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Spanish Directors - Carlos Saura

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Goya in Bordeaux
Carlos Saura
Realizing one of his dream projects, director Carlos Saura (Carmen, Blood Wedding) salutes the brilliant painter Francisco de Goya with this feature that visually reflects the artist's own style. Francisco Rabal plays Goya, who, on his deathbed, looks back upon his life and shares his memories with his daughter. "Rarely do the artistic mix of exquisite technique and deep passion come together so forcefully, so beautifully..." (Michael Thomson, BBC Online). Appropriately enough, the film won four of Spain's Goya Awards, including Best Actor (Rabal) and Best Cinematography (Vittorio Storaro). The DVD is letterboxed, closed-captioned, and includes theatrical trailers, optional French and Spanish subtitles. Spanish with English subtitles. Spain/Italy, 1999, 105 mins.
DVD | $44.95  


Spanish Directors - Carlos Saura


Carlos Saura's Flamenco Trilogy
Carlos Saura
Only available in North America as pricey imports until now, Criterion assembles in one reasonable set this thrilling trilogy of famed stage productions as interpreted in flamenco by Spanish auteur Carlos Saura. The three films star legendary dancer and choreographer Antonio Gades in a mix of exhilarating cinematography, fiery music, and "some of the most remarkable dancing ever captured by a camera" (Film Society of Lincoln Center). Set includes Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre, 1981, 71 mins.), a flamenco ballet version of Federico Garcia Lorca's dramatic classic, Carmen (1983, 101 mins.), a brilliant, joyful mounting of Bizet's opera as well as an Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Film, and El Amor Brujo (1986, 103 mins.), which was inspired by Manuel de Falla's musical piece about two ill-fated lovers. In Spanish with optional English subtitles. Spain, 1981-1986, 275 mins.
DVD | $65  

Antonieta
Carlos Saura
Set in the early 20th century and contemporary France, this brooding drama stars Isabelle Adjani as Antonieta Rivas Mercado, the famed Mexican writer who died inside Paris' Notre Dame in 1931. Intrigued by the story of her death, a Parisian novelist (Hanna Schygulla) sets out to learn why the talented writer chose to commit suicide at the legendary cathedral. Director Carlos Saura cuts between past and present in an engrossing and mysterious dramatic film reminiscent of The Hours. In Spanish WITHOUT English subtitles. Spain/France/Mexico 1982 108 mins.
DVD | $37.95  

Deprisa, Deprisa
Carlos Saura
Starring non-professional actors from the slums of Madrid, this fast-paced look at juvenile delinquency presents an urban wasteland where drugs and fast cars remain the ultimate achievement. In this gritty tale, three young crooks team up with a sharp-shooter waitress who also has an affair with one of the gang. When a robbery turns deadly, their plans for easy money spiral into disaster. Best Film, Berlin Film Festival. Spain, 1981, 99 mins.
Videocassette | $44.95  

Flamenco
Carlos Saura
Filmed in an abandoned railway station in Seville, this thrilling dance film captures 300 performers in a sensuous celebration of movement and music. An essential companion piece to director Carlos Saura's other dance-themed films (Blood Wedding, Carmen, El Amor Brujo), this one manages to be equally dramatic without the aid of plot or character. Saura again shows his gift for framing bodies in motion, aided by the lush cinematography of Vittorio Storaro. The DVD is letterboxed, and includes optional English subtitles, the original theatrical trailer, flamenco fact files and more. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1995, 100 mins.
DVD | $44.95  

Goya in Bordeaux
Carlos Saura
Realizing one of his dream projects, director Carlos Saura (Carmen, Blood Wedding) salutes the brilliant painter Francisco de Goya with this feature that visually reflects the artist's own style. Francisco Rabal plays Goya, who, on his deathbed, looks back upon his life and shares his memories with his daughter. "Rarely do the artistic mix of exquisite technique and deep passion come together so forcefully, so beautifully..." (Michael Thomson, BBC Online). Appropriately enough, the film won four of Spain's Goya Awards, including Best Actor (Rabal) and Best Cinematography (Vittorio Storaro). The DVD is letterboxed, closed-captioned, and includes theatrical trailers, optional French and Spanish subtitles. Spanish with English subtitles. Spain/Italy, 1999, 105 mins.
DVD | $44.95  

La Caza (The Hunt)
Carlos Saura
Made under the repressive regime of Franco's Spain, this brilliant allegory deals with four men rabbit-hunting in the country outside Madrid. As the day passes, the sun gets hotter and petty jealousies spark memories and guilt about the Spanish Civil War. The day ends in violence and a shocking climax as the men's seething anger and hatreds are stripped bare. In Spanish with no subtitles. Spain, 1965, 87 mins.
DVD | $44.95  

Peppermint Frappe
Carlos Saura
Carlos Saura's first commercial success in Spain is this eerie story, surging with sexual desire and Catholic repression, of a bachelor obsessed with his friend's wife. Julian, a respected doctor devoted to the Catholic Church, and Pablo, a free spirit caught up in the modern ways quickly engulfing traditional Spain, are distinct opposites. When Julian meets Pablo's bride, Elena, he imagines that she is the mysterious woman he had seen beating a drum at a Holy Week ritual, then attempts to transform his nurse Ana into a second Elena. With Julian Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez and Geraldine Chaplin in dual roles. Winner, Best Direction, Berlin Film Festival. Spanish with English subtitles. Includes original theatrical trailer. Spain, 1967, 92 mins.
Videocassette | $44.95  

Tango
Carlos Saura
More than any other contemporary director, Carlos Saura (Carmen, Flamenco) has made the dance film his domain. Here again he demonstrates his masterful ability to capture the beauty of choreography, in a partially autobiographical narrative about a filmmaker trying to create the ultimate tango movie. Vittorio Storaro won deserved honors at Cannes for his dazzling cinematography and Lalo Schifrin contributes a thrilling musical score. "…one of the most purely joyful pieces of cinema in years" (Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain/Argentina, 1998, 115 mins.
DVD | $44.95