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Some Franco-Era Films from Spain
Fury Over Spain (1937)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) DP269 .F87 2006
Chronicles 1936, the first bloody year of the Spanish civil war. Location filming by omnipresent government cameramen helps lend a raw, earthy feel to the desperate, life-and-death struggle against General Francisco Franco's Nationalist insurgents. Distributed as a propaganda film in the United States and England to help garner public and international support for the Republican-coalition forces.
The Will of the People (1939)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) DP269 .W55 2004
A striking account of the Spanish Civil War, made during the last, desperate days of the Republic. Drawn from the Republic's rich film archives, this documentary provides, in its partisan commentary and searing footage, a poignant epitaph to the dashed hopes of the Popular Front.
Raza (1941) Espíritu de una Raza (1950)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S6 R292 2002
Two versions of the same film. In 1940, Francisco Franco wrote a script entitled "Raza". In 1941 the film version was released with government approval but with an anonymous author.
Espoir : Sierra de Teruel (1947)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S6 E86 2003
Filmed in Spain 1938-39. Malraux's dramatization of the Spanish Civil War. Republicans and international volunteers use makeshift weapons to fight Franco's forces in Teruel.
Bienvenido Mister Marshall (1952)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S6 B44 2008
When they hear that their village has been selected to receive aid under the Marshall Plan, the villagers of Villar del Rio prepare to welcome the delegation of visitors by transforming their village overnight.
The Hunt = La Caza (1966)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video PN1995.91.S6 C32 1989
A heavily symbolic study of hatred and rivalry among four hunters, three of whom are Franquist veterans.
Caudillo: The History of the Spanish Civil War (1977)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video DP269 .C28 1991
Tells the story of General Franco's revolt and the ensuing Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 from both the Republican and Falangist points of view. Includes documentary film footage, narrative excerpts from various well-known writers who reported on the war at first hand, and contemporary visits with surviving participants.
Recent Spanish Films
Broken Embraces Los abrazos rotos (2009)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S6 A273 2010
Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie.
Call Number: Hatfield Library Featured DVDs (PN1995.91.S6 B48 2011
Uxbal is a man on the wrong side of the law who struggles to provide for his children on the dangerous streets of Barcelona. As fate encircles him, Uxbal learns to accept the realities of life, whether bright, bad, or biutiful.
Chico & Rita (2010)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.A6 C447 2012
Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas.
Spanish Silent Films
Blancanieves (2012) by
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 B5833 2013
Once upon a time there was a little girl named Carmen, who never knew her mother. She learned the art of her father, a famous bullfighter, but was hated by her evil stepmother. One day she ran away with a troupe of dwarves, and became a legend.
Georges Méliès Encore: New Discoveries (1896-1911).
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 .G366 2010
Segundo de Chomón 1871-1929.
Includes two films in the Méliès style by Segundo de Chomon for Pathé, (Magic Roses. Excursion to the Moon) which for many years were misidentified as Méliès films.
Un chien Andalou (1929)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 C4 2004
Filmed in the subjective language of the unconscious, this early avant-garde film is a surrealist tale of unfulfilled desire, based on an exchange of dreams between Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel.
Some Luis Buñuel Films from the Franco Era
Land without Bread (1932)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) DP302.H86 L364 2008
Buñuel's only documentary film. It portrays the everyday lives of indigent peasants in one of Spain's most desolate regions.
Los Olvidados (1950)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video PN1995.91.S6 O5 1989
Systematically resists conventional solutions to juvenile delinquency and poverty in order to dramatize the need for more radical solutions.
This Strange Passion = El (1952)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video PN1995.91.S6 E5 1989
A psychological study of a man obsessed. Francisco's romantic love and marriage fades as a paranoid obsession with his wife's supposed infidelity causes him to display fits of jealousy and repentance for his unfounded suspicions.
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S6 V57 2006
Novice nun Viridiana does her utmost to maintain her Catholic principles, but her lecherous uncle and a motley assemblage of paupers force her to confront the limits of her idealism.
Pedro Almodovar Films
Pepi, Luci, Bom (1980)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S6 P324 2006
Almodóvar's provocative first feature Pepi, Luci, Bom (1980) is set during Madrid's punk era. The film is an outrageous comedy which follows docile housewife Luci (Eva Silva), her trendy, marijuana smoking neighbour Pepi (Carmen Maura) and rock star Bom (Olvido Gara) who are close friends. Events take a shocking turn when Pepi is raped by a policeman. Pepi vows revenge, and of course her friends are on hand to make sure she gets it.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
Call Number: Hatfield Library Featured DVDs PN1995.91.S6 M9 2001
Comedy film about a woman who has been jilted by the love of her life, her friend who discovers her lover is a Shiite terrorist, and her ex-lover's crazed wife.
Bad Education (2004)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S6 M234 2005
Filmmaker Enrique gets a visit from an aspiring actor claiming to be his old school friend Igancio, who has written a story about their traumatic childhood spent at Catholic school. In the story, a drag performer attempts to blackmail a predatory priest by exposing their scandalous past. When Enrique produces a film based on the story, the villainous priest from their school days arrives to tell his own version of the events.
The Skin I Live In (2011)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S6 P366 2012
Since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has wanted to create a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he cultivates a skin that is a real shield against every assault... But where will they find the human pig?
Spanish Language Films Made in the USA
Dracula (1931) by
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.H6 D73 1999
Spanish language version with Mexican actors made at the same time and on the same set as Bela Lugosi's Dracula. Spanish version is longer and technically superior to Lugosi's film. Stars Carlos Villar and Lupita Tovar.
El Norte (1983) by
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S6 N75 2009
Enrique and Rosa are brother and sister Mayan Indian peasants, living in the mountains of Guatemala. When the village attempts to organize for better treatment, Enrique and Rosa are forced to flee...
El Super (1979) by
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video PN1995.91.S6 S86 1998
The trials of a homesick exiled Cuban who labors as an apartment-house super in Manhattan.
Espaldas Mojadas (1953) by
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S6 E7433 2003
A timeless and poignant tale dramatizing the plight of Mexican migrant workers in the U.S. Rafael, in trouble and in need of work, crosses the border to a new life. (No Subtitles)
Men with Guns (1997) by
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S6 M45 2003
An elderly physician who trains young people to provide health care to the poor people of an agricultural country finds out that many of his former students are being killed by guerillas.
Online Historical Spanish Film Magazines
Issues of a silent film journal from 1926 to 1934 from the Biblioteca Nationale de Espana’s Hemeroteca Digital.
La Reclam cine
Issues of a silent film journal January to May 1926 are available from the Biblioteca Nationale de Espana’s Hemeroteca Digital.
Issues of a silent film journal from 1934 to 1936 from the Biblioteca Nationale de Espana’s Hemeroteca Digital.
Cine-Mundial, the Spanish-language version of Moving Picture World, was published between 1916 and 1948. The magazine documents Hollywood’s growing dominance in Latin American markets in the 1920s and the emergence of national film industries, such as those of Mexico and Argentina after the introduction of sound film.