
Raffaele Pinto, Emanuela Forgetta, Rose Delor Muns, Mireia Iniesta, Patricia Gil, Carolina Llacher
Run time: 
1 hour 32 min
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Spain
Producer: 
José Luis Guerín, Nuria Esquerra, Federico Delpero Bejar
Sales: 
Los Films de Orfeo
Age rating: 
15
Director info: 

José Luis Guerín (b. 1960) is a Spanish director from Barcelona. He directed many experimental short films early in his career, and became known outside Spain for his episode in the omnibus film CITY LIFE (1988). He won the Spanish national Goya Award for his documentary IN CONSTRUCTION in 2001.