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Abrazos Rotas : Broken Embraces
Call Number: DVD 791.436543 B7872
A luminous Penlope Cruz stars as an actress who sacrifices everything for true love in Academy Award -winning filmmaker (2003, Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Talk to Her) Pedro Almodvar's acclaimed tale of sex, secrets and cinema. When her father becomes gravely ill, beautiful Lena (Cruz) consents to a relationship with her boss Ernesto (Jos Luis Gmez), a very wealthy, much-older man who pays for her father's hospitalization and provides her a lavish lifestyle. But Lena's dream is to act and soon she falls for the director of her first film - a project bankrolled by her husband to keep her near. Upon his discovery of the affair, Ernesto stops at nothing to ruin Lena's happiness.
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Ana María Matute : Dreams into Words
Call Number: DVD 860.9 An11
"Raised within the socially restrictive mores of a transient middle-class family and troubled with a stammering problem, Ana María Matute took refuge in literature. At 17, she began to use her experiences to probe the themes of lost childhood, injustice, and the lives of the marginalized. She soon developed a fresh prose style that deftly blended fantasy and realism, revitalizing the mid-20th-century Spanish literary scene. This landmark program features an interview with Matute and readings from her works, as well as the insights of writer and journalist Inmaculada de la Fuente, the University of Madrid’s Alicia Redondo Goycoechea, and Fernando Valls, of the Universidad Autónoma of Barcelona, in an exploration of the narrative virtuosity of one of Spain’s most honored and beloved writers"--Container.
El ángel Exterminador : The Exterminating Angel
Call Number: DVD 791.4372 An43c
After a lavish dinner party in a stately mansion, the guests believe themselves unable to leave the premises. As the days pass, the elaborate facades of their social positions collapse and they are forced to live like animals. Finally discovering they are actually free to leave, they go to church to give thanks, where they are again trapped.
Call Number: DVD 720.922 An888
Antonio Gaudí designed some of the world’s most astonishing buildings, interiors, and parks. Takes viewers on a tour of Gaudí’s truly spectacular architecture, including his massive, still-unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia cathedral.
Abre los Ojos
Call Number: DVD 791.43656 Op21
"In this steamy, intriguingly complex, psychological thriller the line between reality and fantasy is hopelessly blurred. César 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, César’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."--Container.
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Call Number: DVD 791.436552 Az85
When his father suffers a debilitating stroke, Jorge is forced to put his life and career on hold. He takes over his father’s janitorial position, cares for his father and studies at night. He finds himself in an awkward position when his convict brother asks him to impregnate his girlfriend who wants a baby, and Jorge finds himself falling for her. To further complicate matters, Jorge’s childhood love returns to his life wanting the same.
El Baisano Jalil
Call Number: DVD 791.43617 B16502
The aristocratic but penniless Veradad family have to resort to borrowing money from Jalil, a Lebanese merchant whose son, Selim, is scorned by Marta, the money-squandering daughter of the Veradadas. Jalil, his wife, Suan, and Selim are invited to Don Guillermo’s hacienda, where they are mocked and ridiculed. In the end, the Lebanese working family puts Don Guillermo’s family in their place.
Call Number: DVD 791.4372 B235w
Ted Boynton is an American businessman looking for love. His cousin, Fred, is out for lust. Together, they launch an all-out attack to find the girl of their dreams in the city of Barcelona.
Bearn, ó la Sala de las Muñecas
Call Number: DVD 791.43653 B383
The film is set in Mallorca in 1865 and deals with politics, family intrigues, incest, the clergy, and Masonic secrets.
Call Number: DVD 791.4372 B4152co
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 love?
Call Number: DVD 791.43658 B62
Marco, a young loyalist peasant-soldier, falls in love with Norma, a rebel spy, during the Spanish Civil War. They struggle against a powerful enemy blockade that is preventing the delivery of food in a battle that could change the course of the war.
El Burlador de Sevilla
Call Number: DVD 809.93351 B92
Televised production of Tirso de Molina’s play which introduced the theme of Don Juan into European literature.
Call Number: DVD 791.43653 B982
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.
Carlos Saura’s Flamenco Trilogy
Call Number: DVD 791.436579 C195
"One of Spanish cinema’s great auteurs, Carlos Saura brought international audiences closer to the art of his country’s dance than any other filmmaker, before or since. In his "Flamenco Trilogy" -- Blood Wedding, Carmen, and El amor brujo -- Saura merged his passion for music with his ongoing exploration of Spanish national identity. All starring and choreographed by legendary dancer Antonio Gades, the films feature thrilling physicality and electrifying cinematography and editing."--Container.
Call Number: DVD 791.436543 C214s
The lives of five people are intertwined by romance, friendship and rivalry. Victor has fallen for a woman, Elena. Elena wants nothing to do with Victor and she 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.
Call Number: DVD 791.436543 C33
Dramatization of the 16th century novel La Celestina, attributed to Fernando de Rojas. Recruited by Calisto to help him seduce a young woman named Melibea, the old bawd Celestina becomes the center of a plot that begins in comedy and ends in tragedy. La Celestina is often considered the first European novel.
Call Number: DVD 791.43658 C486
A dramatization of the play by Corneille.
Como Ser Mujer y No Morir En El Intento = How To Be A Woman and Survive
Call Number: VIDREC 791.43617 C737
Carmen’s life is complicated. At 42 she 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.
Call Number: DVD 791.43652352 C867
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.
El Quijote = Don Quijote
Call Number: DVD 791.45651 Q411
Dramatization of Cervantes’ classic tale presented in episodic format following the structure of the book.