Spanish Films/Themes by Title
|Title||Call ID #
|A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings||VSP 322
||Fernando Birri: Spanish (English subtitles) 90 mins. 1988. Magical realism and comic confusion blend in a startling film about visions and expectations. Amid the debris of a Columbian cyclone lands an old man with enormous wings, whose seemingly miraculous anatomy attracts the curious and devout from around the world. Silent and disheveled, this fantastic 'creature' is housed in a chicken coop as his host and the onlookers wait for the heavenly message- which turns out to be a very mixed blessing. Original story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez who also co-wrote the screenplay.
|Aguirre: The Wrath of God||VGE 301
||Werner Herzog: German (English subtitles) 94 mins. 1973. In the mid-1500's, a large Spanish expedition searching for the mythical lost city of Eldorado detached an advance party to explore a tributary of the Amazon; They never returned. Werner Herzog expanded this obscure historical incident into a spectacularly horrifying chronicle of imperialism gone amok. Klaus Kinski delivers a magnificent performance as Don Lope de Aguirre, a power-driven lunatic who dreams of stealing an entire continent.
|All About My Mother||DVSP 801
||Pedro Almodovar. Spanish (English and French subtitles) 102 mins. 1999. Donated by Prof. Cecile Insdorf, Dept. of Romance Languages, May 2000. Internationally acclaimed writer/director Pedro Almodovar delivers his finest film yet, a poignant masterpiece of unconditional love, survival and redemption. Manuela is the perfect mother. A hard-working nurse, she's built a comfortable life for herself and her teenage son, an aspiring writer. But when tragedy strikes and her beloved child is killed in a car accident, her world crumbles. The heartbroken woman learns her son's final wish was to know of his father - the man she abandoned when she was pregnant 18 years earlier. Returning to Barcelona in search of him, Manuela overcomes her grief and becomes caregiver to a colorful extended family: a pregnant nun, a transvestite prostitute, and two troubled actresses. With riveting performances, unforgettable characters and creative plot twists, this touching screwball melodrama is 'An absolute stunner. A funny, touching and vital film marks a career peak for Almodovar!' - Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE
|Alsino and the Condor||VSP 300
||Miguel Littin: Spanish (English subtitles) 89 mins. 1986. Set in present day Central America, 'Alsino and the Condor' is the first fictional feature ever made in Nicaragua. It has been widely acclaimed for its honest depiction of the clash between Central American governments and Sandinista rebels. It is the story of a boy's dream of flying above the madness of the world around him. It is about his fantasies, his courage, and above all, it is about the human spirit soaring to freedom.
|Amores Perros||DVSP 807
||Alejandro González Iñárritu. Spanish (English & French subtitles) 153 mins. 2000.
Three lives become inextricably linked in the wake of a terrible car crash: a young punk stumbles into the sinister underground world of dog fighting; an injured supermodel's pooch disappears into the apartment's floorboards; and an ex-radical turned hit man rescues a gun-shot Rotweiler. Discover why Amores Perrosis the best reviewed film of the year.
|And The Earth Did Not Swallow Him
||Severo Perez: English 99 mins. 1994. This is a haunting and powerful film about a young Mexican-America boy's coming of age amid the poverty and adversity he and his family face as migrant farm workers in the 1950s. Twelve -year-old Marcos hides under a house, recalling the fragmented, painful memories of his family's transient life the year before. A series of moving and simultaneously disturbing episodes unfold into a poignant story of inner-strength and human values vs. blind faith. After seen innocent workers die in the fields, his family nearly killed by heat exhaustion, and the atrocities committed by the couple in whose care he is entrusted, Marcos has little faith left in the superstitions which rule his family's life-and is willing to make a deal with the devil to change his destiny.
||Carlos Saura: Spanish (English subtitles) 105 mins.1991. In Spain,1938, the country is torn apart by Civil War between the Republicans and Franco's fascist forces. Carmela and Paulino are Republicans and traveling entertainers who innocently make a wrong turn one night and end up prisoners of the Fascists. They are about to be executed along with a town full of Republican prisoners, when they are discovered by a young theatre-loving Lieutenant. He persuades the army to let them stage a show to entertain the troops, and Paulino agrees in order to save his and Carmela's life, but she is unaware of his betrayal.
|Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (The)||VENG 348
||Moctesuma Esperanza. English. 105 mins. 1983. It is 1901, and two Texas cultures -the Anglo and the Mexican- live side by side in a state of tension and fear. On June 12 Gregorio Cortez (Edward Olmos), a young Mexican family man shoots and kills a sheriff in self-defense. For the next 11 days, he eludes an inflamed posse of 600 Texas Rangers in a 450 mile chase across Texas. His manhunt captures the nation's interest, and his eventual trial is tainted by the extreme emotions of the country. To some Cortez becomes an instant folk-hero; to most others, however, he is considered a very dangerous criminal. It takes 12 years to learn the truth. Donated by Prof. Alicia Ramos; Dept. of Romance Languages.
|Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman||VSP 347
||Berman & Tardan. Spanish (English subtitles) 100 mins. 1995. A funny and thoughtful look at the changing nature of gender roles, Entre Pancho Villa y una Mujer Desnuda (Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman) follows a couple with amusingly different ideas about what makes for a healthy, intimate relationship. Concerned that the years are passing her by, Gina looks for a commitment from her longtime boyfriend Adrian. Angered by his refusal to marry, and fed up with his sexist attitudes, she takes a younger and more sensitive man as her lover. Adrian, however, will not surrender his woman or his antiquated ways of thinking. Channeling the spirit of Pancho Villa himself, he tries to fully embrace his machismo and win back the passion of Gina. Entre Pancho Villa y una Mujer Desnuda is a bright, intelligent romantic comedy , with sparkling performances from Diana Bracho as Gina, Arturo Rios as Adrian, and Jesús Ochoa, who won Mexico's Silver Ariel for Best Supporting Actor for his winning performance as the ghost of Pancho Villa.
|Bitter Sugar||VSP 342
||Leon Ichaso Spanish (English subtitles) 102 mins. 1996. Donated by Prof. Cecile Insdorf, Dept. of Romance Languages, May 2000. A visceral, energizing look at contemporary Cuba, BITTER SUGAR is an impassioned love story set against the political and economic tensions of Havana. Gustavo, an idealistic youth Communist with a glorified vision of Castro's regime, falls in love with Yolanda, a disenchanted dancer who longs to escape to Miami. However, Gustavo learns that love alone cannot sustain them in a city about to erupt and slowly awakens to the devastation around him. His rebellious musician brother injects himself with the AIDS virus in civil protest; his father realizes that he will earn more money as a barroom pianist in a tourist hotel than as a doctor. Filled with an intoxicating Latin beat and rapid camera movements, director Leon Ischaso (El Super, Sugar Hill, Miami Vice) weaves a blazing tale of romantic and political passions amid the ruins of the Cuban Revolution.
|Black River||VSP 332
||Atahualpa Lichy: Spanish (English subtitles) 116 mins. 1990. Atahualpa Lichy's remarkable Black River bursts onto the screen with all the splendor and majesty of the far reaches of the Venezuelan Amazon, where absolute power corrupts absolutely. The year is 1912, and a new governor and his ambitious wife (Angela Molina) successfully confront the brutal local chief. However, the cruel and decadent era they usher in is one of gambling, prostitution and economic exploitation. Frank Ramirez plays the head of security who grabs control, only to initiate a regime of austerity and restriction as madness buries good intentions. The landscape is pure Garcia Marquez, and the stakes are high as the Spanish begin to exploit and rule the inner coastal regions of the river.
|Blood Wedding||VSP 303
||Carlos Saura: Spanish (English subtitles) 71 mins. 1981. A flamenco ballet version of Federico Garcia Lorca's classic, from the director of Carmen. The climax of this dramatic story is a duel to the death between the bridegroom and the bride's former lover. Featuring choreographer Antonio Gades, former director of the National Ballet of Spain. Music by Emilio de Diego.
|Boquitas Pintadas / Painted Lips
||Torre Nilsson: Spanish ( English subtitles) 120 min. 1974. Lies, double personalities, and the evil pettiness of life in a small town converge in Leopoldo Torre Nilsson's brilliant adaptation of a novel by Manuel Puig. Nene, a married woman with two children, receives news that her childhood sweetheart, Juan Carlos, has died. She gradually pieces together a complex mosaic of his life. What emerges is a brilliant, acid-sharp portrait of a man driven by fear into a life of self-deception.
|Buena Vista Social Club||DVSP 802
||Wenders. Spanish (English subtitles) 105 mins. 1999. "The Buena Vista Social Club," guitarist Ry Cooder's celebrated album featuring the recently rediscovered talents of Cuba's foremost folk musicians, sold millions of copies and earned an Grammy award. Now, Cooder teams up with acclaimed director Wim Wenders to reveal the astonishing life stories, vibrant personalities, and unforgettable music of the brilliantly talented but long overlooked performers, who collaborated on this now legendary recording period. From the crumbling barrios of their native Havana, to their triumphant, sold out concerts in Amsterdam and New York City's Carnegie Hall, it's an unforgettable, deeply emotional journey into the passion, pride and humanity of the artist whose music sparked a world wide musical phenomenon!
||José Luis Cuerda. Spanish (English subtitles) 94 mins.
Acclaimed by critics and featuring legendary star Fernando Fernán Gómez (All About My Mother), Butterfly is a heartwarming tale about a young boy growing up in a small Spanish town. Moncho is timid and fearful as he starts school for the first time. But with the nurturing guidance of his kind and devoted teacher, Don Gregorio (Fernán Gómez), a world of possibilities begins to open up for young Moncho. As the school year comes to a close, however, civil war begins sweeping across the county, forcing the boy's family and community to choose between the fight for freedom and the threat of persecution! An amazing story of family and friendship during a time of extreme conflict- you're sure to enjoy this magical motion picture!
|Cabeza de Vaca||VSP 326
||Nicolas Echevarria. Spanish (English subtitles) 110 mins. 1993. In 1528, a Spanish expedition founders off the coast of Florida-600 lives lost. One survivor, Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, roams across the American continent searching for his Spanish comrades. Instead he discovers the Iguase, an ancient Indian tribe. Over the next eight years, Cabeza de Vaca learns their mystical and mysterious culture, becoming a healer-and a leader. But soon this new world collides with the old world as Spanish conquistadors seek to enslave the Indians, and Cabeza de Vaca must confront his own people and his past.
||Maria Luisa Bemberg: Spanish (English subtitles) 105 mins. 1984. A young Catholic socialite from Buenos Aires falls in love and runs away with a young Jesuit Priest. The two find temporary happiness in a small provincial village, but eventually they are recognized and ultimately condemned to death without a trial.
||Carlos Saura: Spanish (English subtitles) 115 mins. 1977. A beautifully acted haunting film-Ana, played by Ana Torrent, is the nine year old heroine who has an uncanny talent for observing scenes not meant for her eyes. Carlos Saura fashions a film about the darker side of childhood, about superstition, knowledge and loss of innocence.
|Crime of Padre Amaro (The) / El Crimen del Padre Amaro
||Carlos Carrera. Spanish (English, French subtitles) 119 mins. 2003.
A recently ordained priest (Bernal) is sent to help an aging priest run a small parish church in rural Mexico. Upon arriving at his new post, he meets a beautiful young woman with a religious passion that borders on obsession.
Quickly, her passion for faith becomes helplessly entangled in a growing attraction to the new priest. But when the handsome priest crosses the line that separates temptation from sin, he finds himself torn between the divine and the carnal, the righteous and the unjust.
||Maria Novaro: Spanish (English subtitles) 103 mins. 1991. This sensual,exuberant work by the gifted Mexican director Maria Novaro tells the story of Julia (Maria Rojo), a 40-year old telephone operator and single mother whose emotional life consists of ballroom dancing. When her dancing partner disappears, Julia undertakes a grueling odyssey to locate him. Her search takes her on an extraordinary inner voyage.
|Demons in the Garden||VSP 344
||Manuel Gutierrez Aragon's Spanish (English subtitles) 100 mins. In post-Civil War Spain, a family achieves economic success in the black market while currying favor with the regime. The younger son goes off to Madrid to serve Franco, deserting a pregnant cousin who's treated as a servant by his ambitious mother. (He's also the lover of his brother's bride.) The child grows up spoiled and manipulative, as all three women vie for influence over him.
|Don Quijote de la Mancha||VSP 341
||(CERVANTES) Rafael Gil. Spanish. 2hours 15 mins. B&W. 1947. Alonso Quijano, enloquecido por la lectura de caballeria, abandona su aldea en busca de aventuras. Se hace armar caballero en una venta que el cree ser castillo. Tras el encuentro con unos mercaderes, regresa apaleado. Segunda salida en compañia de Sancho Panza, que le sirve de escudero. Aventura de los molinos de viento, del vizcaino y de los rebaños; manteamiento de Sancho; yelmo de Mambrino, y unos galeotes que pagan con pedradas su libertad. Sierra Morena, la venta y a su casa encerrado en una jaula tirada por bueyes. Tercera salida. El Bachiller Sanson Carrasco le anima a ello. Marcha al Toboso, donde Sancho inventa el encantamiento de Dulcinea. Parten amo y criado para Barcelona, donde Sanson Carrasco, bajo al aspecto de Caballero de la Blanca Luna, le desafia y le vence, obligandole a retornar a su aldea. Llega Don Quijote enfermo, Dios le devuelve la razón y tiene una cristiana muerte, renegando de la locura a que le llevaron los libros de caballeria.
|Don Segundo Sombra||VSP 343
||Ricardo Guiraldes. Spanish (English subtitles) 110 mins. Based on the novel of the same name, Don Segundo Sombra narrates the story of Fabio Caceres as he grows into adulthood. Don Segundo Sombra, an old 'gaucho', is his mentor and model: he teaches him moral and human values through his behavior, his stories and his example. Considered the foremost example of 'gaucho' literature in prose, Don Segundo Sombra is Ricardo Guiraldes (1926) major novel.
|El Burlador Sevilla
||Tirso de Molina. Spanish. 2 hours. 1988. A superb production of Tirso's most famous work, the play that introduced the theme of Don Juan into European literature. An RTVE production.
|El Norte (The North)||VSP 348
||Gregory Nava. Spanish (English subtitles) 141 mins. 1984. Beginning in the remote mountain jungles of Guatemala, awash with the lushness of colors of the nature and the rainbow colors of the Mayans, this highly-acclaimed drama about a brother and sister seeking a better life centers on two young Indians. When their father is killed by government soldiers and their mother taken away, they set out for the "promised land" to the north-El Norte. It is a perilous journey fraught with dangers. Tijuana is a dismal shantytown inhabited by many people who are ready to cheat and kill for their meager possessions. To cross the U.S. border, they must brave a treacherous rat-infested sewage tunnel. And when they finally reach Los Angeles their trials are not over yet, for they are "illegals" sub-merged in an alien culture. A stunningly photographed, powerfully acted, moving story, EL NORTE is a deft blend of drama and dream imagery hailed as "an enormously special film, a work of great sophistication that.. has the truth, the magic of a piece of folk art." A master VHS donated by CUNY Council. Spring 2003.
||Ruy Guerra: Spanish (English subtitles) 103 mins. 1983. Based on a section of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 'One Hundred Years of Solitude', Erendira is an erotic black comedy laden with sexual fantasy, surreal pranks and political allegory. Erendira is a teenage girl exploited as a sexual slave by her greedy grandmother.
|The Exterminating Angel||VSP 334
||Luis Bunuel Spanish (English subtitles) 93 mins. 1962. The invited guests at an elegant dinner party find they are unable to leave at the end of the evening-a mysterious force compels them to stay....and stay....and stay. After several days the veneer of civility wears thin. Hunger and thirst set in and the distinguished 'guests' rip open walls to get at water pipes, build fires using the host's furniture and dine on sheep which have inexplicably wandered into their strange prison.
|The Fable of the Beautiful Pigeon Fancier||VSP 319
||Ruy Guerra: Spanish (English subtitles) 73 mins. 1988. Based on a fragment from his novel 'Love in the Time of Cholera', The Fable of the Beautiful Pigeon Fancier was conceived and co-written by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Re-teaming Garcia Marquez with director Ruy Guerra (who began his career as an actor, starring in Werner Herzog's masterpiece 'Aguirre'), with whom he'd collaborated on the earlier Erendira, the fable tells the story of Orestes, a wealthy factory owner who falls madly in love with a married pigeon breeder.
|The Flower of My Secret||VSP 336
||Pedro Almodovar. Spanish (English Subtitles) 107 mins. 1996. Leo writes romance novels - but with a loveless marriage, she finds herself fresh out of inspiration. Angel is a tough and gruff journalist with an iron will and a heart of gold. When their paths happen to cross, they discover something neither had expected - a real-life love affair!
||Paul Leduc. English 108 Mins. Filmaker Paul Leduc has created a new form of artistic biography, a film that matches the famous description of Frida Kahlo and her art: "a bomb disguised as a butterfly." Fusing politics, painting and passion as daringly as Frida did in both art and life, Leduc mixes poetic invention with revealing fact to provide dramatic and cinematic insight into his subject beyond the capacity of criticism or documentary.
|Fuenteovejuna Part 1||VSP 338 A
||Lope de Vega Spanish (Parts 1 & 2) 2hrs 22mins. 1993. The greatest Spanish work of the Siglo de Oro is here presented as a feature film that painstakingly and lovingly re-creates the medieval world of Lope's play. Spain's greatest actors are cast in this joyous production. An RTVE production.
|Fuenteovejuna Part 2
||VSP 338 B
||Lope de Vega Spanish (Parts 1 & 2) 2hrs 22mins. 1993. The greatest Spanish work of the Siglo de Oro is here presented as a feature film that painstakingly and lovingly re-creates the medieval world of Lope's play. Spain's greatest actors are cast in this joyous production. An RTVE production.
|Funny Dirty Little War||VSP 312
||Hector Olivera: Spanish (English subtitles) 80 mins. 1983. An important film from Hector Olivera, the story is a parable of events in Peronist Argentina. The film is a comedy about rightist Peronists who plot to oust the leftist mayor of the town. But the mayor refuses to budge, and 'a funny dirty little war' ensues. Federico Luppi is brilliant as the mayor.
|The Grandfather||DVSP 803
||Nickel Odeon. Spanish (English subtitles) 146 mins. 1998. Nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film, The Grandfather is a deeply compelling tale of love, honor and secrecy! When news of his son's death returns proud, old Count Albrit home to Spain after years abroad, he's pleased to meet his charming young granddaughters. But he also carries the burden of a newly discovered family secret: one of the girls is not his son's daughter... and therefore not his true heir! Starring original cast members from the Oscar -winning Spanish film sensation All About My Mother -you'll be inescapably drawn into this powerful story as the determined Count sets out to discover which granddaughter is worthy of his love and name!
|The Green Wall||VSP 316
||Armando Robles Godoy: Spanish (English subtitles) 110 mins. 1970. A breakthrough film from South America, The Green Wall is based on Armando Robles Godoy's own experiences of homesteading in the Peruvian jungle.
|I, The Worst of All||VSP 324
||Maria Luisa Bemberg: Spanish (English subtitles) 107 mins. Assumpta Serna stars as the brilliant and beautiful poet Sister Juana Ines de la Cruz in this magnificent portrayal of 17th Century Mexico. In order to pursue her love of writing, Juana enters the convent and gains international renown. When the Inquisition comes, the local Vicereine (Dominique Sanda) becomes Juana's protectress and erotic muse, and soon begins a thrilling romance of startling passion and intensity.
|Il Postino||DVIT 805
||Michael Radford Italian (English subtitles) 108 mins. 1995. Cheered by critics and audiences everywhere, Il Postino-The Postman is the record-breaking Academy Award-winning romantic comedy that delivers heartfelt laughs! Mario is a bumbling mailman who's madly in love with the most beautiful woman in town...and who's too shy to tell her how he feels. But when a world-famous poet - Pablo Neruda - unexpectedly moves into town, Mario is inspired. With Neruda's help, he finds the right words to win the woman's heart. This unforgettably funny comedy proves that passion...with some artful deception... can win the most improbable love!
|Il Postino (The Postman)||VIT 342
||Michael Radford: Italian (English subtitles) 108 mins. 1995. Cheered by critics and audiences, everywhere, II Postino-The Postman is the record-breaking, Academy Award-winning romantic comedy that delivers heartfelt laughs! Mario is a bumbling mailman who's madly in love with the most beautiful woman in town... and who's too shy to tell her how he feels. But when a world-famous poet - Pablo Neruda-unexpectedly moves into town, Mario is inspired. With Neruda's help, he finds the right words to win the woman's heart! This unforgettably funny comedy proves that passion ... with some artful deception...can win the most improbable love!
|Johnny 100 Pesos||VSP 333
||Gustavo Graef-Marino: Spanish (English Subtitles) 95 Mins. 1993. Based on a true story that enthralled an entire country. Johnny 100 Pesos is an explosive thriller that tells the story of a misguided teenager who commits his first armed robbery with four small-time criminals. Their surefire plan immediately goes wrong and escalates into a hostage situation. In true tabloid style, the standoff with the police turns into a media circus when the local press gets wind of the situation forcing the whole country to become involved and turning Johnny into a reluctant celebrity.
|Julio Y Su Angel||VSP 337
||Jorge Cervera. Spanish (English subtitles) 98 mins. 1996. Julio and his Angel is the tender story of an orphan child, looking for his guardian angel. Julio finds his Angel after living through some new, bitter and surprising experiences. It's a magical movie from Mexico, with its folklorist music from Veracruz. This movie has a positive message for the whole family. Julio y su Angel es la tierna historia de un niño huerfano que va en busca de su Angel de la Guarda y lo encuentra... Sienta con el pequeno Julio y los demas niños huerfanos el rigor de la vida en el orfanatorio y del bruto, Pablo, que los obliga a trabajar en la tortillería de la señora Zapata.... Escape con Julio donde al regresar a su pueblo se une a una pandilla de niños de la calle... Inspírese con su fe en Dios, quien le manda su Angel de la Guarda. Vea la magia de la noche tormentosa, cuando aparece su Angel en la forma de un viejo cascarrabias mexicano... Comience con ellos la encantadora aventura de sus de sus vidas... Explore la cueva escondida de Angel... Recorra las praderas y bosques del paraiso tropical donde Angel le enseña a Julio los valores de la vida, el trabajo, la familia y la amistad... Festeje con la gente del pueblo de Coatepec la Celebracion del Dia de los Muertos y saboree el delicioso Mole en la Fiesta tipica organizada por el padre Cristobal... Julio y su Angel tiene como fondo musical la música folklórica de Veracruz y y es una película mágica que le dejara un mensaje positivo que toda la familia disfrutara.
||Pedro Almodovar: Spanish (English subtitles) 109 mins.1994. Kika is a make-up artist who lives with her lover, Ramon, a photographer specializing in women's lingerie. Kika and Ramon have a maid, Juanita, who is madly in love with Kika. Kika has a best friend, Amparo, a hairdresser who betrays her every chance she gets. Kika has also an enemy, Andrea Scarface, host of a tabloid reality show that broadcasts in 'fierce exclusivity' images of the most hair-raising events. So far so good, but enter Nicholas (Peter Coyote), Ramon's step-father, who likes to seduce Kika from time to time, and Pablo, Juanita's brother, an ex-porno star who has just escaped from jail, and things start to get a little strange in the outrageously sexy world of Kika.
|La Ciudad y Los Perros||VSP 317
||Francisco J. Lombardi: Spanish (English subtitles) 135 mins. 1985. Four angry cadets, who have formed an inner circle in an attempt to beat the system and ward off the boredom and stifling confinement of the military academy, set off a chain of events that starts with a theft and leads to murder and suicide. First published in 1962, 'La Ciudad Y Los Perros' (The Time of the Hero)was written by the Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, who has become a leading author of Latin-American literature. The same year the book won the Biblioteca Breve Prize, an award given to the best work of fiction in the Spanish language.
|La Plaza Del Diamante||VSP 323
||Francesc Betriu: Spanish (English subtitles) 112 mins. 1981. A family's life is shattered by the tragic reality of a civil war. Two characters with opposite temperaments, brought together by a passionate love, learn to know and respect each other through years of facing the many problems of married life. She, docile and sensitive, becomes aware of the challenges of being a woman. He, domineering, yet childish, will need the cruel experience of a war to mature. A moving love story told through the hidden strengths of small domestic details from a nostalgic and powerful point of view.
|La Tigra||VSP 309
||Camilia Luzuriaga: Spanish (English subtitles) 80 mins. 1990. Based on the novella by Jose de la Cuadra, this Ecuadorian feature looks at female identity through the eyes of Latin American machismo culture. The Tigress is the myth of woman: beautiful, sexual, powerful and revered. This film may be the best visual equivalent of literary 'magical realism' ever filmed and was awarded The Best Film Prize at the 1990 Cartagena Film Festival.
|La Vida es Sueño||VSP 339
||Calderon de la Barca. Spanish. 74mins. B&W. 1994. The Spanish classic, performed in the classic Spanish style - beautifully spoken and clear to the ear. With Julio Nunez as Segismundo and a first-rate supporting cast. An RTVE production.
|The Lady and the Duke||DVFR 809
||Erick Rohmer. French (English and Spanish subtitles) 129 mins. 2001. The Lady and the Duke is a suspenseful, visually opulent story based on a true story about an unusual friendship during a dangerous time. From highly acclaimed master director Eric Rohmer (Tales of Four Seasons) starring exceptional talents Lucy Russell 9Following) and Jean-Claude Dreyfus (Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children). Beautiful aristocrat Grace Elliott enjoys her comfortable upper-middle class life and warm friendship with her former lover the Duke of Orleans, until the turbulent French Revolution of the 1790s frighteningly begins. Their friendship unravels as Grace risks her life taking a fugitive against the Duke's wishes. Soon, Grace urges the Duke not to make a horrifying decision. But ultimately she's unable to prevent several bloody fates -including the possibility of her own.
|Letters from the Park
||Tomas Gutierrez Alea: Spanish (English subtitles) 85 mins. 1988. Echoing the tale of Cyrano de Bergerac, this film unfolds as two shy young lovers enlist the help of a local poet to write passionate letters to each other. But soon the woman becomes the object of the poet's affection, and are all faced with a perplexing dilemma in this sweet and surprising romance. Letters from the Park vividly brings to the screen the popular story from Garcia Marquez' best selling novel, 'Love in the Time of Cholera'.
|Like Water for Chocolate||VSP 331
||Alfonso Arau: Spanish (English subtitles)105 min.1992. Based on the best-selling book now, experience for yourself the erotic tale of forbidden love that seduced both critics and audiences nation wide! Tita and Pedro are passionately in love. But their love is forbidden by ancient family tradition. To be near Tita, Pedro marries her sister. And Tita, as the family cook, expresses her passion for Pedro through preparing delectable dishes. Now, in Tita's kitchen, ordinary spices become a recipe for passion. Her creations bring on tears of longing, heated desire or chronic pain -while Tita and Pedro wait for the moment to fulfill their most hidden pleasures!
|Like Water for Chocolate Alfonso Arau||DVSP 811
||Spanish (English Subtitles) 105 mins. 1992.
Based on the best-selling book- now, experience for yourself the erotic tale of forbidden love that seduced both critics and audiences nationwide! Tita and Pedro are passionately in love. But their love is forbidden by an ancient family tradition. To be near Tita, Pedro marries her sister. And Tita, as the family cook, expresses her passion for Pedro by preparing delectable dishes. Now, in Tita's kitchen, ordinary spices become a recipe for passion. Her creations bring on tears of longing, heated desire or chronic pain-while Tita and Pedro wait for the moment to fulfill their most hidden pleasures!
|Live Flesh||DVSP 809
||Pedro Almodovar Spanish (English & French Subtitles) 101mins. 1997.
From critically acclaimed, erotically candid writer/director Pedro Almodovar
(Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down; Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) comes a raw, seductive tale "brimming with lust, betrayal and murder" (Rolling Stone). Based on a novel by British mystery writer Ruth Rendell, Live Flesh is "superbly acted, strikingly photographed and just plain terrific" (USA Today).
When naïve lovestruck Victor (Liberto Rabal) attempts to seduce beautiful and wealthy but strung-out junky junkie Elena (Francesca Neri), all he gets for his trouble is a one-way, six-year ticket to prison, where he concentrates on strengthening his mind, his body…and his desire for vengeance on the man that put him there. After his release, Victor crosses paths with Elena, who is as beautiful as ever since she cleaned up her act. Still madly in love with her, victor will stop at nothing to win her over even if it means revenge-- for Elena has married David (Javier Bardem), the cop who sent him to prison!
|Macu, The Policeman's Wife||VSP 346
||Solveig Hoogesteijn Spanish (English subtitles) 90 mins. 1987. Based on a real-life, highly sensationalized murder case, this extremely well-made and compelling film tells the story of Ismael Ramírez, a middle-aged police captain, and his teenage bride, Macu. Much of the story is narrated by Macu in flashbacks. Ismael begins to fancy Macu when she is eight years old. Her mother approves of the relationship, knowing the privileges to be gained from having a member of the police force in the family. When Macu is eleven, the two are married and have two children. Years later, Macu falls in love with Simón, an adolescent her own age. The nineteen-year-old Macu attempts to piece together the fragments of her eight-year marriage. But the final blow comes when she discovers that her husband has killed her lover and "disappeared" two of his friends. The obsessive intensity with which the press, the police, and the neighbors blame Macu for the disappearances only serves to highlight the injustice inherent in a social system that assumes wives are the sexual property of their husbands. Donated by the Romance Language Department, Hunter College.
|Martin Fierro||VSP 345
||Hernandez. Spanish. 60 mins. 1994. This, the Argentine epic, celebrates the free-spirited mestizo cowboy of the pampas, a man of few possessions beyond his pride and his guitar. This RTVE production provides a stunning rendition of the poem, which is both the narrative of one man and the story of a nation and a culture. Donated by the Dept. of Romance Languages -Oct. 2000.
|Memories of Under Development||VSP 321
||Tomas Gutierrez Alea: Spanish (Englishsubtitles) 97 mins. 1968. A breakthrough Cuban film, the first Cuban film to be released in the U.S. Set in the 1960's, the film centers on a Europeanized Cuban intellectual, too idealistic (or lazy) to leave Miami, but decadent to fit into the new Cuban society. The film is remarkable demonstration that artistic subtlety, political commitment, and superior entertainment need not to be incompatible.
|Miracle in Rome||VSP 305
||Lisandro Duque Naranjo: Spanish (English subtitles) 76 mins.1988. Called 'a small miracle by itself' by The New York Times, it tells the story of Margarito Duarte, a man whose seven year old daughter dies suddenly. Upon visiting her grave twelve years later, Margarito finds his daughter's body just as he has left it. His fellow townspeople call it a miracle, but the town bishop wants the girl reburied. Based by an original story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who also co-wrote the screenplay.
|Nueba Yol||VSP 335
||Luisito Marti Spanish (English subtitles) 120 mins. 1995. Nueba Yol documents a hapless immigrant's daily struggles in a strange country, devoid of the comforts of his native customs, language and culture. Es la divertida historia de Balbuena (Luisito Marti), un pobre diablo que dia a dia lucha por sobrevivir en una sociedad que no le ofrece muchas alternativas. Un dia escucho a su amigo Fellito (Raul Carbonell) decir 'llegar a Nueba Yol es como llegar a la gloria...' Fellito convencio a Balbuena de que hipotecara su casita y asi comprar la visa que haria realidad su maspreciado anhelo. LLEGAR A NUEVA YORK. Un inesperado amor toma a Balbuena, por asalto. El aeropuerto Kennedy sirvio de escenario a tan fortuito encuentro. Y como suele verse en las novelas de amor todo sucedio de forma accidental. Balbuena y Nancy (Caridad Ravelo) iniciaron una hermosa historia de amor que mas adelante se interrumpe. Nancy Martinez habia preparado su retirada definitiva a la Republica Dominicana. No paso mucho tiempo para que Balbuena comenzara a ver sus espectativas de una mejor vida derrumbarse ante sus narices.
|The Official Story||DVSP 800
||Fox Lorber Spanish (English subtitles) 110 mins. 1985. The Official Story, details the collapse of an affluent Argentinian family. Alicia, the wife of a successful businessman, faces the ultimate challenge when she begins to suspect that her adopted daughter may have been stolen from a family of 'los desaparecidos'(the disappeared ones). Determined to find out the truth, Alicia risks everything-even at the cost of her own family.
|The Official Story
||Luis Puenzo: Spanish (English subtitles) 112 mins. 1985. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1985, this powerful Argentinean feature is the true story of a comfortable middle-class couple and their adopted daughter. As the film progresses, the couple gradually begins to suspect that their daughter may be one of the many Argentinean children separated from their parents as they are detained and tortured and given away. The wife's journey of self-discovery reveals the horrors of themilitary dictatorship in Argentina.
||Fina Torres. Spanish (English subtitles) 88 mins. (1991). This important historical milestone in Latin American cinema is a gorgeous and lush romance/mystery which flows like a poem with a taut and touching story of remembrance of things past. Marie returns to her aunt Oriane's rundown house in the Venezuelan jungle where she spent summers as a child. The house brings back memories as she sorts through old cupboards and comes upon a special, jewelry box that's filled with pictures, love letters and mementos from her aunt's life. The film dissolves into a flashback about an emotionally turbulent summer that Marie spent at the house when her adolescent sexual curiosity led to a surprising encounter. Oriane earned the Camera d'Or at Cannes, the Grand Prize at the Cartagena Festival, Colombia, the Bronze Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival.
|Portrait of Teresa||VSP 318
||Pastor Vega: Spanish (English subtitles) 103 mins. 1979. One of the key Cuban films shot in a fluid style, the film focuses on the stubborn survival of deeply ingrained traditions of machismo and sexism in post-revolutionary society. Teresa, a housewife, incurs the displeasure of her husband because of her involvement in political and cultural groups. Perhaps the most controversial film to be released in the U.S.
||John Duigan: English 105 min. 1989. Raul Julia gives a compelling performance as the Archbishop of El Salvador, who was murdered for his ability to stir the masses into thoughts of political reform. Oscar Romero was a kind but apolitical churchman until his eyes were opened a he became a powerful voice of the people. With Richard Jorgan, Eddie Velez, Tony Plana, Harrold Hould and Ana Alicia. A riveting historical lesson from Paulist Pictures.
|The Roots||VSP 315
||Benito Alazraki: Spanish (English subtitles) 85 mins. 1958. This compilation of four short stories by Francisco Gonzales produced by Manuel Barbachano (Torero!), won the international film critics awards at Cannes. Includes The Cows, Our Lady, The One-Eyed Boy and The Filly. Movie in Black and White.
|The Spirit of the Beehive
||Victor Erice: Spanish (English subtitles) 95 mins. 1973. A landmark Spanish film by Victor Erice, featuring the remarkable Ana Torrent in the story of two little girls growing up after the Spanish Civil War in the countryside. The hypnotic spellbinding nature of the film is a rare achievement by cinema as Erice evokes a deep poetry of childhood in a portrait of isolation.
|Strawberry & Chocolate||DVSP 810
||Tomas Gutierrez Alea Spanish (English Subtitles) 104 mins.1994.
Robert Redford and Miramax Films proudly present Strawberry and Chocolate, the irresistible comedy treat that's received outstanding critical acclaim! Meet David-a naïve young college kid who's out on his own for the very first time. With the help of two extraordinary new friends, David soon learns everything there is to know about the things that aren't taught in school! Diego is the writer who teaches him about the passion of life and Nancy is the woman who teaches him about the passion of love!
Nominated for the Academy Award as Best Foreign Language film in 1994, Strawberry and Chocolate is a deliciously fun-filled celebration of life at its entertaining best!
|Talk to Her||DVSP 804
||Pedro Almodovar Spanish (English, French subtitles) 114 mins. 2002.
TALK TO HER is the surprising, altogether original and quietly moving story of the spoken and unspoken bonds that unite the lives and loves of two couples.Two men (Benigno and Marco) almost meet while watching a dance performance, but their lives are irrevocably entwined by fate. They meet later at a private clinic where Benigno is the caregiver for Alicia, a beautiful dance student who lies in a coma. Marco is there to visit his girlfriend Lydia, a famous matador also rendered and motionless. As the men wage vigil over the women they love, the story unfolds in flashback and flashforward as the lives of the four are further entwined and their relationships move toward a surprising condusion.
||Luis Bunuel: Spanish ( English subtitles) 98 min.1970. Beautifully photographed in Toledo Spain, the story is splendidly acted by Catherine Deneuve an Fernando Rey. Rey is Don Lope, a liberated but hypocritical aristocrat who seduces his beautiful young ward, Tristana (Deneuve). Given the opportunity she flees with her lover (Franco Nero, Camelot), but illness forces her to return and later, marry Don Lope. The result is a tense union in which Tristana slowly gains the upper hand.
|What Have I Done to Deserve This||VSP 302
||Pedro Almodovar: Spanish (English subtitles) 100 mins. 1985. Carmen Maura stars as a housewife and cleaning woman hooked on no-doz who ends up selling one of her sons to a dentist and killing her husband with a ham bone. 'An absolutely wonderful black comedy... a small masterpiece,' wrote The New York Times.
|Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
||Pedro Almodovar: Spanish (English subtitles) 98 mins. 1988. The latest wacky comedy from Pedro Almodovar once again stars Carmen Maura, his perennial leading lady. She plays a popular Spanish actress driven to distraction when her lover leaves her for another woman. She knows she can talk him out of leaving only if she can talk directly to him and not deal with the answering machine. A comedy of errors ensues that involve a drugged pitcher of gazpacho, Shiite terrorists and a mental patient who left the asylum too soon.
|The Young and the Damned (Los Olvidados)||VSP 320
||Luis Bunuel: Spanish (English subtitles) 81 mins. 1950. A milestone of filmmaking: Bunuel's great film looks at the lives of young people growing up in the slums of Mexico, and particularly at the desperately inevitable process by which an older, more corrupt gang leader, Jacob hounds and destroys the younger, more innocent Pedro, before being destroyed himself.
|Y Tu Mamá También
||Alfonso Cuarón. Spanish (English subtitles) 100 mins. 2001.
Julio and Tenoch are two teens ruled by raging hormones and a mission to consume exotic substances. But one summer, the boys learn more about life than they bargain for when they set off on wild cross-country trip with seductive, 28-year-old Luisa. Both boys taste forbidden fruit as Luisa schools them in the finer points of passion, but will their mutual desire for her destroy their friendship forever?