Absurd protest film set in Francoist Spain.

Director:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Keeper (1976)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

The Keeper of Underwood Asylum has the mental patients of the wealthiest families in British Columbia. The rest of the family members have been dying under mysterious circumstances, so ... See full summary »

Director: T.Y. Drake
Stars: Christopher Lee, Tell Schreiber, Sally Drake
Documentary | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An experimental film using the stock footage of Jeas Franco's Count Dracula with an atmospheric sound track to create a subversive experience.

Director: Pere Portabella
Stars: Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom, Soledad Miranda
Dark Places (1973)
Horror | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A scheming couple plot to conceal a hidden cache of stolen money from its rightful owner. The only problem is that the house they plan to hide it in is haunted.

Director: Don Sharp
Stars: Christopher Lee, Joan Collins, Herbert Lom
Certificate: GP Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

While mainland Britain shivers in deepest winter, the northern island of Fara bakes in the nineties. The boys at the Met station have no more idea what is going on than the regulars at the ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Christopher Lee, Patrick Allen, Peter Cushing
The Skull (1965)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A collector comes into possession of the skull of the Marquis de Sade and learns it is possessed by an evil spirit.

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Peter Cushing, Patrick Wymark, Jill Bennett
Psycho-Circus (1966)
Mystery | Thriller | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A circus becomes the location for stolen loot and murder.

Directors: Werner Jacobs, John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Christopher Lee, Leo Genn, Anthony Newlands
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Already three trustees of the Van Traylen fund have died during the last months, looking like suicides. However after a mysterious accident of a bus with the last three trustees and 30 ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sasdy
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Diana Dors
One More Time (1970)
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Two night club owners find themselves in trouble with the law. One of them goes to his English Lord brother for help, and the Lord is later murdered. He swaps places with his dead brother to solve the murder.

Director: Jerry Lewis
Stars: Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, John Wood
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A colonial police officer in Rhodesia hunts down the albino terrorist who raped and murdered his fiancee.

Director: Jürgen Goslar
Stars: Christopher Lee, James Faulkner, Horst Frank
Certificate: M Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In the Olden Tymes, Count Regula is drawn and quartered for killing twelve virgins in his dungeon torture chamber. Thirty-five years later, he comes back to seek revenge on the daughter of ... See full summary »

Director: Harald Reinl
Stars: Lex Barker, Karin Dor, Christopher Lee
Katarsis (1963)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Filmed in Odescalchi Castle and Lake Bracciano near Rome. A group of dropouts find an old man (Lee) in a castle. The old man subsequently turns into the Devil and seizes them. Filmed in ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Veggezzi
Stars: Christopher Lee, George Ardisson, Bella Cortez
Stranglehold (1962)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Director: Lawrence Huntington
Stars: Macdonald Carey, Barbara Shelley, Philip Friend
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
The Man
Jeannine Mestre ...
The Woman (as Jeanine Mestre)
Edit

Storyline

Absurd protest film set in Francoist Spain.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

January 1972 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
UMBRACLE (Pere Portabella, 1970) *1/2
12 July 2015 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

I had watched director Portabella's CUADECUC, VAMPIR from the same year – an experimental behind-the-scenes look at Jess Franco's COUNT Dracula (also 1970), featuring Christopher Lee in his signature role – and, while I had reservations about it (I certainly did not think it was superior to the film it was 'promoting', flawed though that may have been!), it was an undeniable curio. Therefore, a proper film by Portabella 'starring' Lee should make for interesting viewing – but the resulting effort is anything but! Indeed, it merely gives art-house cinema a bad name (for the record, I have NOCTURNO 29 {1968} by this auteur still to check out, and it should be noted that he would briefly serve as a Senator!) – and lends absolute credence to the maxim that it is far more worthwhile to watch a trashy film even though it may be crap rather than pretentious drivel such as this!!

With respect to the recently deceased Lee, it is a well-known fact that he complained about being duped into appearing in Franco's softcore EUGENIE…THE STORY OF HER JOURNEY INTO PERVERSION (1969) but he seems to have had no qualms about being connected with this one – which also involves female nudity (in some of the very scenes he is in) – but I guess he was just content here to stray from strictly genre fare, especially since it gave him the opportunity to sing opera (in German and French)! Incidentally, the latter improvised diversions also saw the actor 'losing it' after flubbing one of his lines – apart from reciting Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" (many a horror icon has attempted to put his particular stamp on this perennial, but I personally prefer Vincent Price's reading best of all). In other disconnected vignettes, Lee takes to visiting a museum of anthropology and, while roaming the streets (looking solemn and, vaguely sinister, donning shades) witnesses a kidnapping of which, typically, nothing is subsequently made; a fairly obvious in-joke, then, has him relaxing by reading Bram Stoker's "Dracula".

As for the rest of the film (unattractively shot in high-contrast 16mm), this is just as haphazardly taken up by a long-winded discussion about censorship in the oppressive Spain of the time, about a reel of footage from Pedro Lazaga's pro-Fascist war-movie EL FRENTE INFINITO (1959; though listed within as dating from three years previously!), a sketch revolving around two clowns – all these sections are in Spanish and only randomly subtitled, albeit in the same language! – and even snippets of slapstick by the greatest comedians (Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd and Laurel & Hardy)!! Other 'episodes' get the then-trendy pop song accompaniment – never more ironically than a sequence depicting the systematic, and quite graphic, 'preparation' of live chicken for human consumption underscored by The Carpenters' "Close To You"! By the way, a couple of dialogue passages are shown silent – being replaced on the soundtrack by extraneous everyday noises (such as the incessant ringing of a telephone and a loud hammering din)! Finally, the movie's title is a reference to an architectural structure housing a pathway littered with sculptures and flora indigenous to the Spanish city of Valencia – and thus, unsurprisingly, having virtually nothing at all to do with the on-screen 'action'!


0 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Umbracle (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?