Cria Cuervos

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Overview

Carlos Saura's powerful and poetic 1976 drama of a young Spanish girl growing up in a damaged household amidst the slow collapse of Franco's regime has been given a superior presentation in this DVD edition from the Criterion Collection. Cria Cuervos has been given an excellent new high-definition transfer for this release, presented in its original European widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1 (letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16x9 monitors); the rich color scheme of ...
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Overview

Carlos Saura's powerful and poetic 1976 drama of a young Spanish girl growing up in a damaged household amidst the slow collapse of Franco's regime has been given a superior presentation in this DVD edition from the Criterion Collection. Cria Cuervos has been given an excellent new high-definition transfer for this release, presented in its original European widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1 (letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16x9 monitors); the rich color scheme of Teodoro Escamilla's cinematography has been reproduced with impressive accuracy (especially the dark tones on the interiors), and this looks as good (perhaps even better) than the picture did on its initial release. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, retaining the original single-channel audio mix, and this DVD sounds as good as it looks. The dialogue is in the original Spanish, with optional English titles but no multiple language options. A bonus disc is included which features A Portrait of Carlos Saura, an hour-long documentary on the filmmaker originally produced for Spanish television, the film's original trailer, and new interviews with actresses Geraldine Chaplin and Anna Torrent. Finally, the packaging includes a booklet dominated by an essay from Paul Julian Smith, which discusses the film and the unique moment in Spanish history that it reflects. Cria Cuervos is a bold but graceful landmark in the Spanish cinema, and Criterion are to be congratulated for making it available on DVD in North America at long last, especially in such a thoughtful and well-crafted release.
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Special Features

Disc One - The Film: ; New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Original theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; Disc Two - The Supplements: ; Portrait of Carlos Saura, a documentary on the life and career of the Spanish auteur; New interviews with actresses Geraldine Chaplin and Ana Torrent; Plus: a booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Paul Julian Smith
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2007
  • UPC: 715515025225
  • Original Release: 1975
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Colorized / en español
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,035

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josefina Diaz
Héctor Alterio Anselmo
Geraldine Chaplin Ana as an Adult/Her Mother Maria
Florinda Chico Rosa
German Cobos Nicolas Garontes
Mirta Miller Amelia Garontes
Conchita Perez Irene
Monica Randal Paulina
Maite Sanchez Juana
Ana Torrent Ana as a Child
Technical Credits
Carlos Saura Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Pablo Gonzalez del Amo Editor
Teo Escamilla Cinematographer
Bernardo Menz Sound/Sound Designer
Rafael Palmero Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cria Cuervos: The Film
1. Logos/Opening Credits [2:25]
2. "Anselmo!" [7:06]
3. Funeral [6:10]
4. Flying [2:23]
5. Memories [3:35]
6. Manners [4:15]
7. Rosa [3:35]
8. "Porque te Vas" [5:48]
9. Grandmother [2:16]
10. Dress-Up [5:09]
11. Lies [2:48]
12. To Die at Home [6:47]
13. Not Sleepy [8:32]
14. "Mama!" [6:52]
15. In the Country [5:25]
16. Hide-and-Seek [4:45]
17. As a Baby [3:05]
18. Poison [4:27]
19. Roni [3:24]
20. Afternoon Tea [6:19]
21. Sewing Together [4:54]
22. Dead? [4:26]
23. Dream [5:27]
Disc #2 -- Cria Cuervos: The Supplements
1. A Childhood in Wartime [9:25]
2. Portraits of a Country [7:47]
3. Collaborations and Influences [9:01]
4. Censorship [8:39]
5. His Films After Franco [7:25]
6. Actors [6:15]
7. New Territory in Film [8:00]
8. Generations in Photos [6:08]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Cria Cuervos: The Film
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
      Color Bars
   Original Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
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Disc #2 -- Cria Cuervos: The Supplements
   Portrait of Carlos Saura
      Play
      Index
   Geraldine Chaplin and Ana Torrent
      Geraldine Chaplin
      Ana Torrent
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Cria Cuervos

    The title of this film means, literally, "nurture or raise crows", and is from a proverb which ends, "and they will peck out your eyes." It's a story of three orphaned girls being cared for by their aunt in Franco-ruled Spain. It features a fine performance by Geraldine Chaplin as the children's deceased mother, who appears both in flashback and as a ghost, and in a second part as one of the girls as a grown woman. This girl as a child is the youngest, and the child actress' performance is delightful. This same actress as an adult played the Spanish first wife of Henry VIII in the film The Other Boleyn Girl. I especially recommend this film for people who are interested in developing Spanish language skills, because the Spanish is clear and fairly easy to follow. The film has a sad, gently ironic tone and is beautifully photographed, and the children's performances are funny and touching.

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