1959. Spain. Carlos Saura. 88 min.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1959. Spain. Directed by Carlos Saura. With Manuel Zarzo, Luis Marín. Inspired by Luis Buñuel's films, Saura's acclaimed first film—the "most difficult film in my career" (Saura)—is an uncompromising portrait of a teenage gang (played by street children) and the first Spanish film shot entirely on location. When one of the boys expresses a desire to become a bullfighter, the others pull a big heist to finance their pal's dream. Delayed by the censors during production, the film revealed the contradictions in Franco's "defascistization," and the censorship and repression that continued under his regime. In Spanish; English subtitles. 88 min.