Cria Cuervos (Criterion Collection)

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Carlos Saura's exquisite Cria 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 (played by 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.

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Studio Image Entertainment
SKU 204693265
UPC 715515025225
UPC 14 00715515025225
Format DVD
Release Date 8/14/2007
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.66:1
Actors
Name Saura,Carlos
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Cast & Crew
Ana Torrent - Actor
Carlos Saura - Director
Carlos Saura - Writer
Carlos Saura - Producer
Federico Mompou - Original Music By
Florinda Chico - Actor
Geraldine Chaplin - Actor
Monica Randall - Actor
Pablo Gonzalez del Amo - Editor
Rafael Palmero - Production Designer
Teodoro Escamilla - Cinematographer
Awards
Nominee (1978) Golden Globe, Cria Cuervos..., Best Foreign Film
Winner (1976) Cannes Film Festival, Carlos Saura, Grand Prize of the Jury
Nominee (1976) Cannes Film Festival, Carlos Saura, Golden Palm
Reviews
ReviewSource Strictly Film School
Review Carlos Saura presents an indelible, serenely hypnotic, and deeply affecting portrait of innocence, death, and grief in "Cria Cuervos". The title of the film refers to a Spanish proverb, "Raise ravens, and they will pluck out your eyes", and alludes to the children's irrational compulsion for vengeance and self-destruction: Ana's innate wish for her father's death; her fascination with a mysterious jar discarded by her mother; the children's resurrection prayer after playing hide-and-seek; Irene's kidnapping nightmare. By juxtaposing low angle medium shots that represent the children's perspective with fluid crane shots that reflect a birdseye point view, Saura visually emphasizes the incongruous union of the children's naivete with an ominous sense of instinctive cruelty. Inevitably, the fusion of haunted past and indeterminate present, like the coexistence of innocuous wish and intentional malice, becomes the tragic and unresolved legacy of a lost and misguided childhood.
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ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Saura,Carlos
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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Strictly Film School ...an indelible, serenely hypnotic, and deeply affecting portrait of innocence, death, and grief...
The New York Times A movie of marvelous moments and superb performances.

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