A study of minor events in the adolescence of a boy growing up in small towns. Daniel lives with his grandmother and, after one year of high school, has to go to live with his mother in the... See full summary »
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 »
José Luis López Vázquez,
The Euripides drama is played here on an expansive flat field. Hundreds of participants, a couple dozen horses, pheasants and pigeons move and dance over that terrain while the camera tracks through the crowd. It's a choreography tour de force, especially considering the film is made of about a dozen long takes.
Keeping in mind this was done during the communist regime, the story plays as political metaphor. This is particularly obvious as a modern encumbrance accompanied by a modern text closes the play.
The film I saw had washed out colors. I suspect this may not be in the original, but a sign of an aging reel. Nonetheless, the resulting sepia-ish tinge doesn't diminish the viewer's enjoyment.
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