Tag Archives: Spanish

Fernando Birri – El siglo del viento AKA Century of the Wind (1999)

Synopsis
The book EL SIGLO DEL VIENTO, the third part of a trilogy about the history of Latin America, is not a traditional historical work. The Uruguayan writer and journalist Eduardo Galeano (1940) was even exiled for a long time to prevent his headstrong and critical style from becoming too famous. His style, which combines dry facts about the exploitation, the oppression and the violence in South America with individual anecdotes and literary creativity, is preserved in the documentary that Fernando Birri adapted from the book. In ‘chapters‘, each dealing with a certain period in the history of this century, an image is created of a continent that is constantly afflicted by setbacks and misery. Read More »

Fernando Birri – Los Inundados aka Flooded Out (1961)

From Allmovie:
Government bureaucracy and ineptitude, as well as social foibles, get a drubbing in this socio-political satire by director Fernando Birri. Everything starts when the families in a poor, mud-hut neighborhood lose what little they own in a bad flood. In steps the militia to rescue them, and then the local government comes next as the politicos hope to gain points by relocating the group of unfortunates. Nothing goes right for the essentially honest, simple villagers who are now the dispossessed. One family seeks temporary shelter in a boxcar and ends up being attached to a train that then takes them on an interesting journey. Meanwhile, no one seems able to help them out and when the hubbub has died down, the families are not much different than when the flood first washed them out. Director Fernando Birri was particularly interested in Neorealism and would eventually move to Cuba. Read More »

Juan Antonio Bardem – Muerte de un ciclista AKA Death of a Cyclist (1955)

Synopsis:
A couple traveling through the countryside strike a man on a bicycle. When they get out of their car to examine him, they find that he is injured but not dead. But instead of helping the man, Juan (Alberto Closas) and Maria Jose (Lucia Bosé) do the unthinkable. They flee – rather than reveal that they have been carrying on a long-term affair.

When they return to Madrid, the couple pay a terrible price for their deception. Guilt begins to gnaw away at them, especially at Juan, who is also experiencing conflict with his young students over an ethical issue at the university where he teaches… Read More »

Vicente Aranda – La novia ensangrentada AKA The Blood Spattered Bride (1972)

Synopsis:
‘La novia ensangrentada, or The Blood Spattered Bride as it’s more commonly known amongst English speaking audiences, starts as a man & his newlywed wife Susan move into his large ancestral home that come complete with servants. At first things seem perfect but it’s not long before Susan starts to see a mysterious woman in her dreams who seems to leave a dagger for her on her bed one night, a dagger that keeps turning up no matter how hard her husband tries to get rid of it. While doing some detective work Susan discovers that the woman in her dreams resembles one of her husbands ancestors, Mircalla Karnstein. Meanwhile her husband has found a naked woman named Carmilla buried on a beach so he decides to take her home, as you would. Straight away Susan notices that Carmilla looks exactly like the woman in her dreams, now her dreams are about to turn into nightmares…’
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George Melford & Enrique Tovar Ávalos – Drácula AKA Spanish Dracula (1931)

Synopsis:
Englishman Renfield (Dwight Frye) visits Count Dracula (Carlos Villarías) in Transylvania and falls victim to his vampire brides. Dracula travels to London, arriving hidden in three crates of his native earth. While Renfield languishes in a sanitarium, raving about blood and obsessed with eating insects, Dracula dons evening wear and infiltrates the opera crowd, vampirizing Lucia (Carmen Guerrero) and menacing the beautiful Eva (Lupita Tovar). Only the wise Professor Van Helsing (Eduardo Arozamena) can read the telltale clues that spell the truth: Dracula is a vampire, an undead ghoul who preys upon the living. Read More »

Eloy de la Iglesia – Nadie oyó gritar AKA No One Heard the Scream (1973)

“No One Heard the Scream” is another terrific Spanish horror film from the troubled director Eloy de la Iglesia. The film stars two of his strongest performers, Carmen Sevilla (from de la Iglesia’s “The Glass Ceiling”) and Vincente Parra (from de la Iglesia’s “Cannibal Man”), and so with these two tried-and-true leads it is hard for this film to fail. While it is not as overtly frightening as the other two aforementioned films, “No One Heard the Scream” definitely has its moments. Sevilla plays a professional mistress who bids farewell to her older lover when she meets the handsome man next door (Parra); unfortunately for Sevilla, Parra has just murdered his wife. Read More »

Miguel Coyula – Nadie (2017)

The History of the Cuban Revolution through the personal experiences of writer Rafael Alcides, a once well known poet who became Nobody. Read More »