Cría cuervos . . . Cría cuervos . . .

Cría cuervos . . .

Carlos Saura

 
Cría cuervos . . .  (Criterion DVD)

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  • Spain
  • 1976
  • 109 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Spanish
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  • Spine #403

Carlos Saura’s exquisite Cría cuervos . . . heralded a turning point in Spain: shot while General Franco was on his deathbed, the film melds the personal and the political in a portrait of the legacy of fascism and its effects on a middle-class family (the title derives from the Spanish proverb: “Raise ravens and they’ll peck out your eyes”). Ana Torrent (the dark-eyed beauty from The Spirit of the Beehive) portrays the disturbed eight-year-old Ana, living in Madrid with her two sisters and mourning the death of her mother, whom she conjures as a ghost (an ethereal Geraldine Chaplin). Seamlessly shifting between fantasy and reality, the film subtly evokes both the complex feelings of childhood and the struggles of a nation emerging from the shadows.

Credits

DirectorCarlos Saura
ScreenplayCarlos Saura
ProducerElías Querejeta and Carlos Saura
Production managerPrimtivo Alvaro
CinematographyTeodoro Escamilla
EditingPablo G. del Amo
Set decorationRafael Palmero
SoundBernardo Mens and Antonio Illán
Assistant directorFrancisco J. Querejeta
Camera operatorDomingo Solano
Costume designMaiki Marin
MusicFederico Mompou
“Hay Mari Cruz” byImperio Argentina
“Pourque te vas” byJeannette

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Portrait of Carlos Saura, a documentary on the life and career of the Spanish auteur
  • New interviews with actresses Geraldine Chaplin and Ana Torrent
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Paul Julian Smith

    New cover by Leanne Shapton

Film Essays

Cría cuervos . . . : The Past Is Not Past

By Paul Julian SmithAugust 13, 2007

Cría cuervos . . . , Carlos Saura’s political and psychological masterpiece, was shot in the . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Cría cuervos . . . : The Past Is Not Past

By Paul Julian SmithAugust 13, 2007

Cría cuervos . . . , Carlos Saura’s political and psychological masterpiece, was shot in the . . . Read more »