Spanish and Portuguese Cinema












Spanish Cinema
Portuguese Cinema
SEE ALSO:Brazilian Cinema

War Films (for listing of movies about the Spanish Civil War
Spanish History and Culture; Spanish/Latin American Literature
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Bibliography of articles and books about Spanish cinema
Bibliography of articles and books on Luis Buñuel
Bibliography of articles and books on Pedro Almodóvar


UC Berkeley student writing on the films of Luis Buñuel (Film 51)

Spanish Cinema

Los abrazos rotos (Broken Embraces) (Spain, 2009)
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Penélope Cruz, Lluis Homar, Blanca Portillo, José Luis Gómez, Rubén Ochandiano, Tamar Novas,Ángela Molina. Fourteen years ago, he had two names: Harry Caine, the pseudonym he used for his literary works, and Mateo Blanco, his real name which he used to direct films. But that was before the accident when he lost his sight and his beloved Lena. Now he goes by Harry Caine. If he can't direct films, he can only survive with the idea that Mateo Blanco died on Lanzarote with his Lena. When he is given the chance to tell his story, he can't refuse. Special features: Deleted scenes; Pedro directs Penélope; Variety Q&A with Penélope Cruz; "The cannibalistic councillor" a short film by Pedro Almodóvar; On the red carpet: the New York film festival closing night.127 min. DVD X2715
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Awards
Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics' Choice Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Abre los ojos (Open Your Eyes) (Spain / France / Italy, 1997)
Director, Alejandro Amenábar. Cast: Penelope Cruz, Chete Lera, Fele Martinez, Eduardo Noriega, Najwa Nimri. In this steamy, intriguingly complex, psychological thriller the line between reality and fantasy is hopelessly blurred. Cesar tries to make sense of his life after a car crash leaves his once-handsome face grotesquely disfigured. After he is placed into a psychiatric penitentiary for a murder he doesn't remember committing, Cesar's only hope is to delve into the depths of his subconscious mind where the answer to ending his living nightmare lies in his dreams. 117 min. DVD X1076; vhs 999:3507
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Adorables Mentiras (Spain / Cuba, 1992)
Director, Gerardo Chijona. Cast: Isabel Santos, Luis Alberto Garcia, Mirtha Ibarra, Thais Valdes. Explores the encounter of a promising screenwriter and a woman who fantasizes about becoming the star of his next film. As the two pursue their affair, they enter into a fantasy film that in the end will never be made. In Spanish, no subtitles. 108 min. vhs 999:3037
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Los aires difíciles(2006)
Directed by Gerardo Herrero. Cast: José Luis García-Pérez, Cuca Escribano, Carme Elías, Pilar Castro, Roberto Enríquez, Andrés Gertrúdix, Alberto Jiménez. Juan Olmedo is a brooding 40-year-old doctor who has left Madrid for a new job in Cádiz, taking with him his niece, his mentally disabled brother and memories of a painful past marked by deceit, betrayal and family trauma. When the mysterious and menacing Nicanor appears, threatening the fragile stability of the existence Juan has carved out for himself and his family, he is obliged to confront the series of events that led to his brother Damián's mysterious death. Based on the novel by Almudena Grandes. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 110 min. DVD X3639
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Alatriste (Spain, 2006)
Directed by Augustín Díaz. Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Elena Anaya, Unax Ugalde, Eduard Fernández, Enrico Lo Verso, Eduardo Noriega, Ariadna Gil, Juan Echanove, Javier Cámara, Antonio Dechent. Viggo Mortensen plays the Spanish soldier-turned-mercenary Captain Alatriste, a heroic figure from the country's 17th century imperial wars. Based on the novels Aventuras del capitán Alatriste by Arturo Perez-Reverte. 145 min. DVD X1476
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Alas de Mariposa (Butterfly Wings) (1991)
Directed by Juanma Bajo Ulloa. Cast: Silvia Munt, Fernando Valverde, Susana Garcia, Laura Vaquero. Carmen, hoping for a boy to carry on her husband's name, becomes pregnant but guilt and fear keep her from breaking the news to her shy and sensitive six-year-old daughter. The birth of the new baby however soon triggers a series of nightmarish events. 105 min. vhs 999:2862; vhs 999:3558 is in Spanish with no subtitles
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La aldea maldita (1942)
Directed by Florián Rey. Cast: Florencia Becquer, Julio Rey de las Heras, Pablo Hidalgo. In this unforgettable depiction of Castilian rural life, Juan leaves his impoverished village seeking a better life elsewhere, leaving behind his wife, who departs to the city. Many years later they both return to the village. In Catalan without English subtitles. PAL format. 62 min. DVD 8646
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La Alegría de la Huerta (1965)
Cast: Victor Martin, Soledad Arjona, Victor Martinez, Pepe Ruiz, Tito Garcia, David Muro, Mario Valdivielso. A Spanish operetta which presents a complicated love story with many pitfalls and intrigues. Videocassette release of the film originally presented on Spanish television. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 67 min. vhs 999:1774

Alma Gitana (1996)
Directed by Chus Gutiérrez. Cast: Pedro Alonso, Amara Carmona, Peret, Rafael Alvarez, Loles Leon. A young man who wants to become a professional dancer falls in love with a gypsy girl but comes to realize how much he conflicts with her completely different cultural background. Based on the novel "El Bailaor" by Timo Lozano. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 97 min. vhs 999:1785
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Los Amantes del Círculo Polar (Lovers of the Arctic Circle) (Spain / France, 1998)
Directed by Julio Medem. Cast: Najwa Nimri, Fele Martinez, Nancho Novo, Maru Valdivielso. Ana and Otto come to live under the same roof when Ana's mother and Otto's father marry. As the two grow older, they begin to discover an attraction for each other. But when destiny tears the family apart their journey comes to an abrupt halt, until years later, they meet again with one last chance to be reunited before the passion cools forever. 108 min. DVD 8641; vhs 999:2888
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El amor brujo (1986)
Directed by Carlos Saura. Cast: Antonio Gades, Cristina Hoyos, Juan Antonio Jimenez, Laura del Sol, Emma Penella. A modern take on composer Manuel de Falla's gypsy ballet, dressed up in pink sunsets and hellishly red fires. Set in a dusty Andalusian village, El amor brujo (Love the Magician) is a seductive melodrama of a man whose beloved is haunted by the ghost of another. 103 min. DVD 9170
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El Año de las Luces (1986)
Directed by Fernando Trueba. Cast: Jorge Sanz, Maribel Verdu, Manuel Alexandre, Rafaela Aparicio, Jose Sazatornil, Santiago Ramos. The story of Manolo who ends up in a tuberculosis sanatorium that is designed for younger children. Manolo's problem is that he is experiencing the first stirrings of sexual desire. His first overture to one of the nurses meets with rejection, but he really asks for trouble when he falls for another pretty nurse and she herself becomes attracted to him. In Spanish without subtitles. 115 min. vhs 999:3544
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Perriam, Chris. "Jorge Sanz: El Galán Sumiso. Problematising Masculinities in Mainstream Cinema in Spain." Forum for Modern Language Studies; Jan2001, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p26-37, 12p UC users only

La Ardilla Roja (The Red Squirrel) (1993)
Directed by Julio Medem. Cast: Emma Suarez, Nancho Novo, Maria Barranco, Karra Elejalde, Carmelo Gomez. Jota, a troubled former pop star is the sole witness to the crash of a motorcycle ridden by a young woman. After learning of the woman's amnesia Jota pretends to be her lover, naming her Lisa and creating a fictitious life for her. Then the two take a vacation to the Red Squirrel campsite. But there may be more to Lisa than meets the eye... 104 min. vhs 999:2923
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Aro Tolbukhin. En la mente del asesino (Aro Tolbukhin in the Mind of a Killer) (Spain | Mexico, 2002)
Directed by Isaac-Pierre Racin, Agustí Villaronga, Lydia Zimmermann. Aro Tolbukhin is a Hungarian inmigrant that sets fire to seven people in an infirmary in Guatemala. The movie looks back at his life to see what made him do it, from his arrival in Guatemala to his childhood in Hungary. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 98 min. vhs 999:3919
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¡Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) (1990)
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Victoria Abril, Antonio Banderas, Loles Leon, Francisco Rabal. Comedy in which an orphaned mental patient kidnaps a porn star in an irrationally inspired bid for love. 105 min. DVD 501; vhs 999:1504
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¡Ay, Carmela! (Spain / Italy, 1989)
Directed by Carlos Saura. Cast: Carmen Maura, Andres Pajares, Gabino Diego, Maurizio de Razza, Jose Sancho, Mario de Candia, Miguel Angel Rellan, Edward Zentara. Carmela and her two companions are travelling performers entertaining the Republican troops during the Spanish Civil War. They decide to seek their fortune elsewhere, but mistakenly fall in with the Nationalist forces, who arrest and imprison them, but give them a chance to perform for their freedom. 105 min. vhs 999:2651 (subtitles); vhs 999:3532 (in Spanish)
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Bajo las estrellas (2007)
Directed by Felix Viscarret. Cast: Alberto San Juan, Emma Suarez, Violeta Rodriguez, Julian Villagran. Benito, a drunken Madrid transient, is obliged to return to his hometown at the behest of his benevolent brother Lalo, where he discovers that his sibling is engaged to a singe mother with a troubled history. At first Benito vows to torpedo the wedding plans by any means possible, but a remarkable friendship with the bride-to-be's borderline autistic child soon leads the meddling drunk to reconsider his stance on the marriage. Based on the novel by Fernando Aramburu. 101 min. DVD 9833
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La Barberillo de Lavapies (1996)
In this Spanish operetta Lamparilla, a dashing barber and his sweetheart, Paloma, become embroiled in a plot against Grimaldi, minister to Carlos III of Spain. In Spanish without titles. PAL format tape. 95 min. vhs 999:1784

Barrio (Spain, 1998)
Directed by Fernando León de Aranoa. Cast: Crispulo Cabezas, Timy, Eloi Yebra, Marieta Orozco, Alicia Sanchez, Enrique Villen, Francisco Algora, Chete Lera. Three adolescent boys struggle with growing up in modern urban Madrid. Caught in the concrete jungle, 15-year-old friends Rai, Manu, and Javi pass the summer dreaming of girls and sandy beaches. Javi is surprised by his friends' sexual interest in his sister Susi. Not having a vehicle, Manu struggles to keep his pizza delivery job. Rai decides to enter a contest for an exotic vacation, but wins a jet ski instead. This is immediately stolen before he manages to profit by selling it. Manu and his father lie about Manu's absent junkie brother, while Javi's mother gets a court restraint to deal with Javi's violent father. 94 min. DVD X71
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Belle Époque (Spain / Portugal / France, 1992)
Directed by Fernando Trueba. Cast: Penelope Cruz, Miriam Diaz-Aroca, Gabino Diego, Fernando Fernan Gomez, Michel Galabru, Ariadna Gil, Agustin Gonzalez, Chus Lamprave, Mary Carmen Ramirez, Jorge Sanz, Maribel Verdu. Fernando, a handsome, young Spanish Civil War deserter who befriends a free-thinking artist, finds himself in a romantic dilemma when the artist's four beautiful daughters return to their country home. Which woman should he romance? Based on a story by Rafael Azcona, Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez and Fernando Trueba. 109 min. DVD X914; vhs 999:1726
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Awards
Academy Award - Foreign Language Film
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film

Archibald, David "No Laughing Matter: Comedy and the Spanish Civil War in Cinema." In: Historical comedy on screen: subverting history with humour / edited by Hannu Salmi. Bristol [England] ; Chicago : Intellect, 2011. (Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only))
Colmeiro, Jose F. "Recent Spanish Cinema in National and Global Contexts." "Paradise found? Ana/chronic nostalgia in "Belle Époque.". Film-Historia, 1997, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p131-140, 10p
D'Lugo, Marvin. "Recent Spanish Cinema in National and Global Contexts." Post Script, Winter/Spring2002, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p3-101, 10p UC users only
Deveny, Thomas. "Carnivalesque Humor in Fernando Trueba's Belle époque." In: Selected proceedings of the First International Conference on Hispanic Humor / editor, Paul W. Seave International Conference on Hispanic Humor (1st : Philadelphia, Pa.) Potomac, Md. : Scripta Humanistica, [1997?] UC users only Also (Main (Gardner) Stacks PQ6152 .I6 1997)
D'Lugo, Marvin. "Recent Spanish Cinema in National and Global Contexts Post Script," Winter/Spring2002, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p3-101, 10p UC users only
Gasta, Chad M. "(De)constructing and (Re)negotiating Identities: (Re)dressing for Carnival in Fernanco Trueba's Belle Époque (1992)." Hispania; Mar2004, Vol. 87 Issue 1, p177-184, 8p UC users only
Jordan, Barry. "Promiscuity, Pleasure, and Girl Power: Fernando Trueba's Belle Epoque (1992)." In: Spanish cinema : the auteurist tradition / edited by Peter William Evans. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1999. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.S7 S635 1999)
Jordan, Barry. "Refiguring the Past in the Post-Franco Fiction Film: Fernando Trueba's Belle Époque. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, vol. 76, no. 1, pp. 139-56, Jan 1999 UC users only
Perriam, Chris. "Jorge Sanz: El Galán Sumiso. Problematising Masculinities in Mainstream Cinema in Spain." Forum for Modern Language Studies; Jan2001, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p26-37, 12p UC users only

Beltenebros (Spain / Netherlands, 1991)
Directed by Pilar Miró. Cast: Terence Stamp, Patsy Kensit, José Luis Gomez. One night in the winter of 1962, Captain Darman remembers events of the Spanish Civil War. Days before in England he had been charged with a secret mission, to fly to Madrid and execute a traitor who had infiltrated the Communist Party's clandestine apparatus. But Darman remembers a similar order 16 years before. 110 min. DVD 8610; DVD 3317 (In Spanish without subtitles); also VHS (PAL) vhs 999:3560
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Millán, Juan Antonio Pérez. "Women Are Also the Future: Women Directors in Recent Spanish Cinema." Cineaste, Winter2003, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p50-55, 6p UC users only

Las Bicicletas Son Para el Verano (Bicycles Are for the Summer) (1983)
Directed by Jaime Chávarri. Cast: Amparo Soler Leal, Agustin Gonzalez, Victoria Abril. A dramatization of the day-to-day experiences of a lower middle class family in Madrid during the Civil War, 1936. In Spanish without English subtitles. PAL format. 109 min. vhs 999:1804
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Bienvenido Mister Marshall (1953)
Directed by Luis G. Berlanga. Cast: Lolita Sevilla, Manolo Moran, Jose Isbert, y la voz de Fernando Rey. The inhabitants of tiny Villar del Rio hear that they have been selected for aid under the Marshall Plan. The promise of great wealth transforms the village overnight. 103 min. PAL format. vhs 999:1771
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Blood Cinema
(CD-ROM/Mac). CD-ROM reviews the breadth of Spanish films and culture over the last 60 years. Includes excerpts from 15 films, with detailed analytical commentaries and hundreds of illustrations--including movie stills, publicity photos, paintings, drawings, and maps. Compu/D 316

Boca a Boca (Mouth to Mouth) (1995)
Directed by Manuel Gómez Pereira. Cast: Javier Bardem, Josep Maria Flotats, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, María Barranco.Comedy about a down and out actor who gets a job with an erotic telephone service where the woman he falls in love with turns out to be the wife of his best client. PAL format. In Spanish without English subtitles. 110 min. DVD X5658; vhs 999:1789
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Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding) (1981)
Directed by Carlos Saura. Cast: Antonio Gades, Cristina Hoyos, Marisól, Carmen Villena, Juan Antonio, Pilár Cardenas. Flamenco interpretation of the classic drama by Federico García Lorca. THe National Ballet of Spain is first shown arriving at the dance studio, making up and rehearsing, dramatizing the technique by which they transform themselves into a unified dance company. The story of murderous passion and revenge is told entirely through dance without dialogue. A young bride runs off from her wedding with a married lover. Her jilted husband tracks them down and fights a knife duel to the death. Based on the play by Federico García Lorca (XMAC.H893.B56 Grad Svcs; PQ6613.Ga763 .B62 1939a (translations) Main Stack; PQ6613.A763 B61 1966 Main Stack (other editions available). 71 min. DVD 9168; vhs 999:652
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El Bola (Pellet; Bullet) (2000)
Directed by Achero Mañas. Cast: Juan José Balleta, Publo Galan, Alberto Jimenez, Manuel Moron, Ana Wagener. A 12-year-old boy raised in a violent and unforgiving environment, meets a new classmate and learns a new definition of friendship and the discovery of a family where communication and love prevail over domination and violence. 88 min. DVD 6320
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Butterfly (Butterfly Tongues)(Lengua de las mariposas) (1vhs 999)
Directed by José Luis Cuerda. Cast: Fernando Fernan-Gomez, Manuel Lozano, Uxia Blanco, Gonzalo Uriarte. A shy young boy is brought out of his cocoon by a wise teacher who shows him the wonder of the natural world around him, amidst the growing tensions and chaos of the Spanish Civil War in Galicia. 94 min. DVD 1418
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Bwana (1988)
Directed by Imanol Uribe. Cast: Andres Pajares, Maria Barranco, Emilio Buale, Alejandro Martinez, Andrea Granero, Miguel del Arco. A taxi driver and his family picnic on a lonely beach where they meet Ombasi, an African newly arrived in Spain in search of his fortune. They spend a pleasant night talking but the morning brings a terrible surprise: the arrival of a group of neonazis.Based on the theatrical work by Ignacio del Moral,"La Mirada del Hombre Sscuro." PAL format. In Spanish without titles. 82 min. vhs 999:1788
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Santaolalla, Isabel. "The Representation of Ethnicity and 'Race' in Contemporary Spanish Cinema." Cineaste. Winter 2003. Vol. 29, Iss. 1; p. 44 UC users only

El Calentito (2005)
Directed by Chus Gutiérrez. Cast: Veronica Sanchez, Macarena Gomez, Juan Sanz, Ruth Diaz, Nuria Gonzalez. Sara gets involved in a political revolution in Spain when she joins an all-female, lesbian rock band at the underground Calentito nightclub. 89 min. DVD 8141
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El camino de los ingleses (Summer Rain) (2006)
Director, Antonio Banderas. Cast: Lucio Romero, Juan Diego, Alberto Amarilla, Maria Ruiz, Raul Arevalo. A group of Spanish friends on vacation at the end of the 1970s get their first experiences with love, lust and obsession. 118 min. DVD 8630
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Carmen (1983)
Director, Carlos Saura. Cast: Antonio Gades, Laura Del Sol, Paco De Lucía, Cristina Hoyos, Juan Antonio Jimenez, Sebastian Moreno, Jose Yepes. A director-choreographer's search for a fiery, passionate Carmen takes him to flamenco dance schools where he eventually discovers his leading lady in an untried young dancer. As time goes on, they find themselves living the"Carmen" story of love and treachery. 93 min. DVD 9169; also DVD 2179
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Carmen (Spain | UK | Italy, 2003)
Directed by Vicente Aranda. Cast: Paz Vega, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Jay Benedict, Antonio Dechent, Joan Crosas, Joe MacKay, Josep Linuesa, William Armstrong, Julio Velez, Emilio Linder, Miguel A. Valcarcel. During a trip to Spain, French writer Prosper Mérimée witnesses a fascinating story. Carmen has the nature of a free and enigmatic person. Her beauty inspires his characters and passion. Sergeant Jose becomes a victim and hero of extraordinary events, and has a turbulent love affair with Carmen. With each new lover Carmen takes, Jose becomes more jealous and steps toward a life of crime. After killing the latest lover, he tries to get away and start a new life. Jose's passionate words to Carmen fall on deaf ears. With every episode of love a small death, how can Jose retain Carmen's love? Based on the original novel by Prosper Merimee. 119 min. DVD X6174
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Carne Trémula (Live Flesh) (1997)
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Javier Bardem, Francesca Neri, Liberto Rabal, Angela Molina, José Sancho, Pilar Bardem, Penelope Cruz. The lives of five people are intertwined by romance, friendship and rivalry. Victor has fallen for a woman, Elena but she wants nothing to do with Victor and calls the cops when he shows up at her apartment. The two cops that show up are David and Sancho. Sancho is a chronic, abusive drunk and believes his wife, Clara may be having an affair with his partner, David. 101 min. DVD 1591
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La casa de Bernarda Alba (House of Bernarda Alba) (1987)
Directed by Mario Camus. Cast: Irene Gutiérrez Caba, Ana Belen, Florinda Chico, Enriqueta Carballeira, Victoria Pena, Aurora Pastor. After her husband's death, Bernarda Alba forces her five daughters into eight years of strict mourning. The appearance of Pepe El Romano, a man who wishes to marry the eldest daughter, Angustias, unleashes a series of events which culminate in a tragic denouement. Based on the play of the same title by Federico García Lorca. 103 min. DVD 3476
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La Caza (1965)
Director, Carlos Saura. Cast: Ismael Merlo, Alfredo Mayo, Jose Maria Prada, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba. A heavily symbolic study of hatred and rivalry among four hunters, three of whom are Franquist veterans. They go to shoot rabbits in an area near Madrid where some of the heaviest battles of the Civil War were fought. The hunt becomes an allegory of war. In Spanish without subtitles. 84 min. vhs 999:3534
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Celda 21 (Cell 21) (Spain | France, 2009)
Directed by Daniel Monzón. Cast: Alberto Ammann, Luis Tosar, Antonio Resines, Marta Etura, Manuel Morón, Carlos Bardem. On his first day on the job, prison officer Juan Olivier is knocked unconscious in a freak accident and his co-workers carry him to an empty cell. When he awakens, Juan discovers that he has been abandoned in the middle of a riot in a high-security cellblock, home to the prison's most dangerous criminals. If they discover he's a guard, he's dead meat. To survive, Juan must pose as a prisoner and conspire with the riot's vicious leader, Malamadre. 111 min. DVD X6728
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La Celestina (1996)
Director, Gerardo Vera. Cast: Penélope Cruz, Juan Diego Botto, Maribel Verdú, Terele Pávez, Jordi Mollà. Calisto is a young knight who has fallen madly in love with a beautiful maiden. Failing in his endeavors to win her over, Calisto is prompted by his unscrupulous servant to seek the help of the witch Celestina. Based on the 16th century novel "Celestina" by Fernando de Rojas. 109 min. DVD X999; vhs 999
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Chuecatown (Boystown) (2007)
Directed by Juan Flahn. Cast: Pepón Nieto, Pablo Puyol, Concha Velasco, Rosa Maria Sardà, Carlos Fuentes, Eduard Soto. Victor works in a real estate agency in the well-known Chueca neighborhood of Madrid. He hides a terrible secret: he makes apartments available for sale by murdering the old ladies that live in them. Then, he refurbishes and decorates the apartments to sell them to gay couples with high purchasing power. His ultimate objective is to transform Chueca into a kind of London Soho area. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 93 min. DVD X4033
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El Cochecita (1960)
Directed by Marco Ferreri. Cast: José Isbert, José A. Lepe, María Luise Ponte, Pedro Porcel, José Luis Lopez Vasquez. A black comedy about an old man who wants a motorized bicycle so he can ride through town with his crippled friends. When his family refuses to buy him a bike as well he methodically poisons his family members one by one, using their tiny legacies to finance his purchase. Strange but true: the audience's sympathy is with the elder gent in this study of aging, loneliness, neglect and rebellion. 90 min. vhs 999:2099
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La Colmena (1982)
Director: Mario Camus. Cast: Victoria Abril, Francisco Algora, Rafael Alonso, Ana Belen, Jose Bodalo, Mary Carrillo , Camilo Jose Cela, Queta Claver, Luis Escobar, Fiorella Faltoyano, Agustin Gonzalez, Emilio Gutierrez Caba, Rafael Hernandez, Charo Lopez, Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez. This drama presents a series of vignettes set in 1942 Madrid examining the misery suffered by those on the losing side in the Spanish civil war, especially literary figures, who survived in misery under Franco while the victors emerged as a successful middle class engaged in illegal activities. In Spanish without English subtitles. Based on the novel by Camilo Jose Cela. 112 min. DVD 8618
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Cómo Ser Mujer y no Morir en el Intento (How to be a Woman and Not Die in the Attempt) (1991)
Director, Ana Belen. Cast: Carmen Maura, Antonio Resines, Tina Sainz, Juan Diego Botto, Olaya Aguirre, Victor Garcia. Examines the complexities of Carmen's life, who at 42 is married to her third husband, Antonio, and has two children from previous marriages. She tries to carry on her professional career, without neglecting her relationship with Antonio, the house, her friends, or the emotional needs of the children. In Spanish without English subtitles. 86 min. DVD X6368; vhs 999:3556
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La comunidad (Common Wealth) (2000)
Director, Álex de la Iglesia. Cast: Carmen Maura, Eduardo Antuña, Maria Asquerino, Jesus Bonilla, Marta Fernandez Muro, Paca Gabaldon, Ane Gabarain, Sancho Gracia, Emilio Gutierrez Caba, Kiti Manver, Terele Pavez, Roberto Perdomo, Manuel Tejada, Enrique Villen. Julia, a hard-working real estate agent, finds 300 million pesetas hidden in a dead man's apartment and is forced to face the wrath of a very peculiar community of neighbors led by an unscrupulous administrator. 110 min. DVD 9838
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El Corazón del Bosque (1978)
Director, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón. Cast: Angela Molina, Norman Briski, Luis Politti, Santiago Ramos. Set in the countryside of Asturias and based on a real event of the 1930's, tells the story of a Basque revolutionary during the Spanish Civil War, who refuses to surrender to the Nationalist government. He hides in the hills for 10 years while the local people help him avoid constant searches by the police. A returning exile seeks him out to try and get him to surrender, with tragic consequences for both of them. In Spanish without English subtitles. 102 min. vhs 999:3551
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Las Cosas del Querer (1989)
Director, Jaime Chávarri. Cast: Angela Molina, Angel de Andrés Lopéz, Manuel Bandera. Mario, a homosexual singer and his two vaudeville artist friends perform popular songs in post-Civil War Madrid. Mario engages in affairs with a string of lovers. After an affair with a young nobleman, whom he spurns, the nobleman's mother concocts a nasty revenge. In Spanish without subtitles. 100 min. vhs 999:3543
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Costa Brava: (Family Album) (1995)
Directed by Marta Balletbò-Coll. Cast: Marta Balletbò-Coll, Desi del Valle, Montserrat Gausachs, Joséf Maria Brugues, Ramon Mari, Sergi Schaaff. Anna lives in Barcelona where she works as a tour guide to pay the bills. Her dream is to perform her monologue, Love thy neighbor, on tour with Another Stage, a gay and lesbian theatre company based in San Francisco. On one of her tours she meets Montserrat, a Jewish seismic engineer, and their adventures and misadventures shape this romantic comedy. 92 min. vhs 999:3766
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El Crack (1981)
Directed by José Luis Garci. Cast: Alfredo Landa, María Casanova, Manuel Tejada, José Bódaldo. A sharp detective is visited by a strange man who wants him to find his daughter who disappeared three years ago into the high-class courtesans of Madrid. PAL format. In Spanish without English subtitles. 127 min. vhs 999:1947
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Cría Cuervos (1976)
Director, Carlos Saura. Cast: Ana Torrent, Conchi Pérez, Maite Sánchez, Geraldine Chaplin, Monica Randall, Florinda Chico. Surrounded by tragedy and death, a nine-year old girl comes to believe that she has the power of life and death over those close to her. Special features DVD 9928: Disc 1: Original theatrical trailer ; Disc 2: "Portrait of Carlos Saura" a documentary on the life and career of the Spanish auteur; new interviews with actress Geraldine Chaplin and Ana Torrent. Accompanying booklet features a new essay by film scholar Paul Julian107 min. DVD 9928; vhs 999:1967
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival: Special Jury Prize

El Crimen de Cuenca (1979)
Director, Pilar Miró. Cast: Amparo Soler Leal, Hector Alterio, Daniel Dicenta, Jose Manuel Cervino, Fernando Rey. A realistically detailed film based on a true event in which two innocent men were accused of killing a priest who disappeared from their town in the early 1900s. The men are tortured to elicit confessions in scenes which graphically portray the methods of the Guardia Civil. The film, a plea to end police brutality and provincial ignorance, was banned in Spain until 1982. 90 min. vhs 999:1791
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El Crimen del Padre Amaro (The Crime of Padre Amaro) (2002)
Director, Carlos Carrera. Cast: Gael García Bernal, Ana Claudia Talancón, Sancho Gracia, Angélica Aragón, Luisa Huertas, Pedro Armendáriz, Ernesto Goméz Cruz, Gastón Melo, Damián Alcázar. A recently ordained priest is sent to a small parish church in rural Mexico to help an aging priest. Upon arriving at his new post, he meets a beautiful young woman with a religious passion that borders on obsession. Quickly her passion for her faith becomes entangled in a growing attraction to the new priest. When the priest crosses the line that separates temptation from sin, he finds himself torn between the devine and the carnal, the righteous and the unjust. 119 min. DVD 2297
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Crónica del Alba (1919, Crónica del Alba) (1983)
Directed by Antonio José Betancor. In a time of anarchist agitation and police repression, the adolescent son of a declining bourgeois family discovers society's falsehoods as well as life's pleasures. Based on the novel Cronica del Alba by Ramon J. Sender. 82 min. vhs 999:1727
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Crónica d'una mirada (Chronicle of a View)
A series of films presenting the history of independent filmmaking in Spain from the 1960s through 1975. Episodi 1. Bones maneres (44 min.) -- Episodi 2. Via 8: l' emigració (44 min.) -- Episodi 3. Xarxes clandestines (44 min.) -- Episodi 4. Companys de lluita (44 min.) -- Episodi 5. Aires nous (44 min.) -- Episodi 6. Al final del túnel (44 min.). Special features: Disc 1: El alegre paralelo (1964 ; 28 min.) / Enric Ripoll and Josep-Maria Freixes Ramon ; Viernes Santo (1960 ; 26 min.) / Joan Gabriel Tharrats ; Aspectes i personatges de Barcelona 1964 (1975 ; 25 min.) / Carles Barba -- Disc 2: No se admite personal (Plaza de Urquinaona) (1968 ; 15 min.) / Antoni Lucchetti ; El campo para el hombre (1974, 49 min.) / Helena Lumbreras and Maria Lisa ; 52 Domingos (1967, 27 min.) / Ll. Soler -- Disc 3 extras: Paris, 20 de juny de 1971 : mitin en Montreuil (1971 ; 106 min.) / Anonymous -- Disc 4 extras: La censura del Franquismo (1971 ; 29 min.) / Manuel Esteban -- Disc 5 extras: Sexperiencias (1969 ; 92 min.) / Jose Maria Nunes ; Dafne i Chloe (1969 ; 23 min.) / Antoni Padrós -- Disc 6 extras: Votad, Votad, Malditos (1977 ; 23 min.) / Llorenç Soler ; Hic digitur dei (1976-77; 85 min.) / Antoni Marti i Gich. 6 videodiscs 620 min. DVD X1759

Demonios en el Jardín (Demons in the Garden) (1982)
Directed by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón. Cast: Angela Molina, Ana Belen, Encarna Paso, Imanol Arias, Eusebio Lazaro, Francisco Merino, Alvaro Sanchez-Prieto. Examines the dynamics of a post-Spanish Civil War family which achieves economic success in the black market while currying favor with the ruling party. This saga of a family damaged by fraticidal rivalries and morally wasted by corruption, is presented through the eyes of a small boy. 100 min. vhs 999:1725; also vhs 999:1945 (PAL format, Spanish without subtitles)
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Deprisa, Deprisa (Hurry, Hurry) (Spain / France, 1981)
Directed by Carlos Saura. This film noir about juvenile delinquents tries to show how modern Spanish society can alienate its youth and thus become the real villain. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 99 min. vhs 999:1941
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El Día de la Bestia (Spain / Italy, 1995)
Directed by Alex de la Iglesia. Cast: Alex Angulo, Armando de Razza, Santiago Segura. The priest Angel Berriatua, a university professor, has been studying the Apocalypse of Saint John. He concludes that the Antichrist will be born in Madrid on December 25, 1995 so he decides to prepare an offensive by gathering together a variety of eccentric companions. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 100 min. Video 89 min. vhs 999:1801
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Días de boda (Días de voda) (2002)
Director, Juan Pinzás. Cast: Javier Gurruchaga, Asuncion Balaguer, Comba Campoy, Ernesto Chao, Miguel Insua, Rosa Alvarez, Pilar Saavedra, Belen Constenia, Alfonso Agra. An ambitious writer uses sex to advance professionally, and becomes engaged to the daughter of a well established editor to further his career. His fiancee is the perfect bride awaiting her marriage day that she has dreamt of all her life, only to find herself suddenly faced with her partner's dark secret for everyone to see. 104 min. DVD 8607
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El Disputado Voto del Señor Cayo (1986)
Director, Antonio Gimenez-Rico. Cast: Francisco Rabal, Juan Luis Galiardo, Inaki Miramon, Lydia Bosch. A group of young politicians come to Curena, a town in northern Castile, to campaign for votes. There they meet two neighbors who hate each other and never speak. One of these is Cayo, a soft-spoken older man full of ancestral wisdom. The encounter between the world of the young city politicians and that of Sr. Cayo is the necessary counterpoint to contrast two cultures ignorant of each other. In Spanish without subtitles. 94 min. DVD 3320; also vhs 999:3538
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Divinas Palabras (1987)
Directed by José Luis García Sanchez. Cast: Ana Belen, Francisco Rabal, Imanol Arias, Esperanza Roy, Aurora Batista, Juan Echanove. In 1920, in the village of San Clemente, in Galicia, a cruel and shameless story unfolds with the exploitation of a hydrocephalic put on display in fair after fair by the wife of the sacristan, the ecclesiastical authority in the village. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 89 min. vhs 999:1794
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A domicilio (o incluso también el amor) (At Home (or Love as Well)) (Spain, 2007)
Directed by Mariel Macia. Cast: Mónica Vic, Marina Vradiy Rosa has planned everything: she will invite Flor for a sushi dinner; they will drink white wine and will listen to some nice music. They both know what the real deal is... 24 min. DVD X6965
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Don Juan en los Infiernos (1991)
Director, Gonzalo Suarez con la colaboracion de Azucena Rodriguez Pomeda. Cast: Fernando Guillen, Mario Pardo, Charo Lopez. While the last vestiges of the empire are being extinguished and King Philip II is dying, there comes a man that challenges all designs, converts his passions into destiny and his will into law. His fame is as great as his pride. His name is a legend: Don Juan. In Spanish without subtitles. 105 min. vhs 999:3559
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Don Juan, Mi Querido Fantasma (1990)
Director, Antonio Mercero. Cast: Fernando Guillen, Mario Pardo, Charo Lopez. The legendary Don Juan Tenorio comes back to life on All Souls' Day, at midnight, and has 24 hours to redeem himself. He has been trying to do that for 450 years now, without success. In the meantime a company is rehearsing the play"Don Juan". Don Juan the 'ghost' is mistaken for Don Juan the actor. After a series offarcical situations, the 'ghost' redeems himself and becomes human again, while the 'actor' ends up in the tomb. In Spanish without subtitles. 99 min. vhs 999:3545
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Don Quijote de Orson Welles (Spain / Italy / USA, 1992)
Director/writer, Orson Welles. Cast: Francisco Reiguera, Akim Tamiroff, Orson Welles; subsequent dubbed voices, José Mediavilla, Juan Carlos Ordonez, Constantino Romero. In this film, Welles is reviewing the personalities of Cervantes' Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Welles has placed the characters in 1960's modern Spain and uses them as commentary on Spain's social life. Behaviors and customs, particularly bullfights, are explored. This dramatization of the Don Quixote story compiled of film fragments from Orson Welles, offers viewers a unique opportunity to see some of the master's mature story ideas onscreen and footage of the famed director at work. Originally released as a motion picture in 1992, although Orson Welles did not complete this film. The film was reconstructed from fragments that were studied and analyzed by Jess Franco, who adapted the film along with Javier Mina, who assisted with dialogue adaptation. PAL format DVD. 116 min. DVD 2688
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El Dorado (Spain / France / Italy, 1988)
Director, Carlos Saura. Cast: Omero Antonutti, Eusebio Poncela, Gabriela Roel, Lambert Wilson. Film about the 16th century explorer, Lope de Aguirre and his search for the mythical El Dorado. He leads 300 Spanish soldiers and 300 natives in his search for the legendary land in Peru. The expedition is attacked by hostile jungle tribes before mutiny breaks out among the soldiers and the leaders of the expedition are targeted for assassination. In Spanish without subtitles. 118 min. vhs 999:3540
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En la ciudad (In the City) (1983)
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Monica Lopez, Eduard Fernandez, Maria Pujalte, Alex Brendemuhl, Vincenta N'Dongo. A film which portrays the daily lives, secrets, and lies of a bunch of thirty-somethings living in Barcelona. Although the friends spend much time together, they maintain their secrets and often fail to connect until one fateful day when they come together for a meal and emotions spill over. 110 min. DVD 9841
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Entre tinieblas (Dark Habits) (1983)
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Cristina Pascual, Julieta Serrano, Marisa Paredes, Carmen Maura, Chus Lampreave. A nightclub singer hides out in a convent after her lover dies of an overdose. The eccentric nuns, who welcome her with open arms, have problems of their own: with the church, with the law and with their benefactor. In the end, it's hard to say who's redeemed, if anyone. 115 min. DVD 1878; vhs 999:1724
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Epílogo (1943)
Directed by Gonzalo Suárez. Cast: Jose Sacristan, Francisco Rabal, Charo Lopez. A story about two writers who have collaborated for years. They separate when they discover that they are in love with the same woman. After ten years, the two reunite to finish a final story gathered from their experiences. Spanish without titles. PAL format. 88 min. vhs 999:1937
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La Escopeta Nacional (1977)
Director, Luis García Berlanga. Cast: Rafael Alonso, Luis Escobar, Antonio Ferrandis, Agustin Gonzalez, Andres Mejuto, Conchita Montes, Monica Randell, Barbara Rey, Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez, Jose Sazatornil, Laly Soldevila, Amparo Soler Leal, Rossana Yanni. Centering on one of the many hunting extravaganzas organized for members of the ruling class, this comedy is about how business deals were made and concessions granted during the Franco years. In Spanish without subtitles. 98 min. vhs 999:3536
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El Espinazo del Diablo (The Devil's Backbone) (Spain / Mexico, 2001)
Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Cast: Marisa Parades, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve, Iñigo Garces, Irene Visedo. Thanks to the Civil War in Spain, Carlos his arrived at the desolate Santa Lucia School, now a makeshift shelter for war orphans, where an unexploded bomb rests in the courtyard. More frightening are the odd things keep happening to Carlos - he sees strange shadows, hears voices, and at night he is being visited by the "One Who Sighs." Special features: Guillermo del Toro commentary ; Director's thumbnail track ; Making of documentary, "?Que es un Fantasma? The Making of the Devil's Backbone" (28 min.) ; Deleted scenes ; Thumbnail/storyboard comparisons ; Galleries ; Previews. 108 min. DVD 8225
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El Espíritu de la Colmena (The Spirit of the Beehive) (1973)
Directed by Victor Erice. Cast: Isabel Telleria, Ana Torrent, Fernando Fernan Gomez, Teresa Gimpera. Shortly after the Spanish civil war, a six-year-old girl attends a traveling movie show of Frankenstein and becomes haunted by her memory of it. A poignant glimpse into the inner life of children. DVD Special features:"The footprints of a 'Spirit'" ="Huellas de un espiritu" documentary featuring director Victor Erice, producer Elias Querejeta, coscreenwriter Angel Fernandez-Santos, and actor Ana Torrent; new interviews with scholar Linda C. Ehrlich and actor Fernando Fernan Gomez; Victor Erice in Madrid: an interview by filmmaker Hideyuki Miyaoka. 95 min. DVD 6759; vhs 999:427; vhs 999:3535 (in Spanish without subtitles); vhs 999:1940 (PAL format, no titles)
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Esquilache (1988)
Director, Joséfina Molina. In 18th century Madrid the people rise against the monarchy. The destiny of the crown and the Marques de Esquilache Ilega depend upon the next few hours. In Spanish without subtitles. 102 min. DVD 3319; also vhs 999:3546
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Espoir: sierra de Teruel (Spain | France, 1945)
Directed by André Malraux, Boris Peskine. Cast: Mejuto, Nicolás Rodríguez, José Lado. In this Spanish Civil War drama, Republicans and international volunteers use makeshift weapons to fight Franco's forces in Teruel. Based on André Malraux's novel of the same title.92 min. DVD X6456
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La Estrella de Sierra Morena (1952)
Directed by Ramón Torrado. Cast: Lola Flores, Jose Nieto, Ruben Rojo, Manolo Moran. Estrella, a child of an aristrocratic Spanish family is taken by a band of brigands to live in the mountains. Here she is raised as the daughter of the leader, living all of their adventures with them and learning their "code of honor." She eventually discovers her dual origin, which creates a conflict for her. She feels gratitude to those who found and raised her but allegiance also to her original family. In Spanish without English subtitles. 92 min. DVD 8601
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Fábula de la Bella Palomera (Fable of the Beautiful Pigeon-Fancier). (Garcia Marquez Collection) (Spain / Brazil, 1988).
Directed by Ruy Guerra. Cast: Ney Latorraca, Claudia Ohana, Tonia Carrero, Dina Sfat, Chico Diaz. Set on a panoramic Brazilian beach, this film confronts the sexual and social tensions between classes in the romantic story of a wealthy aristocrat's obsessive desire. 73 min. Video/C vhs 999:489
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Familia (1996)
Directed by Fernando León de Aranoa. Cast: Juan Luis Galiardo, Amparo Muñoz, Agata Lys, Chete Lera, Elena Anaya, Raquel Radrigo. A comic treatment on the Spanish family in which Santiago (the father) is greeted on his birthday by a present from his son which he does not appreciate. He laments, as does his family,"Who has not wished for the perfect family?" 95 min. Based on the novel by Fernando Leon. PAL format. Spanish without subtitles. vhs 999:1851
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La Faraona(Mexico / Spain, 1956)
Director, René Cardona. Cast: Lola Flores, Augustin Lara, Joaquin Cordero, Julio Villareal, Florencio Castello, Carmen Flores. A millionaire wants to leave his money to his granddaughter, a singer who desires to expand her career and become famous. But there are others who want to steal his inheritance and they set a trap for him. In Spanish without English subtitles. 84 min. DVD 8629
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Femmine infernali (Escape from Hell)(Spain / Italy; 1980)
Director, Edward G. Muller (Edoardo Mulargia). Cast: Anthony Steffen, Ajita Wilson, Cristina Lay, Cinta Lodetti. A women's prison camp is located deep in the Amazon rain forest. Violent guards and warden make life unbearable for the inmates, and any infraction of the rules is dealt with swiftly and savagely. The camp doctor is horrified at what he sees and drinks heavily to push the horror away. Finally the inmates have had had enough, and they enlist the help of the doctor to escape their male oppressors. 93 min. DVD X2486
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Ficció (2006)
Director, Cesc Gay. Cast: Eduard Fernandez, Javier Camara, Montse German, Carme Pla, Agata Roca. Alex is a motion picture director who is trying to finish the script of his film. He decides to go away, leaving his wife and children to settle in house of a friend in a small town. In this calm and solitary place he hopes to finish his work.... 103 min. DVD 8624
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Flamenco
Director, Carlos Saura. Popular dancers and folk groups demonstrate what is considered to be the national dance of Spain, the Flamenco. Over 300 dancers participate as they are photographed by the master cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro. Performers: Paco de Lucia, Manolo Sanlucar, Enrique Morente, Joaquin Cortes, José Menese, Lole y Manuel, Mario Maya, José Merce, Matilde Coral, Carmen Linares, Merche Esmeralda, Chocolate, Manuela Carrasco, Farruco, Fernanda de Utrera, La Paquera de Jerez, Manzanita, Ketama, Agujeta, Manuel Moneo, Paco Toronjo, Maria Pages, Aurora Vargas, Remedios Amaya, Juana la del Revuelo, La Macanita, Chano Lobato, Rancapino, Tomatito, Potito, Duquende, Belen Maya, El Grilo. 100 min. vhs 999:2041
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El flor de mi secreto (The Flower of My Secret) (Spain / France, 1996)
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Marisa Paredes, Juan Echanove, Carmen Elias, Rossy De Palma, Chus Lampreave, Joaquin Cortes, Manuela Vargas. 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. 207 min. DVD 3889; vhs 999:3402
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Flores de Otro Mundo (Flowers from Another World) (1vhs 999)
Directed by Icíar Bollaín. Cast: José Sancho, Luis Tosar, Lissete Mejia, Marlin Torres, Chete Lera. "Patricia, a woman from Dominican Republic, needs a home and an economic security that her illegal status in Madrid does not provide her. Milady, twenty, born in Havana and dying to travel the world. Marirosi has a job, a home, and the most complete solitude... just like Alfonso, Damián and Carmelo, men from the St. Eulalia, a village lacking both marrying women and future. A bachelors' party forces the encounter between them and the beginning of this bittersweet story of sharing a living." [IMDB] 100 min. DVD 5242
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Furtivos (1975)
Directed by José Luis Borau. Cast: Lola Gaos, Ovidi Montllor, Alicia Sanchez, Felipe Solano. Angel, a hunter, marries a girl who has escaped from a reformatory to save her from his mother and from being sent to prison. When the girl's former fiancee arrives and she disappears, Angel swears to get revenge. Spanish without titles. PAL format. 90 min. DVD 2175; vhs 999:1943
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Goya en Burdeos (Goya in Bordeaux) (Spain / Italy, 1999)
Directed by Carlos Suara. Cast: Francisco Rabal, José Coronado, Maribel Verdu, Eulalia Ramon. In Bordeaux, France, in the early 1800's, Goya suffers from strange visions and nightmares. Goya reflects on his tumultuous career, a love affair with the beautiful Duchess of Alba and the evil crusade of Napoleon's French army. 121 min. DVD 563
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La gran final (The Great Match) (Spain / Germany, 2006)
Directed by Gerardo Olivares. Tells the story of three soccer fans, who live in the farthest-flung corners of the planet but are determined to watch the TV broadcast of the 2002 World Cup final. A global comedy featuring a family of Mongolian nomads, a camel caravan of Tuareg in the Sahara, and a group of Indios in the Amazon. 88 min. DVD 6850
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Habla con Ella (Talk To Her) (2002)
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Javier Camara, Dario Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Rosario Flores, Mariola Fuentes, Geraldine Chaplin. In a private clinic Barco and Benigno strike up a friendship while caring for comatose women. Benigno is the caregiver for Alicia, a beautiful dance student and Marco is there to visit his girlfriend Lydia, a famous matador also in a coma. As the men wage vigil over the women they love, the story unfolds in flashback and flashforward as the lives of the four move toward a surprising conclusion. 114 min. DVD 1669
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
Golden Globe Award: Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Historias de la Television. (1965)
Felipe, the son of a custodian at a zoological park meets Katy, a rock music singer, when they both become participants in a television contest. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 112 min. vhs 999:1797

Hola, ¿Estas Sola? (1979)
Director: Icíar Bollaín. Cast: Candela Peña, Silke, Alex Angula, Elena Irureta, Arcadi Levin. Nina is a 20 year-old woman from Valladolid who lives with her divorced father, an authoritarian and conservative man. Trini is of the same age and has lost her mother. For Nina and Trini, Valladolid and their families have nothing to offer, so they go on an adventurous voyage to the Costa del Sol in the south of Spain. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 90 min. vhs 999:1792

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La hora de los valientes (A Time for Defiance) (Spain, 1998)
Directed by Antonio Mercero. Cast: Gabino Diego, Leonor Watling, Adriana Ozores. A security guard at the Prado Museum saves an abandoned Goya masterpiece during an air raid in the Spanish Civil War. In the meantime he meets Carmen and falls madly in love. With her help he tries to save the painting, even though it may be detrimental to his family's survival. 120 min. DVD X6455
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Hormigas en la boca (Ants in the mouth) (Spain / Cuba, 2005)
Directed by Mariano Barroso. Cast: Eduard Fernandez, Adriana Gil, Jorge Perugorria, Jose Luis Gomez, Samuel Juan Claxton. After ten years in a Barcelona prison, Martin travels to Havana to search for his beautiful girlfriend. She was the only one of his gang of bank robbers to get away. She also got away with the loot. 92 min. DVD 8588
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Land Without Bread (Las Hurdes)(Terre sans pain) (1937)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. "...Focuses on the Las Hurdes region of Spain, the mountainous area around the town La Alberca, and the intense poverty of its occupants. Buñuel, who made the film after reading the ethnographic study Las Jurdes: étude de géographie humaine (1927) by Maurice Legendre, took a Surrealist approach to the notion of the anthropological expedition. The result was a travelogue in which the narrator's extreme (indeed, exaggerated) descriptions of human misery of Las Hurdes contrasts with his flat and disinterested manner. Although some film scholars describe it as a documentary, Land Without Bread is actually an early (some might say prescient) parody of the barely invented genre of documentary filmmaking, according to anthropologist Jeffrey Ruoff." [Wikipedia] 27 min. DVD X2181; also DVD 9135 [PAL Region 2 DVD]; Video/C 8742; another print Video/C vhs 999:173
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La ironía del dinero (Spain / France, 1959).
Directed by Edgar Neville and Guy Lefranc. Cast: Fernando Fernan Gomez, Irene Alba Caba, Antonio Casal, Antonio Vico, Philippe Lemaire, Carmen de Lirio, Cecile Aubry, Guillermo Marin. The finding of a lost portfolio with a great amount of money becomes the subject of four comic stories. First the man who finds the money blows it in bar in Seville, then it moves on to the scatterbrained wife of an employee of a French railway station. Third it winds up in Salamanca with a civil employee submissive to the tyranny of his authoritarian and despotic wife. And fourth it becomes the property of a pathetic bullfighter. In Spanish without English subtitles. 81 min. DVD 8645
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El Jardín de las Delicias (The Garden of Delights) (1970).
Directed by Carlos Saura. Cast: Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez, Lina Canalejas, Luchy Soto, Francisco Pierra, Charo Soriano. A ruthless tycoon suffers amnesia, paralysis, and loses his ability to communicate after an auto accident. As his greedy family tries to shock his memory back in order to get his Swiss bank account, he struggles to recapture his own identity and plots his twisted revenge. A disturbing, surrealistic portrait of the frustration caused by helplessness. 101 min. vhs 999:1723
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Jarrapellejos (1987)
Director, Antonio Giménez-Rico. Cast: Antonio Ferrandis, Juan Diego, Lydia Bosch, Amparo Larrañaga, Joaquin Hinojosa, Miguel A. Rellan, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Carlos Tristancho, Florinda Chico, Jose Coronado. This is the story of Pedro Luis Jarrapellejos, who dominates everyone and everything in La Joya, Extremadura, Spain, in 1912. A young woman and her mother are murdered by his nephew and friend, and Pedro uses his considerable influence to cover up the crimes. In Spanish without titles. 108 min. vhs 999:3554
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Juana la Loca (Joan the Mad) (Spain / Italy / Portugal, 2001)
Directed by Vicente Aranda. Cast: Pilar López de Ayala, Daniele Liotti, Rosana Pastor, Giuliano Gemma, Roberto Alvarez, Eloy Azorin, Susy Sánchez, Manuela Arcuri, Héctor Colomé. Joan of Castile (1479-1555, daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella) has gone down in history as "Joan the Mad." Sent alone to Brussels, sheltered eighteen-year-old Joan is a willing pawn in her political marriage to a young Hapsburg, Philip Archduke of Austria, consolidating Spain as regional power. Amazingly, Joan falls in love with Philip, who reciprocates initially, but then becomes noticeably indifferent. Juana becomes queen of Spain when her mother and her older brothers die in 1504. Due to the pressure of being queen and the discovery that her husband has many lovers, her mental health starts getting worse. Felipe, seeing his wife in these circumstances, makes the Burgos Court to declare the insanity of Juana and recludes her in the Monastry of Las Huelgas, proclaiming himself as the king. Inspired by the scenes from the play, "La Locura de Amor" [The Madness of Love] by Manuel Tamayo y Baus. 118 min. DVD X959
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Juego de Luna (Luna's Game) (2001)
Directed by Mónica Laguna. Cast: Ana Torrent, Ernesto Alterio, Carlos Kaniowsky, José Pedro Carrion, Manuel San Martin. Luna earns a living the only way she knows how: by playing poker. Her talent has taken her to the top of a profession dominated by men, and she becomes the lead player in a special game in which the stakes are much higher than a big stack of chips. 96 min. DVD 5243
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Justino: un asesino de la tercera edad (1994)
Directed by Santiago Aguilar and Luis Guridi. Cast: Saturnino Garcia, Carlos Lucas, Carmen Segarra, Francisco Maestre, Concha Salinas, Carlos de Gabriel. In this black comedy, Justino is a sixty-two year old retired bullfighter who lives a carefree life, hanging out at the local bar with his cronies while living with his married son. One day his son and daughter-in-law irritate him for some reason and he finishes them off and then stores their bodies in the apartment's freezer. After that, just about anyone who irritates him in any way is likely to die, from the policemen who didn't believe him when he confessed to them about killing his son, to a whole houseful of elderly people in an old-age home. 94 min. DVD 9831
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Kika (1993)
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Veronica Forque, Peter Coyote, Victoria Abril, Alex Casanovas, Rossy de Palma, Santiago Lajusticia, Anabel Alonso, Bibi Andersen, Jesus Bonilla, Karra Elejalde, Manuel Bandera. A dizzy dame hairdresser, Kika, gets involved with a host of unusual characters: a homicidal expatriate Yank writer, Nicholas, and his bewildered stepson, Ramon, an uncommunicative underwear photographer; a vampish, oddball femme TV reporter, Andrea; a lesbian maid, Juana, and her mentally-deficient convicted rapist brother, Pablo, who escaped while on parole from prison to attend a religious festival in his home town. DVD X5511; vhs 999:1710
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Ladrones (Thieves) (Spain, 2007)
Directed by Jaime Marques. Cast: María Valverde, Juan José Ballesta, Patrick Bauchau, María Ballesteros, Carlos Kaniowsky. After spending his childhood in an orphanage, Alex is starting a new life as an adult. But it only takes him a few days to remember what his mother taught him before vanishing: how to make a life as a pickpocket. Sara is a college student with a happy life, who occasionally commits petty theft. The morning Alex discovers Sara stealing in a supermarket, his life changes. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 124 min. DVD X4046
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Letters from the Park (Cartas del Parque) Gabriel García Márquez Collection. (Cuba / Spain, 1988)
Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Two shy young lovers enlist the help of the local poet to write passionate letters to each other, but soon the woman becomes the object of the poet's affection, and all are faced with a perplexing dilemma. 85 min. vhs 999:490
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La Ley del Deseo (Law of Desire) (1987)
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Eusebio Poncela, Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas. Though Pablo is in love with Juan, his affection is not reciprocated. After taking up with Antonio, Pablo temporarily loses his memory when a jealous Antonio seeks out Juan and violence occurs. When Pablo's memory returns he discovers that Antonio has taken up with his sister Tina and he must rescue her, face Antonio, and his desire. 105 min. DVD X4865; vhs 999:1466
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Libertarias (Spain / Italy / Belgium, 1995)
Directed by Vicente Aranda. The Spanish revolution has just started in a small town near Barcelona. Maria, a young innocent nun escaping from her convent, which is being ransacked by revolutionaries, finds refuge in a whorehouse. In the whorehouse some militia women - Libertarias - burst in with the mission of freeing the prostitutes. Befriended by the group, Maria will participate in the armed fight, and the course of her life will be forever changed. 125 min. DVD 9945; vhs 999:1805 [In Spanish without subtitles]
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Archibald, David "No Laughing Matter: Comedy and the Spanish Civil War in Cinema." In: Historical comedy on screen: subverting history with humour / edited by Hannu Salmi. Bristol [England] ; Chicago : Intellect, 2011. (Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only))
Fernández Martínez, María Luisa. "The Heroic Figure of the Anarchist Miliciana in the Spanish Civil War: Vicente Aranda's Libertarias." In: The image of the hero II in literature, media, and society : proceedings [of] 2010 conference [of th Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery. Conference (2010 : Colorado Springs, Colo.) Pueblo, Colo. : The Society, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN56.5.H45 S632 2010)
Gómez, María Asunción; Santoro, Patricia (translator) "Feminism and Anarchism: Remembering the Role of Mujeres Libres in the Spanish Civil War" In: Recovering Spain's feminist tradition / edited by Lisa Vollendorf. New York : Modern Language Association of America, 2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks HQ1692 .R44 2001)
Lee, Andrew. "Aranda's Libertarias: Women and the Spanish Civil War Through a Distorted Lens." In: Anarchist film & video / [editor, Stuart Christie ; guest editor, Richard Porton]. Hastings, East Sussex : ChristieBooks ; Oakland, CA : PM Press, 2009. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.A487 A53 2009)
Schwartz, Stephen. "The paradoxes of film and the recovery of historical memory: Vicente Aranda's works on the Spanish Civil War." Film History, 2008, Vol. 20 Issue 4, p501-507, 7p UC users only
Van Liew, Maria. "Witness to War: Virginal Vicissitudes in Vicente Aranda's Libertarias (1996)." Quarterly Review of Film & Video, May2008, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p230-240, 11p UC users only

La Línea del Cielo (Skyline) (1983)
Directed by Fernando Colomo. This bittersweet comedy depicts the adventures and misadventures of a Spanish photographer who comes to Manhattan seeking fame and fortune in the Big Apple. Once there, he falls in love and must decide between two worlds. 84 min. vhs 999:1809; also copy 2 in PAL format without titles: vhs 999:1935
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Lista de espera (The Waiting List) (Spain | Cuba | France | Mexico | Germany, 2000)
Directed by Juan Carlos Tabío. Cast: Vladimir Cruz, Thaimí Alvariño, Jorge Perugorría, Noel García, Saturnino García, Alina Rodríguez, Antonio Valero. A diverse group of Cubans pass the time while stranded in a remote bus station. Emilio tries to win the affections of the beautiful Jacqueline, and the other passengers decide to use their time to change the bus terminal from a decrepit and rundown station to a destination worth visiting. Based on the short story of the same title by Arturo Arango. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 112 min. DVD X4030
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Lola la Piconera (1951)
The story of a beautiful singer, Lola, and the soldier she loved set during the struggle of the Spanish people against Napoleon during the siege of Cadiz. In Spanish without titles. 89 min. vhs 999:1776

Lola Torbellino (Mexico / Spain, 1952)
Directed by René Cardona. Cast: Lola Flores, Agustin Lara, Ricardo Adalid, Luis Aguilar, Abel Salazar. The singer dancer Lola meets the great Mexican composer Agustin Lara and offers to travel to Mexico where she has promised to do several performances for him. Lola stays in his house as a guest and Agustin falls in love with her, but complications ensue when another falls for her too. In Spanish without English subtitles. 79 min. DVD 8628
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Los lunes al sol (Mondays in the Sun)((Spain / France / Italy, 2002)
Directed by Fernando León de Aranoa. Cast: Javier Bardem, Luis Tosar, José Angel Egido, Nieve de Medina, Enrique Villén, Celso Bugallo, Joaquín Climent, Aída Folch, Serge Riaboukine. Follows five unemployed shipyard workers on the coast of Spain. Led by the cocky Santa, the men may be down on their luck but still encourage each other to search for work, love and the strength to hope for better days. 113 min. DVD X667
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Lucía y el sexo (Sex and Lucia) (Spain / France, 2001)
Directed by Julio Medem. Cast: Paz Vega, Tristán Ulloa, Najwa Nimri, Daniel Freire, Javier Cámara, Silvia Llanos, Elena Anaya. After the loss of her long-time boyfriend, Lucía seeks refuge on a quiet Mediterranean island where she meets a new man and begins to discover the dark secrets of her past relationship. Special features: The making of Sex and Lucía featurette ; photo gallery ; soundtrack excerpts ; cast interviews ; cast biographies ; theatrical trailers. 126 min. DVD X958
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La Mala Educacion (Bad Education) (1vhs 999)
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Gael García Bernal, Fele Martinez, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Lluis Homar, Francisco Boira. Enrique gets a visit from his old school friend who has written a story about their traumatic childhood spent at Catholic school. In the story, a drag performer known as Zahara attempts to blackmail a predatory priest by exposing their scandalous past. But when the villainous priest from their school days arrives to tell his own version of events, the truth is wilder than anything they could have imagined. 105 min. DVD 3714
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Awards
National Society of Film Critics: Best Foreign Language Film

Mamá Cumple 100 Años (Spain / France, 1979)
Directed by Carlos Saura. Tells the story of the 100th birthday celebration of the great matriarch at her baronial country estate. In Spanish without titles. 98 min. vhs 999:1950
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El Mar (The Sea) (Spain, 2000)
Directed by Agustí Villaronga. Cast: Roger Casamajor, Bruno Bergonzini, Antonia Torrens. Two boys (Ramallo and Manuel) and a girl in the Spanish Civil War are involved in the death of other two boys, one killed, the other suicided. This terrible secret remains with them for all their lives. Years pass and they meet in a hospital for tuberculosis treatment. She is now a nun, Ramallo is a thief and Manuel is obsessed by religion. Reality is too hard to feel, only the sea should be the best place, where all is quiet. 107 min. DVD 8149
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Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside) (Spain / France / Italy, 2004)
Directed by Alejandro Amenábar. Cast: Javier Bardem, Belen Rueda, Lola Due~nas, Mabel Rivera, Celso Bugallo, Clara Segura, Joan Dalmau, Alberto Jimenez, Tamar Novas. Based on a true story, Ramon Sampedro wants to end his life because a diving accident 28 years before that turned him into a quadriplegic. For most of those years he made the most of it: writing, developing a close relationships with his family, who all help to care for him. While grateful to his family and friends for their help, Ramon was always an active person. He has come to see his life as frustrating and pointless and wishes to die with what remains of his dignity. Gene is a friend who works with a"Right to Die" organization who introduces Ramon to Julia, a lawyer he hopes will help him persuade the courts to let him end his own life. As Ramon and Julia work together on his case, Ramon finds himself falling in love with his attorney, but Ramon remains convinced that the greatest gift to him would be an end to his life. 125 min. DVD 4052
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Awards

Academy Award - Foreign Language Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics' Choice Awards: Best Foreign Film
Golden Globe Award: Best Foreign Language Film:
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
Venice Film Festival - Best International Film
Venice Film Festival - Grand Special Jury Prize, Director

Marcelino Pan y Vino(The Miracle of Marcelino) (Spain / Italy, 1954)
Directed by Ladislao Vajda. Cast: Pablito Calvo, Rafael Rivelles, Antonio Vico, Juan Calvo, Jose Marco Davo, Fernando Rey. Story of the miracle of a little boy, abandoned at a monastery, who is discovered to be talking with Jesus Christ. Based on the story by Jose Maria Sanchez-Silva. 89 min. DVD X1156
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María de la O (1959 )
Directed by Ramón Torrado. Cast: Lola Flores, Manuel Luna, Antonio Gonzalez, Manuel Arbo, Aurora Garcia Alonso. Luis Suarez is a rich landowner who is found wounded by a traveling gypsy clan. They take him in and cure him, saving him from the probability of a certain death. Luis spends days traveling with them and is eventually pledged with Maria de la O, a handsome gypsy who has been engaged to Miguel, who also travels with the clan. Luis asks Maria to leave the clan and go away with him to his world which is very different from the one she knows. Unexpectedly, she accepts his proposal... In Spanish without English subtitles. 94 min. DVD 8600
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Mas Que Amor Frenesi (1996)
A suspense filled drama about individuals involved in sex crimes and murder. In Spanish without titles. 101 min. Film preceded by theatrical advertisements 9 min. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. vhs 999:1781

Matador (1986)
Director, Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Assumpta Serna, Antonio Banderas, Nacho Martinez, Carmen Maura, Eva Cobo. Trainee bullfighter Angel, sexually repressed and mother-fixated, is taunted about his suspected homosexuality by his instructor, Diego Montes. To prove his masculinity, he attempts to assault Diego's girlfriend. Failing in his attempt and consumed by guilt he confesses to murders he did not commit - the victims are killed with bullfighting instruments at the moment of sexual climax. Agnel is defended by lawyer Maria Cardenal, the real killer, who is obsessed with Diego and uses Angel to draw the maestro Matador into one last confrontation. 103 min. Non-US format DVD. DVD X5073; DVD 2971 (PAL format)
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Mi Querida Señorita (1972)
Directed by Jaime de Armiñán. In this romantic drama Lopez Vazquez plays the double role of a man and a woman (Juan/Adela). Adela, an old maid who spends all her time doing works of charity becomes engaged to a local businessman, but is disgusted by his advances. Disturbed by this, she seeks psychiatric help and the doctor tells her that she is, in fact, a man. Adela, horrified, cannot bear to return to her village so takes up life in Madrid as Juan. Her identification papers list her as a woman, and she must improvise in order to survive. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 60 min. vhs 999:1939
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Microfísica(Spain, 2008)
Directed by Joan Carles Martorell. Cast: Ruben Ametllé, Pau Carrasco, Cristina Gamiz. A young aeronautical engineer from Barcelona travels to Chicago with his girlfriend for a job interview. 15 min. DVD X6964
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El milagro de P. Tinto (1998)
Directed by Javier Fesser. Cast: Luis Ciges, Pablo Pinedo, Silvia Casanova, Emilio Gavira, Javier Aller, Janfri Topera, Carlos Soto, Tomas Saez, Geman Montaner. An elderly man longs for a suitable heir to the Pinto family enterprise, a communion wafer factory, and his struggle to keep its contract with the Vatican ... unless he can make more money selling pizza and chicken. 105 min. DVD 9830
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Misericordia (TV, 1986)
Directed by Jose Luis Alonso, Juan Mediavilla. Cast: Cast: Maria Fernanda D'ocon, Jose Bodalo, Luisa Rodrigo, Julia Trujillo, Jose Segura. Presents in a semi-musical, the plight of the homeless. A poor woman struggles to help those she loves but faces the frustration of not getting the help she needs. Based on the book by Benito Perez Galdos. In Spanish without subtitles. 110 min. DVD 3354

La Mitad del Cielo (Half of Heaven) (1986)
Directed by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón. A story of the social rise of a beautiful ambitious peasant girl, the film is a lusty appreciation of the power, tenacity and mysteries of women. 127 min. vhs 999:3549
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Morena Clara (1936)
Directed by Florián Rey. A comedy in which a beautiful young singer, Trini, and her brother are accused of a crime. The prosecutor fails to gain a conviction when the judge, won over by Trini, grants her a pardon. Then Dona Teresa, the mother of the prosecutor, charmed by Trini's singing and dancing, organizes a fiesta and invites her to stay in her hacienda. Based on the novel by Antonio Quintera and Pascual Guillen. In Spanish without titles. PAL. 83 min. vhs 999:1786
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Muerte de un ciclista (Death of a Cyclist) (Spain / Italy, 1955)
Director, Juan Antonio Bardem. Cast: Lucia Bose, Alberto Closas, Bruna Corra, Carlos Casaravilla, Otello Toso, Julia Delgado Caro. Upper-class geometry professor Juan and his wealthy, married mistress Maria Jose, driving back from a late-night rendezvous, accidentally hit a cyclist and run. The resulting tale of guilt, infidelity, and blackmail reveals the wide gap between the rich and the poor in Spain and surveys the corrept ethics of a society seduced by decadence. 88 min. DVD 9690
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Evans, Jo. "Sex and the censors: the femme fatale in Juan Antonio Bardem's Muerte de un ciclista." Screen. Autumn2007, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p327-344, 18p UC users only

La Muerte de Mikel (1983)
Director, Imanol Uribe. A series of flashbacks gradually reveal the life of a young Basque pharmacist who was brutally killed for his involvement in the ETA inspired left-wing separatist movement. In Spanish without subtitles. 88 min. vhs 999:3557
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Davies, Ann. "Male Sexuality and Basque Separatism in Two Films by Imanol Uribe." Hispanic Research Journal, Jun2003, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p121, 12p UC users only
Evans, Jo. "La muerte de Mikel: Policing the Gaze/Mind the Gap." Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Jan1999, Vol. 76 Issue 1, p101-109, 9p UC users only

Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) (1984)
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Comedy about a woman who has been jilted by the love of her life, her friend who is in love with a terrorist, and her ex-lover's crazed wife. Mix them all together and you end up with women on the verge of a nervous breakdown! In Spanish with English subtitles. 88 min. DVD 646; VHS in Spanish/no subtitles vhs 999:3550
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Awards
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Evans, Peter William. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown = Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios / Peter William Evans. London: British Film Institute, 1996. Series title: BFI modern classics. (UCB Main PN1997.M8126 E82 1996)

La mujer sin piano (Woman Without Piano (2009)
Directed by Javier Rebollo. Cast: Carmen Machi, Jan Budar, Pep Ricart. A quietly comic look at a Madrid housewife's attempt to escape from her mundane and tedious existence. Encountering mostly impersonal bureaucracy, she has no specific plan for what she wants to do, just the fervent hope that she will find the adventure she's so desperately seeking. 141 min. DVD X7322
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Nadie Hablará de Nosotras Cuando Hayamos Muerto (1995)
Directed by Agustín Díaz Yanes. Escaping gangsters who are trying to kill her because she has witnessed a crime, Gloria, a young woman of working class origins, comes back to her family in Madrid, where she tries to find work and earn some money. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 105 min. vhs 999:1790
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La Niña de tus ojos (The Girl of Your Dreams) (1998)
Directed by Fernando Trueba. Cast: Neus Asensi, Jesus Bonilla, Penelope Cruz, Karel Dobry, Loles Leon, Gotz Otto, Antonio Resines, Jorge Sanz, Rosa Maria Sarda. In Civil War torn Spain, Germany invites a group of filmmakers to shoot two versions of the Andalusian musical drama"The girl of your dreams" in Berlin. Happy to leave the war behind them, the troupe of Spaniards starts filming in Hitler's Berlin. The hospitality upon their arrival has more to do with the youthful charms of Macarena Granada. What's more, the only Andalusion-looking extras in Germany are the gypsies and Jewish prisoners in a nearby concentration camp. When Macarena befriends one of the prisoners, the troupe must decide if the movie is more important than their lives. 105 min. vhs 999:1790
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Hardcastle, Anne E. "Representing Spanish Identity through españolada in Fernando Trueba's The Girl of your Dreams." Film Criticism, Spring2007, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p15-35, 21p UC users only
Heredero, Carlos. "Contemporary Spanish Cinema Supplement: New Creators for the New Millennium: Transforming the Directing Scene in Spain." Cineaste 29:1 (Winter 2003) p. 32-37 UC users only
Hillman, Roger. "Trueba's La Niña de tus ojos (The Girl of Your Dreams) (1998): the German connection." Studies in European Cinema; 2008, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p67-76, 10p UC users only
Perriam, Chris. "Jorge Sanz: El Galán Sumiso. Problematising Masculinities in Mainstream Cinema in Spain." Forum for Modern Language Studies; Jan2001, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p26-37, 12p UC users only

No Desearás al Vecino del Quinto (Spain / Italy, 1970)
Director, Ramón Fernandez. A comic look at heterosexual and homosexual stereotypes in suburban Madrid. The lead actor Alfredo Landa who exemplified the legend of the Hispanic macho, became a sociological phenomenon in the 70's called Landismo (Landism). In Spanish without subtitles. 85 min. DVD 2177
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La Noche Más Hermosa (1984)
Directed by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón. As a television executive passes the afternoon with his mistress, he begins to wonder if his wife is doing the same thing with his best friend. Spanish without titles. PAL format. 90 min. vhs 999:1936
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La Noche Oscura (1989)
Directed by Carlos Saura. In the year 1577 Father John of the cross, poet, church reformer and future saint has been taken prisoner at the Carmelite order in Toledo where he is sentenced to the penance of seclusion and stripped of freedom indefinitely. The guards systematically torture and starve him to break his resistance but the warden, impressed with his candor, gives him pen and paper to write his poems. The dark night explores the thoughts and feelings of Saint John of the cross, his dreams, his visions, and his mysterious spirituality. In Spanish without subtitles. 89 min. vhs 999:3548
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Nosotros los Decentes. (1975)
Directed by Mariano Ozores. Don Roque seeks assistance for his ailing wife but when Maria, an attractive widow, arrives at his house both Roque and his son fall in love with her. Maria and Don Roque fall in love and when he becomes a widower his life is totally transformed but they have to pass through many trials, gaining the approval of his children, before they can finally wed. Spanish without titles. PAL format. 88 min. vhs 999:1948
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La novia ensangrentada (The Blood Spattered Bride) (Spain, 1972)
Directed by Vicente Aranda. Cast: Simon Andreu, Maribel Martin, Alexandra Bastedo, Dean Selmier. A beautiful young bride marries into a family with a dark secret and quickly becomes haunted by dreams of a mysterious woman. When her visions become flesh, the newlywed finds herself drawn into a nightmare of unholy communion, violent murder and forbidden sexual desires. Based on: Carmila / by Sheridan Le Fanu. 91 min. DVD X6388
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Noviembre (2003)
Directed by Achero Mañas. Cast: Oscar Jaenada, Ingrid Rubio, Paloma Lorena, Juan Diaz, Juan Francisco Margallo, Javier Rios, Angel Facio, Adriana Dominguez, Amparo Valle, Jordi Padrosa. Young Alfredo wants to create theater full of freedom of expression. He envisions a theater which performs face to face with the public -- in the streets, squares, and parks of the city. To accomplish this, he organizes the theatrical troupe "Noviembre." Spanish without English subtitles. 104 min. DVD 9837
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El orfanato (The Orphanage) (Mexico / Spain, 2007)
Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. Cast: Belen Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Princep, Mabel Rivera, Montserrat Carulla, Andres Gertrudix, Edgar Vivar. A mother of a young boy decides to purchase the orphanage she spent her own childhood in, hoping to restore and reopen the long abandoned facility as both a home for them and a school for disabled children. However, her son's imagination seems to run wild in their new home, as he becomes increasingly involved with a group of seemingly imaginary friends. Special features: "When Laura grew up: constructing The orphanage" featurette (18 min.); "Tomas' secret room" production featurette (11 min.); "Horror in the unknown: make-up effects" featurette (10 min.); "Rehearsal studio" featurette (4 min.); still gallery; "Marketing Campaign" teasers and trailers (6 min.); poster gallery; 105min. DVD X542
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Alter, Ethan. "Ghostly Orphanage." Film Journal International, Jan2008, Vol. 111 Issue 1, p12-17, 3p UC users only
Kroenert, Tim. "Spanish chiller evokes ghosts of grief." Eureka Street, 6/6/2008, Vol. 18 Issue 11, p28-29, 2p UC users only
Lally, Kevin. "The Orphanage." Film Journal International, Jan2008, Vol. 111 Issue 1, p38-39, 2p UC users only
Lane, Anthony. "Gone Missing." New Yorker, 1/14/2008, Vol. 83 Issue 43, p86-87, 2p UC users only

La orgía nocturna de los vampiros (Vampire's Night Orgy) (Spain, 1973)
Directed by León Klimovsky. Cast: Jack Taylor, Dyanik Zurakowska, José Guardiola, Charo Soriano, Helga Liné. A busload of travelers must stop in a small European village after their bus driver suffers a heart attack. The local villagers seem friendly at first but strange events stir up suspicion in the travelers. Eventually, the travelers uncover the truth behind their hosts and find they have stumbled upon a village inhabited by vampires. 80 min. DVD X2749
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Ópera Prima (Spain / France, 1980)
Directed by Fernado Trueba. Matias, a young divorced employee at a news agency, chances to meet his beautiful cousin, Violeta. The two commence an affair but then drift apart. Violeta, an aspiring musician, falls under the spell of her pretentious tutor. On the verge of leaving the country with her teacher, she is"rescued" at the airport by Matias. Spanish without titles. PAL format. 90 min. vhs 999:1944
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El Otro Lado de la Cama (The Other Side of the Bed) (2003)
Directed by Emilio Martinez-Lázaro. Cast: Ernestao Alterio, Paz Vega, Guillermo Toledo, Natalia Verbeke, Alberto San Juan, Maria Esteve. The story of two couples, along with a collection of their friends and co-workers, whose switching back and forth between their lovers leads to lies and heartache and lots of song and dance. 114 min. DVD 6300
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El pallasso i el Führer e (1988)
Director, Eduard Cortés. Cast: Ferran Rañé, Manel Barcelé, Jord Martínez, Pere Arquillué. The famous clown Charlie Rivel performs for the Fuhrer on his birthday. There are forces at work that can give Rivel the power to change the course of the war. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 94 min. DVD X4154
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Pasodoble (1988)
Director, José Luis García Sánchez. A French girl arrives in Cordoba in search of her father. She finally tracks him down in a minor city museum where he and his clan have been squatting refusing to leave. Two policemen have been given the job of persuading the wacky family to vacate the premises, but their response is to threaten to destroy the museum's treasures. In Spanish without subtitles. 92 min. vhs 999:3553
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Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) (Mexico / Spain / USA, 2006)
Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Cast: Ariadna Gil, Ivana Baquero, Sergi Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Doug Jones, Alex Angulo, Federico Luppi, Manolo Solo, Cesar Vea, Roger Casamajor, Ivan Massague, Gonzalo Uriarte. Set in 1944 Spain, against the backdrop of the anti-Franco guerrilla warfare. When young Ofelia and her mother go to live with her new stepfather on a rural military outpost, she finds herself in a world of unimaginable cruelty. Soon Ofelia finds the creatures of her imagination in which she used to escape have become a reality and she must battle them to save both her mother and herself. In the terrifying battle that ensues, Ofelia soon learns that innocence has a power that evil cannot imagine. Special features: (Disc 1). Video prologue; audio commentary by director Guillermo Del Toro; marketing campaign; sneak peeks -- (Disc 2). Featurettes (approx. 24 min. ): "The power of myth", "Pan and the Fairies = El fauno y las hadas", "The color and the shape", "The lullaby"); director's notebook (notes & sketches, storyboard/thumbnail comparisions; galleries); "The Charlie Rose Show" with Guillermo Del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron & Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu (approx. 50 min.); DVD comics. 119 min. DVD 7558
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
National Society of Film Critics Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award - Best Foreign Language Film

Películas para no dormir (Six Films to Keep You Awake)

Spectre (Regreso a Moira) (Spain, 2006)
Directed by Mateo Gil. Cast: Juan Jose Ballesta, Natalia Millan, Jordi Dauder, Victoria Mora, David Arnaiz, Adrian Marin, Jose Angel Egido. An elderly man returns to his home town, having left the country in his youth. During the course of his homecoming, we see flashbacks to his past and learn of his love affair with a woman branded a witch by the deeply religious locals. However, all is not as it seems and his jealousy and infatuation set into action a course of events that come back to haunt him years later... 75 min. DVD X477
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A Real Friend (Adivina quién soy) (Spain, 2006)
Directed by Enrique Urbizu. Cast: Goya Toledo, Nerea Inchausti, Eduard Farelo, Josep Maria Pou, Aitor Mazo. The lonely Estrella is an intelligent teenager and good student but is outcast in school. She spends most of her time alone, reading horror books or watching horror movies, while her widowed mother Angela works as a nurse in a hospital. Her favorite author is Stephen King and her only friends are Leatherface and Vampire. 73 min. DVD X477
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A Christmas Tale (Cuento de navidad) (Spain, 2006)
Directed by Paco Plaza. Cast: Maru Valdivielso, Cristian Casas, Roger Babia, Pau Poch. A group of children spending Christmas in a summer resort village discover a woman disguised as Santa Claus in a well in the woods. When they go to the police for help, they discover that she is in fact a dangerous thief who is on the run with a substantial haul. They make a decision. They will help her out of the well in exchange for the money that she still has on her. 71 min. DVD X477
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The Baby's Room (Adivina quién soy) (Spain, 2006)
Directed by Alex de la Iglesia. Cast: Javier Gutierrez, Leonor Watling, Sancho Gracia, Maria Asquerino, Antonio Dechent, Terele Pavez, Ramon Barea, Eulalia Ramon, Asuncion Balaguer, Manuel Tallafe. A couple with a recently born child arrive at their new home. Before going to bed, the couple go and check the child monitor that has been installed in the baby's bedroom. It is the very latest model. Not only does it allow you to listen in while the baby is sleeping, it lets you watch the baby as well... they soon discover that there is someone else living in this house, someone whose presence can be felt every night, right beside their baby's cradle. 77 min. DVD X477
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To Let(Para entrar a vivir) (Spain, 2006)
Directed by Jaume Balaguero. Cast: Marcarena Gomez, Nuria Gonzalez, Adria Collado, Ruth Diaz. A couple expecting a child are looking for an apartment. They have seen dozens already. Like all of the properties in the area, this flat seems to have been abandoned. They go up to the third floor and enter which is something they should never have done... Their flat, the whole building in fact, is a trap watched over by a diabolical landlady. 68 min. DVD X477
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Blame (La culpa) (Spain, 2006)
Directed by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador. Cast: Nieve De Medina, Montse Mostaza, Asuncion Diaz, Alejandra Lorenzo, Mariana Cordero. When single mother nurse Gloria has financial difficulties, her colleague and friend Dr. Ana Torres invites her to move with her six year-old daughter into her big house where she runs a gynecologic clinic. In return, Gloria would assist Ana in her clinic in the afternoons. Gloria soon discovers that Ana runs an abortion clinic, and also that she is lesbian and has a crush on her. When Ana gets pregnant by her lover Javier, Ana proposes an abortion. After more than three months, the reluctant Gloria accepts her offer with tragic consequences. 68 min. DVD X477
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Pena, penita, pena (Mexico / Spain, 1953)
Directed by Miguel Morayta. Cast: Lola Flores, Luis Aguilar, Antonio Badu, Manuel Luna. Brothers Carlos and Luis Melgor find themselves with no money in a hotel in Madrid. Their rich father living in Mexico is behind on sending them money and they have to pawn their suits. They enter a nightclub and meet Carmen, a pretty gypsy and a lottery vendor, who desires to go to Mexico. She convinces them to buy lottery tickets and requires that they must share the money with her if they win. 90 min. DVD 8583
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Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón (1980)
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Carmen Maura, Félix Rotaeta, Paco Femenia, Olvido Gara"Alaska", Eva Siva. Set during Madrid's punk era. The film is an outrageous comedy which follows docile housewife Luci, her trendy, marijuana smoking neighbour Pepi and rock star Bom 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. 86 min. DVD X4801; vhs 999:2400
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Perdona Bonita, Pero Lucas Me Quería a Mí. (1996)
Directed by Félix Sabroso-Dunia Ayaso. In this comedy three gay roomates decide they need another roomer to meet expenses. They accept Lucas and each of them falls in love with him. This creates considerable tension until the day Lucas is found dead. When two cops show up that is when the real fun begins. In Spanish without subtitles. PAL format. 90 min. DVD X5460; vhs 999:1853
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El Pisito (1958)
Directed by Marco Ferreri and Isidoro M. Ferry. Rodolfo and Petrita are one of those engaged couples who cannot marry because they are not able to find a place to live. For 12 years they await the death of dona Martina, Rodolfo's benefactress, who has promised to bequeath them her furniture and the flat she occupies. Based on a novel with the same title by Rafael Azcona. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 95 min. vhs 999:1778
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Plácido (1961)
Directed by Luis García Berlanga. Cast: Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez, Casto Sendra, "Cassen," Elvira Quintilla, Manuel Alexandre, Mari Carmen Yepes. In a small Spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor man at your table" dinner: each wealthy household of the town will have a homeless person dining with them that night. The celebration also includes a parade, and in it we find Placido, the humble owner of a three-wheeler, whose family is forced to live in a public lavatory because of the lack of money to pay the rent, and who has to pay the second bill of his vehicle before midnight or else he will lose it. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 85 min. DVD 2174; vhs vhs 999:1793
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La Plaça del Diamante (1981)
Directed by Francesc Betriú. Two opposing characters--she, docile and sensitive, he, domineering yet childish--are forced to mature when their lives are shattered by a tragic, cruel and violent civil war. In Spanish with titles. 112 min. vhs 999:815
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¿Por Qué Pecamos a los Cuarenta? (1970)
Director, Pedro Lazaga. To help Alejandro celebrate his overseas accomplishments, his friends host a private dinner party for him, during which they discuss the good old days. While his friends seem to have aged and become less active, Alejandro proves that at forty one can truly live a second youth. In Spanish without subtitles. 103 min. vhs 999:3552
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Princesas (2005)
Directed by Fernando León de Aranoa. Cast: Candela Peña, Micaela Nevarez, Mariana Gordero. Caye, a Madrid prostitute, comes to the aid of Zulema, a Dominican streetwalker beaten by a government official blackmailing her for free sex. They form a strong bond and imagine themselves as royalty, to offer them a glimpse of hope. 114 min. DVD 7849
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Promedio rojo(Spain | Chile, 2004)
Directed by Nicolás López. Cast: Ariel Levy, Xenia Tostado, Benjamín Vicuña. Nerdy comic book aficionado Roberto Rodriguez battles low self-esteem, loser friends and vicious high school bullies as he vies for the heart of Cristina, the hot new girl from Madrid. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 100 min. DVD X4149
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Puente de Coplas (1961)
Directed by Santos Alcocer. A musical film of romantic intrigues set among the rancheros of Spain designed to highlight famous Spanish dancers and singers. Performers: Singers: Antonio Molina, Rafael Farina, Angela Bravo, Sun de Sander, Mariya Tamayo, Manuel de Juan, Manuel Atalaya, Porrina de Badajoz, Maruja Baena, Espeleta de Cadiz. Dancers: Lola Zori, Paquita Sadorni, Margarita Ga. Bueno, Perua Morena, Eugenio de Badajoz y Maria Luisa a la guitarra Nino Ricardo y Aurora de Alba. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 100 min. vhs 999:1796
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¿Qué hace una chica como tú en un sitio como éste? (What's a Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?) (1978)
Directed by Fernando Colomo. A woman who is separated from her husband meets a rock singer through some friends who invites her to one of his concerts. When her husband finds out, he takes their two children away from her. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 105 min. vhs 999:1504
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¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto? (What Have I Done to Deserve This?) (1984)
Director, Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Carmen Maura, Luis Hostalot, Gonzalo Suarez, Veronica Forque. Gloria is a very resourceful working-class housewife, a true feminist heroine who's on the go 18 hours a day, trying to keep her outrageously wacky family afloat. Comedy and tragedy blend to portray a surreal and perverse fable of contemporary life. 101 min. DVD 1886; vhs 999:664
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[Rec] (Spain, 2007)
Directed by Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza. Cast: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso, David Vert, Vicente Gil, Martha Carbonell, Carlos Vincente, Ma Teresa Ortega, Manuel Bronchud, Akemi Goto, Kao Chen-Min, Maria Lanau, Claudia Silva, Javier Botet, Ben Temple. Summary A beautiful, young TV reporter and her crew cover the night shift at the local fire station. When the station receives a call from an old lady trapped in the her apartment, the reporter and crew decide to ride along. Once the building is sealed off, the news crew, firefighters, and residents all become trapped inside, and with the camera running, nothing may survive but the film itself. 78 min. DVD X1885
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Remando al Viento (1988)
Director, Gonzalo Suárez. In the summer of 1816, Percy Shelley, his mistress Mary and her stepsister Claire visit Lord Byron at Lake Geneva. Byron challenges each to write a horror story, and Mary begins her novel, Frankenstein. She imagines the monster becoming real and for the next six years, as tragedy befalls those around her, she believes her personification of her imagination is the cause. In Spanish without subtitles. 96 min. vhs 999:3537
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Retrato de Familia (1976)
Director, Antonio Giménez-Rico. The socio-political events in Spain during the year 1918, 1931, and 1936 condition the life of Cecilio Rubes, even though he tries to remain neutral. His son Cecil dies during one conflict. At the end, saddened and disillusioned, Cecilio jumps out the window. In Spanish without subtitles. 110 min. vhs 999:3555
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Retrato de mujer con hombre al fondo (1991)
Directed by Manane Rodriguez. Cast: Paulina Gálvez, Bruno Squarcia. When Cristina, a thirty-five old woman, comes to the conclusion that love is nothing but a source of pain, she decides to close herself up in her own world. Devoting herself only to work she builds a barrier in her personal life. However, one day she again falls in love, bringing down the foundations of her well constructed and organized life. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 102 min. vhs 999:3914
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La Revoltosa (1991)
An operetta centering around the great beauty, Mari-Pepa, who uses her charms to cause mischief among married men, much to the anger of their womenfolk, who one night decide to get even with Maria-Pepa and their wayward husbands. Directed by Juan de Orduna. Spanish without titles. PAL format. 75 min. vhs 999:1782

El Rey Pasmado (pain / France / Portugal, 1996)
Directed by Imanol Uribe. It is the 17th century and the king of Spain is a young man, inexperienced in politics and love. Nevertheless, he soon discovers a world of new sensations in the arms of Marfisa, one of the most beautiful prostitutes of the court. The news runs from mouth to mouth, filtering through the walls of the palace. Spanish without titles. Based on the novel Cronica del Rey Pasmado by Gonzalo Torrente Ballester. 105 min. Spanish without subtitles. DVD 3316; also VHS (PAL) vhs 999:1780
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Del Rosa - al Amarillo (1963)
Director, Manuel Summers. A parallel love story about two youths, Guillermo and Margarita and an elderly couple, Valentin and Joséfa. In the first story Guillermo falls for an older girl of 14 but is unable to win her affection. In the second story two residents of an old folks home for the poor express their love through letters to each other. In Spanish without subtitles. 88 min. vhs 999:3539
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Salomé
In this adaptation of the Biblical story of Salomé a director prepares a troupe of flamenco dancers for a performance. He explains to the dancers and crew that in his version, Salomé is in love with John the Baptist and when the prophet rejects her, she seeks revenge. We meet the principals, watch rehearsals, a dress rehearsal, and then the performance. Presented with great flare through the performance of consummate flamenco dancer and actress Aida Gomez as Salome. Cast: Aída Gómez, Pere Arquillué, Paco Mora, Carmen Villena, Javier Toca. Special feautures: "Looking for 'Salomé'" featurette ; original theatrical trailer. Directed by Carlos Saura. 2002. 83 min. DVD X2210
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Salvador Puig Antich (Spain / UK, 2006)
Director, Manuel Huerga. Cast: Daniel Bruhl, Tristan Ulloa, Leonor Watling, Ingrid Rubio, Leonardo Sbaraglia. A dramatization of true life anarchist and bank-robber Salvador Puig Antich, whose 1974 execution under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco ushered in a period of unrest that helped Spain transition to democracy. 137 min. DVD 8595
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Los Santos Inocentes (1984)
Director, Mario Camus. A peasant family working for well-to-do landowners in northern Spain struggles with the callousness of the employers and dreams of rising out of poverty and changing their life of subordination. Non-US format DVD. 105 min. DVD 2176
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Sé Infiel y No Mires con Quién (1985)
Directed by Fernando Trueba. Paco and Fernando have succeeded in promoting a best seller for Adela Mora. Paco asks Fernando for his house to carry on an affair. Paco's wife asks Fernando's wife for her house to carry on her own affair. Fernando suspects that his wife is having an affair with Oscar and Oscar thinks Fernando is a homosexual who is having an affair with his partner. In Spanish without subtitles. 86 min. vhs 999:3541
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Secretos del Corazón (Secrets of the Heart) (France / Portugal / Spain, 1997)
Directed by Montxo Armendáriz. Javi believes he can hear the voices of the dead and that they whisper to him their secrets, which were left unspoken in life. At his mother's house in the mountains, he is fascinated by the room in which his father died and which his mother carefully keeps locked. But, Javi also learns that the living have their secrets as well. 108 min. DVD 610
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Sexo por compasion (Compassionate Sex) (Spain / Mexico, 2001)
Directed by Laura Mana. Cast: Elizabeth Margoni, Alex Angulo, Pilar Bardem, Juan Carlos Colombo, Carmen Salinas, Mariola Fuentes, Leticia Huijara, Damian Alcazar, José Sancho. Dolores is a mature and kind woman whose husband abandons her because he can't stand her generosity. Desperate to get her husband back, she decides to devote her life to works of charity. She decides that one of her charitable acts is to go to bed with all the other men of the town. Dolores, now known as"Lolita," becomes so famous that all men seek out her help now. It is through her compassionate sex that she brings back the color and happiness to a town that was immersed in sadness. 107 min. DVD 5244
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Si te dicen que caí (If They Tell You I Fell) (Spain, 1989)
Directed by Vicente Aranda. Cast: Victoria Abril, Jorge Sanz, Antonio Banderas, Javier Gurruchaga, Guillermo Montesinos. In the post Spanish civil war years, Catalan kids would sit in circles among the ruins and tell 'aventis', stories with no beginning or end or purpose, to vent frustration about the times. The movie tells these creative stories as flashbacks. 120 min. DVD 8155
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Schwartz, Stephen. "The paradoxes of film and the recovery of historical memory: Vicente Aranda's works on the Spanish Civil War." Film History, 2008, Vol. 20 Issue 4, p501-507, 7p UC users only

Sin dejar huella (Without a Trace) (Spain / Mexico, 2000)
Directed by María Novaro. Cast: Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Tiaré Scanda, Jesús Ochoa, Martín Altomaro. The story of two women on the run: one a Spanish dealer in ersatz Mayan relics the other a young mother who has run away from her drug dealer boyfriend and who hopes to build a better life for her two children. The two women ultimately form a bond of solidarity and camaraderie that is put to the test when both a border officer and the boyfriend catch up with them. 113 min. DVD X997
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Smoking Room (2002)
Directed by Roger Gual and Julio D. Wallovits. Cast: Eduard Fernandez, Juan Diego, Antonio Dechent, Chete Lera. Ramirez, an employee of an American company in Spain, is collecting signatures to protest a smoking ban in the office. His colleagues agree with him, and their individualism, selfishness and cowardice surface. Special features (Disc 2): Making of, additional scenes, extra features ; story boards. 92 min. DVD 8635
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Solas (1vhs 999)
Directed by Benito Zambrano. Cast: María Galiana, Ana Fernández, Carlos Álvarez, Antonio Dechent, Paco de Osca, Juan Fernández, Miguel Alcibar. A touching story about women whose emotional lives are as rich as their surroundings are poor. Maria is a troubled woman who drinks, smokes, and steals, desperate for oblivion and angry at the entire world. Emotional rescue comes in the form of her own mother who comes to visit while her father is in the hospital. Her mother cooks, crochets and befriends the gentlemanly neighbor who lives downstairs, while patiently trying to reach out to her own daughter. 101 min. DVD X957
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Soldados de Salamina (Soldiers of Salamina) (2003)
Directed by David Trueba. Cast: Ariadna Gil, Ramon Fontser?e, Joan Dalmau, Maria Botto, Diego Luna. Lola reacts with disdain and exasperation when asked to write an article inspired by the Spanish Civil War for the newspaper where she works. To her the war is ancient history and no longer relevant. But a reader's response to her article puts her on the trail of a mystery stemming from the last days of the war. In the process she becomes more interested in what motivated those who fought in the war. Based on the novel Soldados de Salamina by Javier Cercas. 114 min. DVD 8855
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Faulkner, Sally. "Imagining Time, Embodying Time in David Trueba's Soldados de Salamina (2003)." Journal of Iberian & Latin American Research, Jul2011, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p81-94, 14p UC users only
Hughes, Arthur J. "Between History and Memory: Creating a New Subjectivity in David Trueba's Film Soldados de Salamina." Bulletin of Spanish Studies, May2007, Vol. 84 Issue 3, p369-386, 18p UC users only

Solos en la Madrugada (1978)
Directed by José Luis Garci. The host of a midnight radio talk-show discusses the problems of the night life of Madrid. Many themes treated in the program are mirrored in the life of the announcer's wife. Spanish without titles. PAL. 108 min. vhs 999:1946
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Spinnin' (Spain, 2007)
Directed by Eusebio Pastrana. Cast: Alejandro Tous, Olav Fernandez, Zoraida Kroley, Agustín Ruíz, Eduardo Velasco. Garate and Omar are a gay couple looking for a woman to mother their child. The obstacles they face are often realistic, yet their story also presents a utopian vision of a world in which all couples, whether gay or straight can reside happily within the spectrum of the modern family. 95 min. DVD X7024
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Sud express (Spain / Portugal, 2005)
Directors, Chema de la Pña, Gabriel Velázquez. Cast: Gerald Morales, Tino Guimaraes, German A. Joao, Lidia Pinville, Javier Delgado, Pilar Borrego. A slice of life portrait of various people who live near or travel on the Sud Express train that runs between Paris and Lisbon. 95 min. DVD 8589
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Sueños de oro (Mexico / Spain, 1958)
Directed by Miguel Zacarías. Cast: Lola Flores, Julio Aldama, Felix Gonzalez, Carmen Flores. In this musical comedy the beautiful gypsy Carmen flees to avoid being forced into an arranged marriage to a man she does not love. She runs into the director of a show and convinces him that she should join his troup to sing and dance in Mexico. In Spanish without English subtitles. 79 min. DVD 8582
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El Sur (Spain / France, 1983)
Director, Victor Erice. Estrella, a little girl from Southern Spain who has been uprooted to the North, maintains a sentimentalized attachment to the region of her birth, an attachment manifested in her love for her father. The girl's rose-colored memories are shattered when she learns that her beloved dad once carried on an affair with a Southern woman, and that the flames of passion still smolder within him. In Spanish without subtitles. 92 min. vhs 999:3533
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Tacones Lejanos (High Heels) (1991)
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. The husband of a TV anchorwoman, ex-lover of her long-estranged singer-actress mother, is mysteriously killed, and both mother and daughter come under suspicion in a frenzied investigation filled with romantic mix-ups and mistaken identities. 113 min. DVD X4747; vhs 999:668
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Tango (Tango, no me dejes nunca) (Spain / Argentina, 1998)
Directed by Carlos Saura. Set in Buenos Aires with a rich blend of muted light and intoxicating dance this film tells the story of director Mario Suarez's quest to create the ultimate tango film. Complications develop when Mario falls in love with Elena, a talented young dancer who is the girlfriend of an investor in the picture. And Mario's creative vision is challenged by his investors when he plans a scene that recreates Argentina's dark years of political suppression and"disappearances." 115 min.DVD 6194; vhs 999:2650
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Tasio (1984)
Directed by Montxo Armendáriz. Shows the life of a man born at the foot of the Sierra de Urbasa mountain. Shows life in a small town involving coal mining, marriage, fishing, hunting, and saddling horses. Spanish without English subtitles. PAL format. 119 min. vhs 999:1938
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El taxista ful (The Taxi Thief) (2005)
Directed by Jo Sol. Cast: Pepe Rovira, Marc Sempere, Marcos Rovira, Dinero Gratis. Jose R. carries out his routine as a taxi driver around the streets of Barcelona. His life would be the same as any 52 year-old taxi driver if it weren't for the fact that the taxis that he drives are stolen. Jose steals so that he can work. 81 min. DVD 8634
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Teresa, el cuerpo de Cristo (Theresa: The Body of Christ) (France / Spain / UK, 2007)
Directed by Ray Loriga. Cast: Paz Vega, Leonor Watling, Geraldine Chaplin, Jose Luis Gomez. In Castilla, the daughter of a nobleman Teresa de Ahumada joins a convent seeking a spiritual life. Teresa embarks on a crusade of prayer and sacrifice that initially finds her branded a lunatic by those in power but after a periods of prayer and sacrifice, her claims that she has visions of Jesus attract the attention of the church hierarchy. A drama based on the life of Spain's feminist mystic Saint Teresa of Avila. 121 min. DVD X1000
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Tesis (1996)
Directed by Alejandro Amenábar. Angela is preparing a thesis on violence and the media. Figueroa, her project director, accidentally discovers a film and on the following day he turns up dead. Angela follows her curiosity and gets in up to her neck. 126 min. DVD X6162; vhs 999:1803 (vhs has no English subtitles) (PAL)
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La teta y la luna (La teta i la lluna)(The Tit and the Moon)(Spain / France, 1994)
Directed by Bigas Luna. Cast: Biel Durán, Gerard Darmon, Mathilda May, Miguel Poveda. A lighthearted comedy touching upon the themes of sibling jealousy, the Oedipus complex and unrequited love. A young boy envious of the attention his mother displays to his baby brother becomes obsessed with an actress. However, he must compete for her affections with other admirers. 85 min. DVD X998
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Tiempo de silencio (1986)
Directed by Vicente Aranda. Cast: Imanol Arias, Victoria Abril, Juan Echanove ; Francisco Rabal, Charo Lopez, Francisco Algora, Joaquin Hinojosa. In 1949 Madrid a doctor performs an abortion on a gypsy woman in an attempt to save her life, but is unsuccessful. The police accuse him of murder. The film follows his efforts in avoiding capture and at the same time gives an ironic view of the different social strata of Madrid at this time. Based on a novel with the same title by Luis Martin Santos. In Catalan without English subtitles. 107 min. DVD 8636
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Tierra (Earth) (1996)
Directed by Julio Medem. Cast: Carmelo Gómez, Emma Suárez, Karra Elejalde, Silke, Nancho Novo, Txema Blasco, Ane Sánchez, Juan José Suárez "Paquete," Ricardo Amador. Called to fumigate the land after a plague of woodlice imparts a distinctive, earthy taste to the wine, Angel tries vainly to keep body and soul together even as he falls in love with demure, unhappily married Angela and in lust with the highly sexed Mari: women reflective of his own split personality. Is he insane-- or is he really connected to the cosmos? 122 min. DVD X5751; vhs 999:2922
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Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother) (1999)
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan, Penelope Cruz. Manuela is the perfect mother. A hard-working nurse, she's built a comfortable life for herself and her teenage son. But when tragedy strikes and her son is killed in a car accident, her world crumbles. 102. DVD 319
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Awards

Academy Award - Foreign Language Film
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics' Choice Awards: Best Foreign Film
Golden Globe Award: Best Foreign Language Film:
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
National Society of Film Critics: Best Foreign Language Film

Todos a la Cárcel (1993)
Directed by Luis García Berlanga. A celebration in honor of the"International Day of Awareness" brings together political prisoners in a model Valencia prison, politicians and entertainers in a comedy of errors. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 105 min. vhs 999:1854
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Torremolinos 73 (Spain | Denmark, 2003)
Directed by Pablo Berger. Cast: Javier Camara, Candela Peña, Juan Diego, Malena Alterio, Fernando Tejero. Alfredo Lopez is a tired encyclopedia salesman, and Carmen is his faithful wife. The lives of this married couple change forever when Alfredo's boss makes a proposal to them to make erotic films to besold in Scandinavian countries, under the guise of being a false encyclopedia about reproduction. Carmen becomes an adult film star in the Northern countries, and a Danish crew flies in to help Alfredo, by now an aspiring serious film maker, to make an Ingmar Bergman inspired feature film called "Torremolinos 73." Instead of a career in show business, however, Carmen is eager to have a baby. 91 min. DVD X3392; vhs 999:3889
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Tres días (Before the Fall)(Spain, 2008)
Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez. Cast: Víctor Clavijo, Mariana Cordero, Eduard Fernández, Daniel Casadella. When the governments of all nations announce that a giant meteorite will collide with Earth in 72 hours, humanity erupts in chaos and despair. But in the small Spanish village of Laguna, slacker handyman Alejandro now faces an even more immediate horror: a notorious serial killer has escaped from prison and vowed revenge on Alejandro's mother, nieces, and nephews. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 97 min. DVD X3509
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Tristana (France / Italy / Spain, 1970)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Performers: Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, Franco Nero. Set in 1920's Spain, this film is a scathing examination of moral decay. Tristana, a victim of her own captivating beauty, is desired by two men. One is her lecherous guardian whose physical advances repulse her and cause her to have nightmares of his death, and the other is a young artist who wants to marry her, but lacks the courage. 98 min. DVD 4211; vhs 999:798
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Truhanes (1983)
Director, Miguel Hermosa. Gonzalo Millares, swindler and con artist, ends up in prison because of one of his scams. He becomes friends with Gines, an old pickpocket who is respected inside. Gines and Gonzalo make a pact that Gines will protect Gonzalo until they are released -- then Gonzalo will take care of Gines. But when they are released, Gonzalo finds he may have more than he can handle. In Spanish without subtitles. 102 min. vhs 999:3542
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Vacas (Cows) (1991)
Directed by Julio Medem. Cast: Emma Suarez, Carmelo Gomez, Ana Torrent, Karra Elejalde, Txema Blasco, Kandido Uranga, Klara Badiola. A saga spanning over half a century of the twisted goings on between families in Northern Spain. From the Carlist Wars of 1875 to the Spanish Civil War in the thirties, the fathers, sons and grandsons are locked in an absurdly stubborn and emotionally exhausting conflict. Sometimes there seems to be no escape from how family ties dictates our fate. 92 min. DVD 8606
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La Vaquilla (1985)
Directed by Luis García Berlanga. Cast: Alfredo Landa, José Sacristan, Guillermo Montesinos, Santiago Ramos, Carlos Velat. During the Spanish Civil War, a group of republican soldiers plans a raid on a village fiesta. In Spanish without titles. 118 min. vhs 999:1777
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Archibald, David "No Laughing Matter: Comedy and the Spanish Civil War in Cinema." In: Historical comedy on screen: subverting history with humour / edited by Hannu Salmi. Bristol [England] ; Chicago : Intellect, 2011. (Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only))
La Verdad Sobre el Caso Savolta (France / Spain / Italy, 1978)
Director, Antonio Drove. Cast: José Luis López Vázquez, Charles Denner, Omero Antonutti, Ovidi Montllor, Ettore Manni. Weapons manufacturer Savolta and his partner expand their business at the expense of their workers. His 'goons' use violence to supress sérikes but one day, they go too far when they kill a worker who is in contact with anarchists. In Spanish without subtitles. 125 min. DVD 3318; also vhs 999:3547
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A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Un Señor Muy Viejo Con Unas Alas Enormes) (Spain / Cuba / Italy, 1988)
Directed by Fernando Birri. Cast: Daisy Granados, Asdrubal Melendez, Luis Alberto Ramírez, Fernando Birri. Amid the debris of a Columbian cyclone lands a man whose seemingly miraculous anatomy attracts the curious and devout from around the world. Silent and disheveled, this fantastical"creature" is housed in a chicken coop as onlookers wait for his heavenly message which turns out to be a very mixed blessing. Based on a story by Gabriel García Márquez. 90 min. vhs 999:488
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El Viaje a Ninguna Parte (1986)
Director, Fernando Fernon-Gomez. Cast: José Sacristan, Laura Del Sol, Juan Diego, Maria Luisa Ponte, Gabino Diego. An amusing story of a group of traveling actors and actresses in Spain who don't always remember with precision what their relationships are. Work inter-mixes with love, economic problems, and their triumphant dreams. In Spanish without subtitles. Non-US format DVD. 127 min. DVD 2178
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Viaje de Carol (Carol's Journey) (2004)
Directed by Imanol Uribe. Cast: Clara Lago, Juan José Ballesta, Alvaro de Luna, Maria Barranco, Carmelo Gomez, Rosa Ma Sarda. Carol's journey: Carol, a 12-year-old Spanish-American girl from New York, travels with her mother to Spain in the spring of 1938, at the height of the Spanish Civil War. Separated from her beloved father, she arrives in her mother's home village and transforms the secretive family environment. Her innocence and rebellious nature drive her at first to reject a world that is both new and foreign. But she soon journeys into adulthood through a friendship with the village teacher and a young local boy. 100 min. DVD 6317
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La vida abismal (Life in the Abyss) (2007)
Directed by Ventura Pons. Cast: Óscar Jaenada, José Sospedra, Antonio Valero, Juli Mira. It's 1972 and Ferran is a gambler when gambling is illegal in Cataluña. He is from the country and plays cards to make a living, but also to distract himself from the monotony of everyday life. Soon his new friend, Chino, proposes a con so that they can better afford their habit. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 90 min. DVD X4039
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La vida de nadie (Nobody's Life) (2002)
Directed by Eduard Cortés. Cast: José Coronado, Adriana Ozores, Roberto Álvarez, Marta Etura, Adrián Portugal. Emilio works as an economist at the Bank of Spain. He is happily married to Agatha and has a son. He meets a college student, Rosana. She is looking for scholarships and asks Emilio for help. Their relationship grows when she keeps visiting him at work. What nobody knows is that Emilio has been living a lie, and the truth eventually comes out and ruins his life. 103 min. DVD X3685
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La virgen de los sicarios (Our Lady of the Assassins) (Spain | France | Colombia, 2001)
Director, Barbet Schroeder. Cast: German Jaramillo, Anderson Ballesteros, Juan David Restrepo, Manuel Busquets. An older writer, Fernando, returns to his hometown, Medellin, Colombia. There he falls in love with 16-year-old assassin, Alexis. After Alexis is killed, Fernando hunts for his killer in the Medellin slums and falls in love with Wilmar, a boy who resembles Alexis. 101 min. DVD 2078
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Viridiana (Spain / Mexico, 1961)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Silvia Pinal, Francisco Rabal, Fernando Rey. Viridiana, about to take religious vows, visits her uncle at his country estate. He drugs her and attempts rape, and hangs himself, leaving the estate to Viridiana and his illegitimate son Jorge. While Jorge pursues plans to modernize the estate, Viridiana attempts to convert it into a haven for derelicts. A powerful film widely considered to be one of Bunel's most important works. 90 min. DVD 6625; vhs 999:243
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival: Palme d'Or

Viva la Muerte (Long Live Death) (France / Tunisia, 1970)
Directed by Fernando Arrabal. Cast: Madhi Chaouch, Anouk Ferjac, Ivan Henriques, Nuria Espert, Jazia Klibi. Fando is a young boy whose father has been arrested for treason during the Spanish civil war. He struggles with his father's arrest, and in a shocking moment discovers a letter in which his mother admits to betraying his father. His mother convinces him that his father committed suicide in prison, but Fando doubts this and attempts to discover his father's true fate. 87 min. DVD 6126
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Brown, Edward G. Arrabal's Viva La Muerte! From Novel to Filmscript. Literature Film Quarterly, 1984, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p136, 6p UC users only
"The Future of Cinema Belong to Poets". (Interview with F. Arrabal) Cineaste; Spring76, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p22-25, 4p
Striker, Ardelle. "From Baal Babylone to Viva la muerte: Reflections on the Visions of Fernando Arrabal." West Virginia University Philological Papers, vol. 26, pp. 53-59, Aug. 1980
Valleau, Marjorie Anne. In: The Spanish Civil War In Film: A Comparison of American and Continental Narrative Cinema (Dissertation: New York University, 1977. 1977) Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only)

Volver(2006)
Directed by Almodóvar. Cast: Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Due~nas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo, Chus Lampreave, Antonio de la Torre, Carlos Blanco. Raimunda lives in Madrid with her daughter Paula and her drunk husband Paco. Her sister, Sole, is separated and works clandestinely as a hairstylist for women. Years ago, in the sisters birth village, they lost their parents in a fire in La Mancha. Their aunt, Paula, still lives in the village and continues to speak about her sister Irene, mother of the two sisters, as if she were still alive. When the old aunt dies the situation changes and the past returns. 121 min. DVD 7342
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Awards
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Volver a Empezar(1982)
Directed by José Luis Garci. Cast: Antonio Ferrandis, Encarna Paso, Jose Bodalo, Agustin Gonzalez. An exiled Spanish writer and U.C. Berkeley professor returns to his native town to re-live old memories and meets his sweetheart of 40 years ago. 90 min. vhs 999:1942
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Yerma (1998)
Directed by Pilar Tavora. Cast: Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Irene Papas, Juan Diego. Yerma is the lonely housewife of a Spanish farmer. She longs to have a child, but believes she is unable to conceive. Upon learning from an elderly psychic woman that the problem may have more to do with her husband, Yerma rebels against her lonely life and her place in society. Based on a work of the same title by Federico García Lorca. 118 min. DVD 5309
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Yo (Me) (2006)
Directed by Rafa Cortés. Cast: Álex Brendemühl, Margalida Grimalt, Rafel Ramis. A handyman named Hans moves to a small town in Majorca where his presence strikes a discord with the local residents. 78 min. DVD X5948
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Yo Soy Esa (1990)
Director, Luis Sanz. Cast: Isabel Pantoja, José Coronado, Loles León, Alberto Alonso, Elisa Matilla. At the premier of her own movie the famous Spanish singer Carmen sees in the character she has portrayed on the screen the sad reality of her own life. In Spanish without subtitles. 95 min. vhs 999:3531
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Yo Soy el que Tú Buscas (I'm the One You're Looking For) (Austria / Spain 1988).
Directed by Jaime Chávarri. Through the exotic streets of Barcelona's underworld, the darker side of love and sexuality comes to life in this psychological thriller about a beautiful celebrity model seeking revenge from her rapist. Vengeful desire becomes an uncontrollable obsession when she teams up with a short-tempered taxi driver and a hot-blooded erotic dancer in her frantic search. Spanish with English subtitles. 85 min. vhs 999:486
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Yo soy la Juani (2006)
Directed by Bigas Luna. Cast: Dani Martin, Laya Marti, Gorka Lasaosa, Jose Chaves, Mercedes Hoyos. A pair of women leave their small town and dud boyfriends behind for fun in Madrid. 88 min. DVD 8623
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Los Zancos (The Stilts) (1984)
Directed by Carlos Saura. Cast: Laura del Sol, Fernando Fernan Gomez, Francisco Rabal, Antonio Banderas. An aging professor has a brief devastating affair with a young woman who has saved him from suicide after the death of his wife. In Spanish without subtitles. 95 min. vhs 999:1681
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La Zona (Spain | Argentina | Mexico, 2007)
Directed by Rodrigo Plá. Cast: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Carlos Bardem, Daniel Tovar, Alan Chávez, Marina de Tavira, Mario Zaragoza, Maribel Verdú. Alejandro lives in the center of Mexico City in an enclosed, self-sufficient zone surrounded by ghettos and policed by a powerful private security force. As dawn breaks on his birthday, three teens from the adjacent poorer neighborhood break into one of The Zone's houses. In the confusion, an old lady is killed, but a young housemaid escapes and warns the security guards. The guards shoot two of the robbers, but the third escapes and remains hidden inside The Zone. The Zone's residents meet at Alejandro's family's house to discuss what to do. After a heated debate, they decide not to report the crime to the police and to hunt the burglars down themselves. 93 min. DVD X6539
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Awards
Toronto Film Festival: People's Choice Award

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Portuguese Cinema

Documentaries by Pedro Costa

Uma Abelha na Chuva (A Bee in the Rain) (Portugal, 1971)
Directed by Fernando Lopes. Cast: Laura Soveral, Joã:o Guedes, Zita Duarte, Ruy Furtado, Carlos Ferreiro. This drama, centering on a crime in a Portuguese rural town, examines the minutae of the daily life and intrigues of two scions of society. One is a wealthy landowner, the other a widowed aristocrat who lives in a world of her own. 65 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5268
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Ala-Arriba (Portugal, 1942)
Directed by José Leitão de Barros. Cast: Elsa Bela-Flor, Luis Pinto, Madalena Vilaca, Maria Olguim. This historical documentary and drama tells a tale of romance set in the 1940s in a Northern Portuguese fishing village, where the actors were real fisherman from the area playing themselves in the film. 117 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5186
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Aldeia de Roupa Branca (Portugal, 1939)
Directed by Chianca de Garcia. Cast: Beatriz Costa, Manuel Santos Carvalho, José Amaro, Oscar de Lemos, Elvira Velez. Gracinda, a young laundry washer, lives with her godfather"Uncle" Jacinto and together they run a family laundry. Unfortunately, the business is not going very well, but that changes when Gracinda goes to the city to convince Chico,"Uncle" Jacinto's son, to return to the village. Meanwhile the village is preparing for the annual festivities and a dispute erupts between Jacinto and his business rival, the widow Quiteria, when each of them invites different bands to play during the party and dances. 84 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5269
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Le Bassin de J. W. (The Hips of J.W.) (Portugal, 1997)
Directed by João César Monteiro. Cast: João César Monteiro, Pierre Clementi, Hugues Quester. This comedy contrasts two men, Henrique and Jean de Dieu, appearing in a producton of Strindberg's The Inferno. Offstage Henrique is a seaman with an adverturous life, and de Dieu is the play's director. This idiosyncratic film serves up an eccentric entree of philosophical concepts with some comedic entremets. The"J.W." of the film's title is John Wayne, a reference to Henrique's fascination with Wayne's swagger. 128 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5169
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Branca de Neve (Snow White) (Portugal, 2000)
Directed by João César Monteiro. Cast: Diogo Doria, Ana Brandao, Maria do Carmo, Reginaldo da Cruz, Luís Miguel Cintra. This dark fable picks up the story of Snow White where Grimm left off, but the characters are given a free rein, even to the extent of poking fun at the tale. 75 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5194
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A Caixa (Blind Man's Bluff) (Portugal, 1994)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Luís Miguel Cintra, Glicinia Quartin, Ruy de Carvalho, Beatriz Batarda, Diogo Dria. Everyday an old blind man sits in a doorway begging for money, while his daughter spends her days ironing and complaining. Their neighborhood is not wealthy, and many a passerby is envious of the old beggar's box of accumulating coins. It has been stolen before so the man and the daughter's boyfriend keep an eye on it, but eventually tragedy ensues when the box disappears again. 92 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5277
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Johnson, Randal. Manoel de Oliveira Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.O44 J65 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "An Ethical Cinema." Cineaste, Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p18-21, 4p UC users only
Rapfogel, Jared. "A Steady Gaze: The Films of Manoel de Oliveira." Cineaste; Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Game for a century." Sight & Sound; Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p40-44, 5p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classical Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

A Canção de Lisboa (Portugal, 1933)
Directed by José Cottinelli Telmo. Cast: Vasco Santana, Beatriz Costa, Antonio Silva. Vasco Leitã:o's aunts support him while he lives and attends school in the capital. But Vasco is more enthusiastic about women (especially young Alice) and other non-academic activities than about attending school. On the same day Vasco fails an important exam he also receives notice of his aunts' planned visit to Lisbon. 116 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5192
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Os canibais (The Cannibals) (Portugal / France / West Germany / Italy /Switzerland, 1988)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Luís Miguel Cintra, Leonor Silveira, Diogo Dória, Oliveira Lopes, Pedro T. Da Silva, Joel Costa, Glória Matos. Summary A dark comic operetta about the wedding night of Margarida and the viscount of Alveleda. The action becomes more surreal and macabre as the film progresses. This odd film is a major representative of an even odder film genre: direct-to-celluloid opera. It was commissioned by the Portuguese master of style, director Manoel de Oliveira from composer João Paes. Musically, it ranges from 19th-century romanticism to popular, modernist and even "post-modernist" styles. Based on the work of Álvaro Carvalhal. 95 min. DVD X2148
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Johnson, Randal. Manoel de Oliveira Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.O44 J65 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "An Ethical Cinema." Cineaste, Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p18-21, 4p UC users only
Rapfogel, Jared. "A Steady Gaze: The Films of Manoel de Oliveira." Cineaste; Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Game for a century." Sight & Sound; Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p40-44, 5p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classical Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

Capitães de abril (April captains) (Spain / Italy / France / Portugal, 2000)
Directed by Maria de Medeiros. Cast: Stefano Accorsi, Maria de Medeiros, Joaquim de Almeida, Frédéric Pierrot. In Portugal, on the night of April 24, 1974 and into the early morning hours of the 25th, a Portuguese radio station aired a banned song - Grandola. It was a pre-planned signal, triggering a military coup that was to change the face of Portugal. A dramatization of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship --which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar --and of two young army captains who were involved in it. 90 min. DVD X979
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A Carta (The Letter; La Lettre) (Portugal, 1vhs 999)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Chiara Mastroianni, Pedro Abrunhosa, Antoine Chappey, Leonor Silveira, Francoise Fabian. Mademoiselle de Chartres is a rebellious woman who has no choice but to follow her passions no matter where they may lead her. She experiences her first heartbreak when a youth who believes in free love abandons her. Her mother's friend Mrs. Silva introduces her to Jacques de Cleves, a doctor of good reputation. Hoping to overcome her bitterness she agrees to marries him but after the marriage falls in love with a young and fashionable singer. Based on novel"Le princesse de Cleves" by Madame de Lafayette. 105 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5229
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize

Johnson, Randal. Manoel de Oliveira Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.O44 J65 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "An Ethical Cinema." Cineaste, Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p18-21, 4p UC users only
Rapfogel, Jared. "A Steady Gaze: The Films of Manoel de Oliveira." Cineaste; Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Game for a century." Sight & Sound; Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p40-44, 5p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classical Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

Casa de Lava (Down to Earth) (Portugal, 1995)
Directed by Pedro Costa. Cast: Ines de Medeiros, Isaach de Bankole, Edith Scob, Pedro Hestnes, Sandra do Canto Brandã:o. Mariana, a nurse assigned to care for an injured immigrant worker, returns to his Cape Verde village with him. She begins to feel almost claustrophobic in the grim environment as she encounters a series of disturbing characters who drag her deeper into their depressing and hopeless lives. In light of this Mariana begins to reevaluate her dissatisfaction with her former life. 110 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5278
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Peranson, Mark. "Pedro costa: an introduction." Cinema Scope, Summer2006, Issue 27, p6-15, 10p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "Cinema of the Future: Still Lives: The Films of Pedro Costa." In: Goodbye cinema, hello cinephilia : film culture in transition / Jonathan Rosenbaum. Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Pacific Film Archive PN1994 .R63 2010)

Cinco dias, cinco noites (Five Days, Five Nights ) (Portugal, 1997)
Directed by José Fonseca e Costa. Cast: Vitor Norte, Paulo Pires, Ana Padrao, Canto e Bastro, Teresa Roby. Set in 1949 Portugal when the country was under strict right-wing government control this drama follows the flight of a 19-year-old political fugitive and the resourceful but mysterious older man who agrees to help him get out of the country. 100 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5219
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A comédia de Deus (God's Comedy) (Portugal | France | Italy | Denmark, 1995)
Directed by João César Monteiro. Cast: Cláudia Teixeira, João César Monteiro, Manuela de Freitas, Max Monteiro, Raquel Ascensão. Joao de Deus spends his days quietly. He divides his time between his job at the Paradise Ice Cream Parlour where, to everyone's satisfaction and delight, he not only carries his duties as manager, but also invents the house-specialty, the renowned "Paradise" ice-cream; and his home, where he invariably spends his free time alone, either doing the housework or lovingly going through his collection of female, pubic hairs in a treasured album which he calls his Book of Thoughts. 165 min. DVD X4640
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O Convento (Portugal / France, 1995)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Luís Miguel Cintra, Leonor Silveira, Duarte d'Almeida. Tells of the journey of Michael Padovic, an American professor who arrives with his wife, Helene, at a Portuguese convent where he expects to find the documents needed to prove his theory: Shakespeare was born in Spain; not in England. The host at the convent is the sinister Baltar, who becomes infatuated with Helene. A classic battle of good versus evil ensues as the flirtation between the two develops, leaving the viewer wondering which one of these characters is the Devil himself. 87 min. DVD X2154
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Johnson, Randal. Manoel de Oliveira Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.O44 J65 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "An Ethical Cinema." Cineaste, Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p18-21, 4p UC users only
Rapfogel, Jared. "A Steady Gaze: The Films of Manoel de Oliveira." Cineaste; Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Game for a century." Sight & Sound; Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p40-44, 5p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classical Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

O Costa do Castelo (Portugal, 1943)
Directed by Arthur Duarte. Cast: Maria Matos, Antonio Silva, Milu, Fernando Ribeiro, Herminia Silva, Manuel Santos Carvalho, Luiz de Campos, Maria Olguim, João Silva. Daniel, son of a wealthy family, poses as a driver in order to get closer to Luisinha, a girl with whom he has fallen in love. Dona Mafalda, Daniel's aunt, discloses his true identity, and, after various turns of events, all live happily ever after in a mansion. PAL format DVD. 135 min. DVD 5290
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A Costa dos Murmúrios (The Murmuring Coast) (Portugal, 2005)
Directed by Margarida Cardoso. Cast: João Ricardo, Dinarte Branco, Sandra Faleiro, Bia Gomes, Fernando Luis, Carlos Pimenta. During the war for independence Evita moves from Lisbon to Mozambique to marry Luis. Love and life are not what she thought they would be as she slowly discovers how different and disturbing life is from her peaceful European home in a country at war. When her husband is sent on a military mission she must fight loneliness along with racism, violence and injustice in Mozambique which makes life unbearable. 115 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5211
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O Crime da Aldeia Velha (Crime de Aldeia Velha) (Portugal, 1964)
Directed by Manuel Guimarães. Cast: Barbara Laage, Rogerio Paulo, Mario Pereira, Maria Olguim, Rui Gomes, Alma Flora, Maria Schultz, Glicinia Quartin. Based on a true story which took place in 1934 in the rural North of Portugal and chronicles the events which led to the sacrificial burning of a woman accused of witchcraft. Provides a shocking indictment of fanaticism and by blurring the boundaries between Christianity and witchcraft, raises timeless and universal questions on the role of religion, its interpretation, application and impact on mankind. 105 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. In Portuguese. DVD 5205
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Crónica dos Bons Malandros (Chronicle of Good Hoodlums) (1984)
Directed by Fernando Lopes. Cast: João Perry, Lia Gama, Maria do Ceu Guerra, Nicolau Breyner, Duarte Nuno, Paulo de Carvalho, Pedro B. Freire. This exaggerated mockery of crime cinema tells the story of a gang lead by"Renato, o pacificio" (Renato, the peaceful) and their attempt to steal precious jewels from the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon. The weapon of choice? Bees! PAL format DVD. 78 min. DVD 5294
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Cristóvão Colombo: o enigma (Anxiety) (Portugal / France, 2007)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Ricardo Trépa, Leonor Baldaque, Manoel de Oliveira, Maria Isabel de Oliveira. In company with his wife, amateur researcher Manuel Luciano da Silva embarks on a quest to officially establish Christopher Columbus' Portuguese roots, only to find his thirst for knowledge overpowering his initial mission in this historical drama. Inspired by the book "Cristóvão Colon era portuguès" by Manuel Luciano Silva and Sílvia Jorge da Silva. 75 min. DVD X2158
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Johnson, Randal. Manoel de Oliveira Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.O44 J65 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "An Ethical Cinema." Cineaste, Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p18-21, 4p UC users only
Rapfogel, Jared. "A Steady Gaze: The Films of Manoel de Oliveira." Cineaste; Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Game for a century." Sight & Sound; Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p40-44, 5p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classical Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

Le Dauphin (O Delfim) (Portugal, 2002)
Directed by Fernando Lopes. Cast: Rogerio Samora, Alexandra Lencastre, Rui Morrison, Isabel Ruth. In fascist Portugal of the late sixties a rich landowner owns everything and everybody around, not only the objects on his estate but also the people, like servants and his beautiful wife whom he keeps secluded inside his house. The triangle formed by him, his wife and his manservant and the tensions produced within it end up in a tragic outcome. 83 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5171
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O dia do desespero (The Day of Despair) (Portugal / France / Switzerland, 1991)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Teresa Madruga, Mário Barroso, Luís Miguel Cintra, Diogo Dória, Canto e Castro, Ruy de Carvalho. Portrait of the last days of the 19th-century Portuguese writer Camilo Castelo Branco who suffered from an eye disease and one day woke up blind. His despair, as a writer unable to write, led him to suicide. 73 min. DVD X2151
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A divina comédia (Portugal / France / Switzerland, 1991)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Maria de Medeiros, Miguel Guilherme, Luís Miguel Cintra, Mário Viegas, Leonor Silveira, Diogo Dória, Paulo Matos, Josó Wallenstein, Ruy Furtado, Carlos Gomes, Maria Joao Pires. In this symbolic film, all of the inhabitants of a Portuguese mental asylum suffer from religious delusions of one kind or another -- even the cynic who denies the value of any religions at all. One couple re-enacts the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden, a woman plays at being St. Teresa de Avila while another man thinks he's a character from a Dostoyevsky novel, and yet another claims to have in his possession a fifth gospel from the Bible. Each has a special message to impart about the meaning of life and religion. 136 min. DVD X2150
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Johnson, Randal. Manoel de Oliveira Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.O44 J65 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "An Ethical Cinema." Cineaste, Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p18-21, 4p UC users only
Rapfogel, Jared. "A Steady Gaze: The Films of Manoel de Oliveira." Cineaste; Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Game for a century." Sight & Sound; Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p40-44, 5p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classical Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

Espelho mágico (Magic Mirror) (Portugal, 2005)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Leonor Silveira, Ricardo Trêpa, Luís Miguel Cintra, Leonor Baldaque, Glória de Matos, Isabel Ruth, Marisa Paredes, Michel Piccoli, Lima Duarte. She has everything, but the wealthy Alfreda desires nothing more than to speak with the Virgin Mary. One of her servants enlists the help of a friend to make her wish come true by employing a village girl to portray Mary. Based on A alma dos ricos by Agustina Bessa-Luís. Special features: interviews with Manoel de Oliveira, Marisa Paredes, Leonor Silveira and Ricardo Trêpa; featurettes on the premieres in Lisbon and Porto; photo gallery; trailers. 137 min. DVD X2152
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Johnson, Randal. Manoel de Oliveira Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.O44 J65 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "An Ethical Cinema." Cineaste, Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p18-21, 4p UC users only
Rapfogel, Jared. "A Steady Gaze: The Films of Manoel de Oliveira." Cineaste; Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Game for a century." Sight & Sound; Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p40-44, 5p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classical Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

Fado: Historía d'uma Cantadeira (Mouraria) (Portugal, 1947)
Directed by Perdigâo Queiroga. Cast: Amalia Rodrigues, Virgilio Teixeira, Raul de Carvalho, Eugenio Salvador, Joe Victor, Antonio Silva, Vasco Santana, Tony D'Algy. Story about a young fado singer, Ana Maria, who despite her success and fame remains true to her first love Julio, a humble guitar player. 110 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5235
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O Fascinio (Portugal, 2003)
Directed by José Fonseca e Costa. Cast: Vitor Norte, Sylvie Rocha, José Fidalgo, Ana Moreira. A businessman on the verge of bankruptcy, receives an inheritance-- a farm in Alentejo which could mean his financial redemption. But what seems to be his salvation turns out to be his doom. Fascinated by the story of violences commited by his past ancestors, he becomes wrapped up in a hurricane of situations and sensations previously unknown to him. 105 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD
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Um Filme Falado (A Talking Picture) (Portugal, 2003)
Directed by Manoel De Oliveira. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Irene Papas, Stefania Sandrelli, Leonor Silveira, Luis Miguel Cintra, Filipa de Almeida. Eight-year-old Maria and her history professor mother embark on an ocean cruise from Portugal to Bombay, India. As three mysterious and glamorous women board the ship, their picturesque journey begins to grow in tension and complexity. Special features: "Manoel de Oliveira: A Career" an essay by Richard Peña, program director, Film Society of Lincoln Center and Associate Professor of Film Studies, Columbia University; trailer; stills gallery; a Manoel de Oliveira filmography. 95 min. DVD X5768; DVD 5294 (PAL)
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Johnson, Randal. Manoel de Oliveira Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.O44 J65 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "An Ethical Cinema." Cineaste, Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p18-21, 4p UC users only
Rapfogel, Jared. "A Steady Gaze: The Films of Manoel de Oliveira." Cineaste; Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Game for a century." Sight & Sound; Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p40-44, 5p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classical Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

À Flor do Mar; A Fleur de Mer (Hovering Over the Water) (Portugal, 1986)
Directed by João César Monteiro. Cast: Laura Morante, Philip Spinelli, Manuela de Freitas, Teresa Villaverde, Sergio Antunes. When Laura Rossellini suddenly decided to leave for Rome, taking her children with her, she must have been convinced that she would never return to Portugal, a country she had left behind her for ever,"a dead country". However, after almost a year had passed, Laura returned to the house overlooking the bay and, in a relaxed holiday atmosphere, finds what remains of the family and, by chance, something unexpected. 143 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5237
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La Fora (Portugal, 2004)
Directed by by Fernando Lopes. Cast: Ana Zanatti, Alexandra Lencastre, Rogerio Samora ; Maia João Abreu, Joaquim Leitao, Sofia Benard, Cristovao Campos. An inner drama and social commentary on egotism, about the isolation of residents in a private, closed condominium, a type of housing only recently introduced in Portugal. PAL format DVD. 101 min. DVD 5291
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Frei Luís de Sousa (Portugal, 1950)
Directed by António Lopes Ribeiro. Cast: Maris Sampaio, Raul de Carvalho, João Villaret, Barreio Poeira, Tomás de Macedo, José Amaro, Maria Dulce. After seven years of vain searching a woman gives up hope of finding her husband, a knight lost in battle in Marroc with Sebastã:o, King or Portugal. She marries, has a daughter by her second husband and endures the silent reproach of an aid, Telmo Pais, the only one who still believes that his master shall return... Then one day, a mysterious pilgrim arrives at the mansion. 117 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5228
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O Grande elias ( The Great Lie) (Portugal, 1950)
Directed by Arthur Duarte. Cast: Antonio Silva, Milu, Francisco Ribeiro, Estevao Amarante, Maria Olguim. A comedy about a family that receives money from a Brazilian aunt. One day she unexpectedly arrives in Portugal to visit them, and they must make her think they are rich. 107 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5204
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Ganhar a Vida (Get a Life) (Portugal, 2001)
Directed by João Canijo. Cast: Rita Blanco, Adriano Luz, Teresa Madruga, Adelia Baltazar. A Portuguese boy living on the outskirts of Paris is killed in a fight. His mother Cidalia, a 36 year-old cleaning lady seeks to discover the truth about what really happened, and why the Portuguese community in France is so silent. She loses friends and family, but bravely perseveres in her quest. 114 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5215
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Inquietude (Anxiety) (Portugal / France / Spain / Switzerland, 1998)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Luís Miguel Cintra, José Pinto, Isabel Ruth, Leonor Silveira, Diogo Dória, Rita Blanco, David Cardoso, Irène Papas, Leonor Baldaque, Ricardo Trepa. Contains three different stories that deal with death and immortality. In the first, an elderly father and his son discuss suicide as delivery from decrepitude and mediocrity. In the second, a young aristocratic man falls in love with a dying prostitute in the 1930s. The final story revolves around a peasant girl who thinks she has found a way to leave her village, but actually she has doomed herself to thousands of years there. Adapted from "Os imortais" by Prista Monteiro, "Suzy" by António Patrício, and "Mäe de um rio" by Agustina Bessa-Luís. Special features: Making-of featurette; trailer; film and set stills gallery, Manoel de Oliveira filmography. 108 min. DVD X2157
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Johnson, Randal. Manoel de Oliveira Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.O44 J65 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "An Ethical Cinema." Cineaste, Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p18-21, 4p UC users only
Rapfogel, Jared. "A Steady Gaze: The Films of Manoel de Oliveira." Cineaste; Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Game for a century." Sight & Sound; Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p40-44, 5p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classical Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

Juventude Em Marcha (Colossal Youth) (France | Portugal | Switzerland, 2006)
Directed by Pedro Costa. Cast: Ventura, Vanda Duarte, Beatriz Duarte, Gustavo Sumpta, Cila Cardoso, Isabel Cardoso. A fusion of documentary and dramatic essay chronicling the relocation of the mostly Cape Verdean immigrant inhabitants of a Lisbon slum to a newly constructed district on the outskirts of the city. Special features (Supplemental disc, 199 min.): New selected-scene audio commentary for Colossal Youth with critic Cyril Neyrat and author-philosopher Jacques Rancière ; "All Blossoms Again," a feature-length documentary on Costa, Colossal Youth, and the director's relationship to Fontainhas ; "Tarrafal" and "The Rabbit Hunters," two short films by Costa ; "Little Boy Male, Little Girl Female," a video installation piece by Costa featuring outtakes from In Vanda's Room and Colossal Youth.DVD X2880; DVD 2487 (without English subtitles)
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Andersen, Thom. "Paintings in the Shadows." Film Comment, Mar/Apr2007, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p56-61, 6p UC users only
Comolli, Jean-Louis "Frames and Bodies--Notes on Three Films by Pedro Costa: Ossos, No Quarto da Vanda, Juventude em Marcha" Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context, and Enquiry, Issue 24 (Summer 2010), pp. 62-70 UC users only
Corless, Kieron. "Ace Ventura: king of the quarter." Sight & Sound; May2008, Vol. 18 Issue 5, p12-12, 1p UC users only
Hansen, James. "Interview with Pedro Costa." Film Quarterly, Winter2009/2010, Vol. 63 Issue 2, p54-56, 3p UC users only
Peranson, Mark. "Pedro costa: an introduction." Cinema Scope, Summer2006, Issue 27, p6-15, 10p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "Cinema of the Future: Still Lives: The Films of Pedro Costa." In: Goodbye cinema, hello cinephilia : film culture in transition / Jonathan Rosenbaum. Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Pacific Film Archive PN1994 .R63 2010)
Romney, Jonathan. "Exile and the Kingdom." Sight & Sound, Jun2008, Vol. 18 Issue 6, p46-53, 3p UC users only

O Leão da Estrela (Portugal, 1947)
Directed by Arthur Duarte. Cast: Antonio Silva, Erico Braga, Milu, Maria Eugenia, Laura Alves, Tony D'Algy, Fernando Ribeiro, Arthur Agostinho, Maria Olguim, Cremilda de Oliveira, Oscar Acurcio. Sports fanatic Anastacio da Silva goes to Porto with his wife and two children to see a championship match. They stay in the home of the wealthy Barata family, whom they met while on vacation. The Baratas believe that Anastacio and his family are also from the upper class, a situation which is complicated when the Barata's son Eduardo falls in love with Anastacio's daughter Juju. The two decide to marry in Lisbon, forcing Anastacio to maintain the charade, at no small financial expense. 121 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5206
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O milagre segundo Salomé (The Miracle According to Salome) (Portugal, 2004)
Directed by Mário Barroso. Cast: Nicolau Breyner, Ana Bandeira, Ricardo Pereira, Paulo Pires, Filipe Duarte, Ana Pradrao, Margarida Miranda, Margarida Vilanova, Carlos Vaz. A handsome adaptation of the story of Salome set in early 20th century Portugal during a time of political ferment. High-class Lisbon prostitute Salome, catches the eye of client and wealthy banker Sertorio Cerqueira, who wants her for his wife. Salome lives the grand life with Sertorio, until she meets idealistic journalist, Gabriel, with whom she falls in love. She leaves Sertorio for her lover and is eventually forced to face her husband, who cannot bear to see her with another man. 96 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5238
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Morrer Como Um Homem (To Die Like a Man) (France | Portugal, 2009)
Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues. Cast: Chandra Malatitch, John Jesus Romão, Ivo Barroso. A transvestite tries to erase any past history of herself as a male. She dies tragically before this is accomplished and her male identity is engraved on her headstone. 133 min. DVD X6186
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A Mulher que acreditava ser Presidente dos Estados Unidos da America (The Woman Who Believed She Was President of the United States) (Portugal, 2003)
Directed by João Botelho. Cast: Alexandra Lencastre, Rita Blanco, Laura Soveral, Helena Vieira, Suzana Borges. In this comic political farce, the protagonist thinks her home in Lisbon on Washington Street is really The White House! Surrounded by female supporters, she proclaims"I am the President of the U.S.A., I can do whatever I want." She locks her mother in the basement and on her birthday, throws a huge party in honor of her re-election, while making plans to control the entire world. 93 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5216
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No Quarto da Vanda (In Vanda's Room) (Portugal | Germany | Switzerland | Italy, 2000)
Directed by Pedro Costa. Cast: Vanda Duarte, Zita Duarte, Lena Duarte, António Semedao Moreno, Pauro Nunes. A documentary-style film about Vanda, a heroin user in Lisbon, and the people around her who live in the ancient ghetto occupied by addicts, hustlers and poor immigrant families. All the buildings in Vanda's district are being demolished, which produces a perpetually grating cacophony throughout the film. 171 min. DVD X2879; DVD X2487 (without English subtitles)
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Andersen, Thom. "Paintings in the Shadows." Film Comment, Mar/Apr2007, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p56-61, 6p UC users only
Comolli, Jean-Louis "Frames and Bodies--Notes on Three Films by Pedro Costa: Ossos, No Quarto da Vanda, Juventude em Marcha" Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context, and Enquiry, Issue 24 (Summer 2010), pp. 62-70 UC users only
Gottleib, Akiva. "A Cinema of Refusal." Nation; 8/30/2010, Vol. 291 Issue 9/10, p38-41, 4p, UC users only
Mare-as, Miguel. "No Quarto da Vanda/In Vandanda's Room." Senses of Cinema, Oct2008, Issue 49, p31-31, 1p
Peranson, Mark. "Pedro costa: an introduction." Cinema Scope, Summer2006, Issue 27, p6-15, 10p UC users only
Quentin. "The Second Story." Sight & Sound, Oct2009, Vol. 19 Issue 10, p31-33, 3p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "Cinema of the Future: Still Lives: The Films of Pedro Costa." In: Goodbye cinema, hello cinephilia : film culture in transition / Jonathan Rosenbaum. Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Pacific Film Archive PN1994 .R63 2010)

Noite escura (In the Darkness of the Night) (Portugal, 2004)
Directed by João Canijo. Cast: Rita Blanco, Beatriz Batarda, Fernando Luis, Cleia Almeida. A Portuguese family has to deal with the Russian Mafia after a deal goes terribly wrong. The small family runs a provincial whorehouse, and may have to sacrifice their youngest daughter to prostitution in order to survive. 94 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5177
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Non', ou, A Vã Glória de Mandar (No, or the Vain Glory of Command) (Portugal, 1990)
Directed by Manoel De Oliveira. Cast: Luis Miguel Cintra, Diogo Doria, Miguel Guilherme, Luis Lucas, Carlos Gomes, Antonio S. Lopes, Mateus Lorena, Lola Forner, Raul Fraire, Ruy de Carvalho, Teresa Menezes, Leonor Silveira. Episodes from entire military history of Portugal are told through flashbacks as a professorish soldier recounts them while marching through a Portuguese African colony in 1973. He easily draws his comrades into philosophical musings, and the little contingent suffers badly at the hands of the local military opposition. 108 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5210
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Johnson, Randal. Manoel de Oliveira Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.O44 J65 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "An Ethical Cinema." Cineaste, Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p18-21, 4p UC users only
Rapfogel, Jared. "A Steady Gaze: The Films of Manoel de Oliveira." Cineaste; Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Game for a century." Sight & Sound; Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p40-44, 5p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classical Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

O Mal-Amado (Portugal, 1974)
Directed by Fernando Matos Silva. Cast: João Mota, Maria do Ceu Guerra, Zita Duarte, Fernando Gusmao, Helena Félix. A drama about the Soares family, a bourgeois couple who has moved to a good neighborhood in Lisbon. But their son João, is not adjusting well. He attends more political meetings than college classes and when he gets a job it is short lived. He is lonely for the coffee shops, and his old friends. PAL format tape. In Portuguese (no subtitles). 95 min. vhs 999:3781
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Mistérios de Lisboa (Mysteries of Lisbon (Portugal | France, 2010)
Directed by by Raoul Ruiz. Cast: Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Ricardo Pereira, Clotilde Hesme, Alfonso Pimentel, João Luis Arrais. Raul Ruiz's masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel. The core story centers on Joao, the bastard child of an ill-fated romance between two members of the aristocracy who are forbidden to marry, and his quest to discover the truth of his parentage. But this is just the start of an engrossing tale that follows a multitude of characters whose fates conjoin, separate and then rejoin again over three decades in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy. Based on Os Mistérios de Lisboa / by Camilo Castelo Branco. Bonus features (Disc 3): 35 minute interview with Raul Ruiz; interview with screenwriter Carlos Saboga; roundtable critical discussion about the film for French television; segment on the novelist and the film; radio interview with Raul Ruiz on France Culture; original theatrical trailer. 266 min. DVD X7142
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Ossos (Des Os) (Bones) (Portugal, 1997)
Directed by by Pedro Costa. Cast: Inès de Medeiros, Vanda Duarte, Maria Lipkina, Isabel Ruth, Nuno Vaz. Realizing that teenage mom Tina is about to gas herself and her newborn child, Tina's boyfriend grabs the infant and takes to the streets of Lisbon. In this extremely downbeat film, he attempts to sell the child and failing that, eventually gives the child to a streetwalker. Meanwhile Tina and her friend try to get the baby back. When they fail, they decide to get revenge upon the boyfriend. Special features DVD X2878: Audio commentary featuring Costa in conversation with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin ; Video interviews with critic Joao Benard da Costa and cinematographer Emmanuel Machuel ; new video essay by artist Jeff Wall ; gallery of photos ; theatrical trailer. 94 min. DVD X2878; DVD 5292 (PAL format)
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Barroso, Bárbara. "Ossos/Bones." Senses of Cinema, Oct2008, Issue 49, p33-33, 1p
Comolli, Jean-Louis "Frames and Bodies--Notes on Three Films by Pedro Costa: Ossos, No Quarto da Vanda, Juventude em Marcha" Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context, and Enquiry, Issue 24 (Summer 2010), pp. 62-70 UC users only
Ferreira, Carolin Overhoff. "No future - The Luso-African generation in Portuguese Cinema." Studies in European Cinema; 2007, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p49-60, 12p UC users only
Ferreira, Carolin Overhoff. "The Adolescent as Postcolonial Allegory: Strategies of Intersubjectivity in Recent Portuguese Films." Camera Obscura; 2005, Issue 59, p34-71, 38p UC users only
Peranson, Mark. "Pedro costa: an introduction." Cinema Scope, Summer2006, Issue 27, p6-15, 10p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "Cinema of the Future: Still Lives: The Films of Pedro Costa." In: Goodbye cinema, hello cinephilia : film culture in transition / Jonathan Rosenbaum. Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Pacific Film Archive PN1994 .R63 2010)

Palavra e Utopia (Word and Utopia) (Portugal, 2000)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Lima Duarte, Miguel Cintra, Ricardo Trepa, Miguel Guilherme, Leonor Silveira. Tells the story of Jesuit missionary Antonio Vieira, a 17th century Portuguese priest who lived in Brazil working for better treatment of the Indians and to abolish slavery, who is called before the Inquisition. 130 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5203
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Johnson, Randal. Manoel de Oliveira Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.O44 J65 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "An Ethical Cinema." Cineaste, Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p18-21, 4p UC users only
Rapfogel, Jared. "A Steady Gaze: The Films of Manoel de Oliveira." Cineaste; Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Game for a century." Sight & Sound; Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p40-44, 5p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classical Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

Party (Portugal / France, 2000)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Michel Piccoli, Irène Papas, Leonor Silveira, Rogério Samora. Leonor and Rogério celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary by hosting a party at their luxurious seaside villa. As the party wears on, Leonor finds herself pursued by an aging lothario, Michael, a powerful, cunning man with a razor-sharp wit. This game of cat-and-mouse heats up, leading to a wild and surprising revelation from the ordinarily passive Rogério. 89 min. DVD X2155
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Johnson, Randal. Manoel de Oliveira Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.O44 J65 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "An Ethical Cinema." Cineaste, Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p18-21, 4p UC users only
Rapfogel, Jared. "A Steady Gaze: The Films of Manoel de Oliveira." Cineaste; Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Game for a century." Sight & Sound; Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p40-44, 5p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classical Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

A Passagem da Noite ( Night Passage) (Portugal, 2004)
Directed by Luis Filip Rocha. Cast: Maria Seixas, João Ricardo, João Pedro Vaz, Maria D'Aires, Pompeu José, Maria Rueff. Maria, 17, is raped by a drug addict and gets pregnant. She decides to hide the situation from everyone and to face this tragedy alone which will become her"passage" to adulthood. 95 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5231
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Peixe-lua (Moonfish) (Portugal, 2000)
Directed by José Álvro Morais. Cast: Beatriz Batarda, Marcello Urgeghe, Ricardo Aibeo, Luis Miguel Cintra, Isabel Ruth. Maria João, a reluctant bride-to-be, leaves her family's estate on a mission to return a large boat and trailer to her fiance, who lives in Spain. With the help of Gabriel, her father's godson, she drives a large rig across the Iberian Plains, visiting her estranged brother in Cordoba along the way and dallying in sexual hijinks to boot. 119 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5279
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Porto da minha Infância (Porto of My Childhood) (Portugal, 2001)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Manoel de Oliveira, Maria De Medeiros, Jorge Trepa, Ricardo Trepa, Leonor Baldaque, Leonor Silveira. His family home has disappeared, the hanging tree is gone, and so are the candy stores, the Crystal Palace, and Guilhermina, his cousin and first love. A docu-drama bringing to life memories from the director's childhood. 62 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD5178
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Johnson, Randal. Manoel de Oliveira Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.O44 J65 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "An Ethical Cinema." Cineaste, Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p18-21, 4p UC users only
Rapfogel, Jared. "A Steady Gaze: The Films of Manoel de Oliveira." Cineaste; Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Game for a century." Sight & Sound; Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p40-44, 5p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classical Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

O Princípio da Incerteza (The Uncertainty Principle) (Portugal, 2002)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Leonor Baldaque, Leonor Silveira, Isabel Ruth, Ricardo Trepa, Ivo Canelas. José, who has been in love with Camila since childhood, is engaged in some kind of shady business practice with Vanessa who runs a brothel and a dance club. Antonio, his friend from a wealthy family, proposes to Camila, whose famiy has fallen on hard times. The calculating Camila marries Antonio, who makes little effort to hide his affair with Vanessa. 132 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5176
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Johnson, Randal. Manoel de Oliveira Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.O44 J65 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "An Ethical Cinema." Cineaste, Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p18-21, 4p UC users only
Rapfogel, Jared. "A Steady Gaze: The Films of Manoel de Oliveira." Cineaste; Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Game for a century." Sight & Sound; Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p40-44, 5p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classical Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

Quaresma (Portugal, 2003)
Directed by José Álvaro Morais. Cast: Beatriz Batarda, Filipe Cary, Rita Durao, Ricardo Aibeo, Laura Soveral. David is married and is about to leave Portugal with his family. But with his grandfather's death, he must return to his village before he leaves, and to a family he hasn't seen in a long time. A journey that was supposed to last the time of a burial turns out to be a stay of several days. Because there David meets Ana, the wife of his cousin, and lets himself be caught up in her disturbed but enchanting spell. 95 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5277
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Os quatro primeiros filmes (The First Four Films) (Portugal, 1969-1975)
Directed by João César Monteiro. Presents four early films of the director João César Monteiro. In these very low budget shorts one can immediately sense the chaotic indulgence in poetry through the film medium, a representation of upcoming genius."Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen" (1969, 17 min.) --"Quem espera por sapatos de defunto morre descalco (He goes long barefoot that waits for dead men's shoes)" (1970, 33 min.) --"Fragmentos de um filme-Esmola (Fragments of an Alms-film)" (1972, 72 min.) --"Que farei eu com esta espada? (What shall I do with this sword? )" (1975, 65 min.) 187 min. total. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5179
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O quinto império: ontem como hoje (The Fifth Empire) (Portugal / France, 2004)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Ricardo Trêpa, Luís Miguel Cintra, Glória de Matos, Ruy de Carvalho, José Manuel Mendes, Luís Lima Barreto, Miguel Guilherme, David Almeida. In the late 1570s, Dom Sebastiao longed to establish a Portuguese empire, but in 1578 he vanished without a trace. In the years that follow Sebastiao's story evolves into the myth of the hidden king. Years later, in Portugal, Sebastiao makes a messianic return as a king on a white steed, with a mission to save humanity from an all-consuming darkness. Determined to extend his empire beyond the borders of Africa, Sebastiao subsequently leaves the country in order to realize his divine vision of a Christian Portuguese empire. Based on El rei Sabastia?o by José Régio. 121 min. DVD X2149
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Johnson, Randal. Manoel de Oliveira Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.O44 J65 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "An Ethical Cinema." Cineaste, Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p18-21, 4p UC users only
Rapfogel, Jared. "A Steady Gaze: The Films of Manoel de Oliveira." Cineaste; Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Game for a century." Sight & Sound; Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p40-44, 5p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classical Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

Reçordacões da casa amarela (Recollections of the Yellow House) (Portugal, 1989)
Directed by João César Monteiro. Cast: João César Monteiro, Manuela de Freitas, Ruy Furtado. A middle-aged weirdo, tormented by illness and various problems, lives on Schubert and movies in Lisbon. Kicked out onto the street after a frustrated attempt to defile the landlady's daughter, he ends up in a mental institution. For the first time, director/writer Monteiro brings to life the character of João de Deus, an alter ego, to whom he would return in three later films. 120 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5168
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Rasganço (Rending; Cut People) (Portugal, 2000)
Directed by Raquel Freire. Cast: Ricardo Aibeo, Isabel Ruth, Ana Teresa Carvalhosa, Paula Marques, Ana Brandao, Ana Moreira, Ivo Ferreira. The film's title"Rasganco" (Cut people) refers to a sinister student rite in the university town of Coimbra during the end-of-term festivities. 100 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5218
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O sangue (Blood) (Portugal, 1989)
Directed by Pedro Costa. Cast: Pedro Hestnes, Nuno Ferreira, Inês Medeiros, Luis Miguel Cintra. A stylized romantic fable exploring the plight of two brothers coming to the terms with the death of their father and the legacy of violence and debt he has left behind. 95 min. DVD X5773 (PAL)
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Peranson, Mark. "Pedro costa: an introduction." Cinema Scope, Summer2006, Issue 27, p6-15, 10p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "Cinema of the Future: Still Lives: The Films of Pedro Costa." In: Goodbye cinema, hello cinephilia : film culture in transition / Jonathan Rosenbaum. Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Pacific Film Archive PN1994 .R63 2010)

Sapatos Pretos (Portugal, 1998)
Directed by João Canijo. Cast: Ana Bustorff, Vitor Norte, Joã:o Reis, Teresa Madruga, Adriano Luz, Marcia Breia, Fernando Luis. Dalila is a middle-aged, married woman who is still attractive, too attractive for her rural husband, who is proud to show her off, but awfully jealous of her. On a trip to the capital, she goes wild with flashy clothes and shoes ultimately leading a young truck driver into lust and death. Based on a real criminal case in Alentejo, Portugal. 97 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5236
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Seres queridos (Only Human) (Spain/Argentina/Portugal/UK, 2004)
Directors, Teresa de Pelegri & Dominic Harari. Cast: Norma Aleandro, Guillermo Toledo, Maria Botto, Marian Aguilera, Fernando Ramallo. When Leni comes home to introduce her fiance Rafi to her idiosyncratic Jewish family, everything goes smoothly until the lovers belatedly reveal that Rafi is Palestinian. 86 min. DVD 6585
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Silvestre (Portugal, 1982)
Directed by João César Monteiro. Cast: Maria de Medeiros, Teresa Madruga, Luis Miguel Cintra, Jorge Silva Melo. The plot of the film is taken from two traditional Portuguese tales, 'The maiden who went to war,' of Judeo-Iberian origin, and a novella, 'The dead one's hand' orally transmitted. Dom Rodrigo has two daughters, one legitimate, the other bastard, Silvia and Susana. Growing old, and without male heir, he decides to marry off Silvia to his neighbor, a rich nobleman, Dom Paio. 118 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5230
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Tarde Demais (Too Late) (Portugal, 2000)
Directed by José Nascimento. Cast: Vitor Norte, Adriano Luz, Nuno Melo, Carlos Santos, Francisco Nascimento, Ana Moreira, Rita Blanco. A touching, true story about a group of Portuguese fishermen who get caught in the middle of a storm in the Tejo River. Their boat wrecks but they are close to land and they can see their way through. But things are not as easy as they seem. Two of the four men cannot swim, one of them is too old and the river's stream does not allow them to get through easily. As the clock ticks and time flows, they struggle to survive until the night falls and makes their task almost impossible. 92 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5272
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Te doy mis ojos (Take My Eyes) (2003)
Directed by Icíar Bollaín. Cast: Laia Marull, Luis Tosar, Candela Peña, Rosa Maria Sarda, Sergi Calleja, Kiti Manver. A terrified Pilar hastily flees from her husband Antonio's rage in the middle of the night with her young son. Reaching her sister Ana's house, she breaks down in turmoil. Banging on Ana's front door is Pilar's husband, Antonio, who in a fit of rage screams for Pilar to return home. With Ana's support, Pilar is determined to save herself from Antonio's rage. Yet the very passionate Antonio is far from a one-dimensional brute, and the bond between Pilar and Antonio is deep. Special features: "A love that kills" featurette; theatrical trailer. 106 min. DVD 8234
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Tráfico (Traffic) (Portugal, 1998)
Directed by João Botelho. Cast: Rita Blanco, Adriano Luz, Maria Emilia Correia, Canto e Castro, Paulo Bragaca. A comedy about money with a cobweb of interrelated tales. Young Jesus is taken on vacation to a deserted beach resort where he digs in the sand and uncovers a large drug stash. Other characters intersecting include an alcoholic actress, a philandering banker, a general trafficking in arms, priests who close their church and head north as hitchhikers, politicians who watched an all-girl production of Julius Caesar and others. 105 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5185
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O Último mergulho (The Last Dive) (Portugal, 1992)
Directed by João César Monteiro. Cast: Fabienne Babe, Francesca Prandi, Rita Blanco, Dinis Neto Jorge. Samuel is planning to jump off a pier and drown himself. While he is gathering his courage, an older man, a sailor arrives who has come for the same reason. The sailor declines Samuel's invitation to join him in the jump and instead invites him back into town where they begin a two-day carouse. Eventually Samuel meets the sailor's deaf-mute daughter and falls in love with her. 85 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5170
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Vale Abraão ( Valley of Abraham) (Portugal, 1993)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Leonor Silveira, Cecile Sanz de Alba, Luis Miguel Cintra, Ruy de Carvalho, Luis Lima Barreto. Tells the story of Ema, a very attractive young girl with enormous power over men. She marries Dr. Carlo Paiva, who she is not attracted to, but is her father's friend and they move to the Valley of Abraham. With time she begins to feel unhappy about her marriage, so she takes a lover. A Portuguese reworking of themes from "Madame Bovary." 187 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5217
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Johnson, Randal. Manoel de Oliveira Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.O44 J65 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "An Ethical Cinema." Cineaste, Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p18-21, 4p UC users only
Rapfogel, Jared. "A Steady Gaze: The Films of Manoel de Oliveira." Cineaste; Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Game for a century." Sight & Sound; Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p40-44, 5p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classical Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

Vengo (Spain, 2000)
Directed by Tony Gatlif. Cast: Antonio Canales, Orestes Villasan Rodriguez, Antonio Perez Dechent, Bobote, Juan Luis Corrientes, Fernando Guerrero Rebollo, Francisco Chaveco Rios, José Ramirez el Cheli, Juan Luis Barrios Llorente. After his brother has murdered a member of a rival gypsy clan and gone into hiding, Caco becomes both the de facto figurehead of his 'family' and protector of his handicapped nephew. As tension mounts between the two clans, the threats of revenge against the nephew for the crime of his father are played out against a backdrop of rapturous flamenco music and dance performances. 89 min. DVD 6459
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Veredas (Paths ) (Portugal, 1977)
Directed by João César Monteiro. Cast: Manuela de Freitas, Luis de Sousa Costa, Francisco Domingues, Carmen Duarte. A poetic journey in the heart of Portugal by a man and a woman who meet and travel down from the Tras-os-Montes to the sea. In the film the chant of a country's history of eight centuries is passed on. 116 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5193
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Viagem ao principío do mundo (Journey to the Beginning of the World) (Portugal / France, 1997)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Yves Gautier, Leonor Silveira, Diogo Dória, Isabel de Castro, Isabel Ruth. An aging film director, on location in Portugal, takes three actor friends on a driving tour of a mountain village where one of the actors, born in France but of Portuguese descent, is united with an elderly aunt he has never met. The filmmakers speculate on beginnings and endings, what remains of the past and what is lost. 91 min. DVD X2156
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Johnson, Randal. Manoel de Oliveira Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.O44 J65 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "An Ethical Cinema." Cineaste, Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p18-21, 4p UC users only
Rapfogel, Jared. "A Steady Gaze: The Films of Manoel de Oliveira." Cineaste; Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Game for a century." Sight & Sound; Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p40-44, 5p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classical Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

A Vizinha do Lado (Portugal, 1945)
Directed by António Lopes Ribeiro. Cast: Lucilia Simoes, Hortense Luz, Madalena Sotto, Carmen Dolores, Nascimento Fernandes, Antonio Silva, Antonio Vilar. In this romantic comedy an upright professor goes to visit his nephew Eduardo to rescue him from a life of bad habits and meets with complications in the person of the beautiful young Mariana who lives next door. 106 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5270
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Vou para Casa; Je Rentre à la Maison (I'm Going Home) (Portugal, 2001)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveria. Cast: Michel Piccoli, Antoine Chappey, Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Leonor Baldaque, Leonor Silveria. The comfortable daily routines of an aging Parisian actor are suddenly shaken when he learns that his wife, daughter, and son-in-law have been killed in a car crash. Having to take care of his now-orphaned grandson, he struggles to go on with his lifelong acting career but finally becomes convinced that its time to retire. 90 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5271
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Johnson, Randal. Manoel de Oliveira Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.O44 J65 2007)
Rapfogel, Jared. "An Ethical Cinema." Cineaste, Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p18-21, 4p UC users only
Rapfogel, Jared. "A Steady Gaze: The Films of Manoel de Oliveira." Cineaste; Summer2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p14-17, 4p UC users only
Romney, Jonathan. "Game for a century." Sight & Sound; Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p40-44, 5p UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classical Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

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