Carlos Saura

Cría cuervos . . .

Cría cuervos . . .

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

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Special 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

Cría cuervos . . .
Cast
Geraldine Chaplin
The mother/Ana
Ana Torrent
Ana
Conchita Pérez
Irene
Maite Sánchez
Maite
Mónica Randall
Paulina
Florinda Chico
Rosa
Héctor Alterio
Anselmo
Germán Cobos
Nicolas
Credits
Director
Carlos Saura
Screenplay
Carlos Saura
Producer
Elías Querejeta
Producer
Carlos Saura
Production manager
Primtivo Alvaro
Cinematography
Teodoro Escamilla
Editing
Pablo G. del Amo
Set decoration
Rafael Palmero
Sound
Bernardo Mens
Sound
Antonio Illán
Assistant director
Francisco J. Querejeta
Camera operator
Domingo Solano
Costume design
Maiki Marin
Music
Federico Mompou
“Hay Mari Cruz” by
Imperio Argentina
“Pourque te vas” by
Jeannette

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