The love between two gipsies, Juana La Zoronga and Rafael El Taranto, from different families in Barcelona is thwarted by the enmity between their respective parents. Rafael sees Juana dance at a gipsy wedding, and is captivated by her beauty and charm, and they fall in love, aided by their younger siblings who are secretly friends and sympathetic to the young lovers.
Candelas can’t forget her lover, Diego, who died in a fight. Antonio, who loves her, seeks to help get rid of her obsessions. While Candelas dances with passion Diego appears to her. His death is a drill. A fight to death happens between the two men.
Pompeyo and Rodolfo work at the “Heraldo de Madrid”, but they dream of becoming film actors. They go to a casting for an American film that is being shot for a few days in Madrid. After being rejected, as a way to become famous, they decide to fake the murder of one of them in the city’s Puerta del Sol Square. They steal a skeleton, burn it, and make everybody believe that it is the remains of Pompeyo. As part of the plan, Pompeyo goes to Barcelona. The plot thickens when Rodolfo is detained, accused of the murder.
Writer Ramón Gómez de la Serna makes a humorous monologue about the monocle without glass, the noises of the corral and the importance of the hand in the art of oratory.
Roman Emperor Octavian rules the empire from Rome, and his rival Marc Antony has taken Egyptian queen Cleopatra as his lover and seized the eastern empire, ruling it from Alexandria. Octavian intends to regain his empire by landing his army at Alexandria, besieging the city and capturing and executing the pair. However, while Octavian’s army is bigger than Marc Antony’s forces, he and Cleopatra have allies who can come to their aid. Both sides prepare for a final showdown.
José Manuel Alcántara is a playwright of about fifty years. Because of the failure of his last work, or perhaps due to the abandonment of his wife, he decides to leave Madrid and settle in a city on the seashore. There he lives quietly, dedicated to his collaborations in radio and press. But suddenly, the “mistakes of the past” appear again. His son, singer and rock songwriter, appears suddenly, not to settle accounts, but for something bolder. An actress who was in love emerges one day in the theatrical billboards of the city. And her friend Lola will pose problems of compound interest to José Manuel.
The film tells the story of the relationship and friendship of two men who are both very much affected by the cinema: Both of them are writers, one of books the other of screenplays.
Juan and Carmen are a humble marriage from Madrid. She takes care of domestic chores and he works as an electrician in a film studio. Their dreams of wellness come true when the two win a contest sponsored by a soap brand. It is the choice of “the happy couple”: for 24 hours the selected couple receives all kinds of invitations and gifts. But, precisely on the same day, Juan must solve two serious problems that Carmen does not know about.