6.8/10
333
5 user 6 critic

The Garden of Delights (1970)

El jardín de las delicias (original title)
The greedy relatives of an amnesic and paralytic 45 years old millionaire try him to recover his memory by any means.

Director:

Writers:

, (idea) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The young but traveled Ana arrives in a manor in the countryside of Spain to work as nanny of three girls and finds a dysfunctional family: the matriarch is a sick old woman obsessed by ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Fernando Fernán Gómez, José María Prada
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When the single middle-aged Luis travels from Barcelona to bury the remains of his mother in the vault of his family in Segovia, he is lodged by his aunt Pilar in her old house where he ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: José Luis López Vázquez, Lina Canalejas, Fernando Delgado
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Julian, a middle-aged single doctor, meets his childhood friend Pablo again. The latter is back from Africa and has just married a beautiful young blonde, Elena. Julian falls in love with ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, José Luis López Vázquez, Alfredo Mayo
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Ana is alive and married with Antonio; they arrive in the manor in the countryside of Spain where she worked as a nanny many years ago, for the centennial birthday of the matriarch. In ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Amparo Muñoz, Fernando Fernán Gómez
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Elisa has not seen her father Luis for nine years, but she receives a telegram from her sister Isabel in a moment of crisis of her marriage with Antonio telling that her father is ill and ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Fernando Rey, Geraldine Chaplin, Isabel Mestres
Fast, Fast (1981)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Angela begins to hang around with Pablo and his gang of young robbers.

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Berta Socuéllamos, Jose Antonio Valdelomar González, Jesús Arias
Los golfos (1960)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Julián, Ramón, Juan, el Chato, Paco and Manolo are a bunch of scoundrels and members of the Spanish youth, who until now have not paid attention more than in the police stations. Boys of ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Manuel Zarzo, Luis Marín, Óscar Cruz
Honeycomb (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Teresa is like a child. She is frustrated with her childless existence and suspects her husband of being unfaithful. She and her husband play games with each other, tempting fate.

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Per Oscarsson, Teresa del Río
Cria Cuervos (1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Three orphaned sisters under the custody of their stern aunt and their handicapped grandmother will have to acclimatise to the new conditions of their shared life, overcome life's constant impediments and eventually, grow up.

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Mónica Randall, Florinda Chico
Carmen I (1983)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A group of flamenco dancers are rehearsing a very spanish version of the Prosper Merimee's drama. Antonio (the coreographer) falls in love with Carmen (the main dancer). Their story then ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Antonio Gades, Laura del Sol, Paco de Lucía
History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story of the Countess d'Orsini, French noblewoman and courtesan at the court of the Spanish king, who acted as an agent for the King of France and was one of the most powerful people at the Spanish court.

Director: Luis Lucia
Stars: Ana Mariscal, Roberto Rey, Fernando Rey
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, José Luis Gómez, Xabier Elorriaga
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Antonio
...
Luchy
Francisco Pierrá ...
Don Pedro
Charo Soriano ...
Actriz
Lina Canalejas ...
Tía
Julia Peña ...
Julia
Mayrata O'Wisiedo ...
Enfermera
Esperanza Roy ...
Nicole
Alberto Alonso ...
Tony
...
Ejecutivo
...
Ejecutivo
Antonio Canal ...
Ejecutivo (as Tony Canal)
Eduardo Calvo ...
Amigo 4
Marisa Porcel ...
Criada
Luisa Fernanda Gaona ...
Criada
Edit

Storyline

Surreal look at a family's attempts to shock, bully, frighten, coach, and cajole Antonio Cano into regaining his memory and his management powers after an auto accident. He's middle-aged, wealthy, the leader of a family corporation. After the accident he can't remember his Swiss bank account numbers, can't sign documents, and can't lead his board of directors. His father needs Antonio's recovery to keep family control of the corporation, and Antonio's wife, children, and mistress want access to Antonio's money. They stage elaborate recreations of traumas in his childhood that mix with his own memories and hallucinations. Will they succeed? Will he come out of it? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 May 1972 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

The Garden of Delights  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

(Eastmancolor)
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Delights of Fascism
30 August 1999 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Carlos Saura's "Garden of Delights" is a sly, black comedy about personal and political repression under Franco's regime. Psychodramas and shock therapy are among the tools of the trade employed to jump-start the memory of a wealthy industrialist recovering from an auto accident but still confined to a wheelchair. That his loved ones are in fact the instigators of such crude and farcical attempts to pry open the amnesiac's Swiss bank account should come as no surprise to anyone remotely familiar with Spanish history and culture. But Saura's dark tale, it seems, may proved too daunting to audiences who are unwilling to give themselves over to the film's dreamy, ruminative style that deliberately shunned "objective reality" for a subjective and interpretative approach to cinema. In Saura's view cinematic "reality" should represent the repressed state of the nation's collective consciousness and its refusal to surrender its dreams under those conditions. The debilitating conditions of fascism should not inhibit other forms of realities to exist or to challenge the prevailing political reality so that what "is" is not necessarily more important than what "should" or could have been. Scenes, real or imagined, accordingly compete for our attention throughout the narrative much as if the delights of the garden only become apparent after careful introspection and reflection. If fascism is indeed the soul of the new machine, then paralysis is just a state of the mind.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?