BOLIVAR EPIC TV SERIES
MOST AMBITIOUS SERIES IN THE HISTORY OF COLOMBIAN TV
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BOLIVAR is a Colombian Spanish language telenovela following the life of Venezuelan liberator Simón Bolívar. The series stars Luis Gerónimo Abreu as Bolívar as an adult, José Ramón Barreto as Bolívar as a young man, Irene Esser as Bolívar's wife María Teresa del Toro, and Shany Nadan as his lover Manuela Sáenz. Maximiliano Gómez stars as Bolívar as a child. It was released on Netflix worldwide back in 2019, followed by its debut in Colombia on Caracol Televisión.
The show is made up of 60 episodes that document the events of Bolívar's life from the age of seven until his death, primarily focusing on his
formation as the liberator of several South American countries and his romantic engagements. However, the cast and crew also describe the show as
an attempt to remove the veil of heroism covering the man and re-humanize him.
|Bolivar is streaming over at Netflix|
|The series has stunning 60 hourlong episodes!|
|The series was a huge hit over in Colombia|
THE STORY OF BOLIVAR BEGINS
with Simón Bolívar as a soldier rousing his comrades who have grown weary in the fight for independence, before flashing back to his wedding day in Spain and again to his childhood. A young Simón enjoys all the luxuries of a criollo life until his mother, then grandfather, die, leaving his future in the hands of a maternal uncle who wants to take the Bolívar fortune as his own. Simón, an
active child, finds it hard to respond to traditional tutelage and is put under the care of a rebel, watching as the Spanish crown punishes dissenters. As he grows into young adulthood, he initially joins the military, but finds more
success as a statesman, and travels to Spain to both further his education and seek the title afforded his name.
Arriving in Spain, two of his wayward uncles have managed to make waves in society and introduce Simón to a suitable tutor who is well regarded by the crown. It is under his care that Simón meets María Teresa del Toro whom he intends to woo; unfortunately, an entitled Spaniard also wishes to pursue her, and tries to dirty Bolívar's name in the process. Through his charm and wit, Bolívar comes through his time in Spain a more well regarded man and returns to Venezuela; he is without the title he was after, but with María Teresa as his bride.
María Teresa immediately takes to helping at the
haciendas and humanizing the workers and slaves; she is also infinitely loyal to Simón, and purchases back his beloved house slave Matea. In the meantime, a new royal judge is appointed to Venezuela, who is friendly with María Teresa and subsequently to the Bolívar family. Simón's eldest sister,
María Antonia, begins falling for him after asking for a loan, at the same time as María Teresa begins falling ill from an insect bite that she has not been exposed to in Spain. When she dies, Simón vows he will live in her spirit and never marry again. In Ecuador, a young Manuela Sáenz gets into trouble at her
Simón travels to Paris to drown his sorrows; here, he is reunited with his favorite teacher and his friend Fernando del Toro, cousin of the deceased María Teresa. In Venezuela, María Antonia and the judge begin an affair, from which she becomes pregnant, and their greedy uncle dies destitute. Simón is
encouraged to start living rather than drinking and sleeping around by his reunited companions, and ultimately enrages Napoleon's son-in-law enough to have himself firmly barred from the city; he returns to Venezuela to meet with the Caracas junta trying to govern Venezuela and propose a movement to
independence. In Quito, Manuela begins to behave in order to be let out of the convent, succeeding and witnessing the 2 August uprising; her father feels she sympathizes with the cause too strongly and sends her to live with a maternal uncle, a priest, not knowing that he craves revolution, too.
|Luis Geronimo Abreau stars as Bolivar in the series|
|Bolivar aired on Caracol TV in Colombia|
|The series is rich in extremely opulent costumes and sets|
|Large part of the series focuses on Bolivar's marriage|
|Three different actors play Bolivar in different stages of his life|
|The series was created and written by Joana Uribe|
|The filming lasted more than half a year in three different countries|