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Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie = The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie = The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

PN1997 .C444 2000 DVD
101 minutes; released 1972.
An upper-class sextet sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts continually thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both actual and imagined in a film that mixes biting social satire with bold surrealistic invention. In French with optional English subtitles. Directed by Luis Buuel.

El crimen del padre Amaro = The Crime of Padre Amaro

El crimen del padre Amaro = The Crime of Padre Amaro

PQ9261 .E3 C752 2003 DVD
119 minutes; released 2002.
A young priest is assigned to a parish where he becomes involved in corrupt politics and an illicit relationship with a woman. In Spanish with optional dubbed English soundtrack or English, French or Spanish subtitles. Based on the novel by Ea de Queirs. Starring Gael Garca Bernal. Directed by Carlos Carrera.

Death of a Cyclist

Death of a Cyclist

PN1997 .D438 2008 DVD
88 minutes; released 1955.
A wealthy professor and his mistress hit a cyclist while driving, leaving him to die. A friend of the mistress's husband learns of the incident and blackmails the guilty couple. Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem.

Don Quixote

Don Quixote

PQ 6329 .A32 2000 VHS
120 minutes; released 2000.
A minor landowner descends into fantasy and becomes convinced that he is a knight on a mission to save a damsel in distress. Based on the novel by Miguel de Cervantes. Starring John Lithgow, Bob Hoskins, Isabella Rossellini, and Vanessa Williams.

Don Quixotes de Orson Welles

Don Quixotes de Orson Welles

PQ6323 .A9 D6 2008 DVD
115 minutes; released 1992.
A unique vision of two men, Don Quixote and his companion Sancho Panza, who journey through provincial Spain and suddenly are pitted against enemies both real and imagined in the modern world. A rarely seen piece of film history. Based on the book by Miguel De Cervantes.
Directed by Orson Welles.

El Espritu de la colmena = The Spirit of the Beehive

El Espritu de la colmena = The Spirit of the Beehive

PN1997 .E78 2006 DVD
2 discs; 99 minutes; released 1973.
In a small Spanish village shortly after the civil war, a young girl becomes obsessed with the memory of watching the movie Frankenstein. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Le fantôme de la liberté = The Phantom of Liberty

Le fantôme de la liberté = The Phantom of Liberty

PN1997 .P436 2005 DVD
104 minutes; released 1974.
This surrealist comedy explores many of the illogical themes that preoccupied the director throughout his career - from the hypocrisy of conventional morality to the arbitrariness of social arrangements. In French with optional English subtitles. Directed by Luis Buuel.

Hable con ella = Talk to her

Hable con ella = Talk to her

PN1997.2 .H335 2003 DVD
114 minutes; released 2002.
Two men who meet by chance at the theatre discover each is caring for a woman in a coma--one a bullfighter and the other a ballet student. In Spanish or French, with subtitles in English or French. Directed by Pedro Almodvar.

John of the Cross

John of the Cross

BX4700 .J7 J57 1997 DVD
60 minutes; released 1997.
A dramatization of the life of the Spanish priest who worked with St. Teresa of Avila to reform the Carmelite Order.

Le journal d'une femme de chambre = Diary of a Chambermaid

Le journal d'une femme de chambre = Diary of a Chambermaid

PQ 2364 .M7 J862 DVD
98 minutes; released 1964.
A Parisian domestic goes to work on a provincial estate in the 1930s, where she encounters a womanizer, his frigid wife, a fascist and a shoe-fetishist. Then she decides one is guilty of murder. Based on the novel by Octave Mirbeau. In French with optional English subtitles. Starring Jeanne Moreau. Directed by Luis Buuel.

La Lengua de las mariposas = Butterfly

La Lengua de las mariposas = Butterfly

PQ9469.2 .R528 Q422 2000 DVD
94 minutes; released 1999.
Amid the growing tensions of the approaching Spanish Civil War, a small boy is brought out of his cocoon by a wise teacher who shows him the wonder of the natural world around him. In Spanish or French with English subtitles. Starring Fernando Fernn Gmez. Directed by Jos Luis Cuerda.

La Mala Educacin = Bad Education

La Mala Educacin = Bad Education

PN1997.2 .M353 2005 DVD
105 minutes; released 2004.
Two men make a movie based on their childhood experiences at Catholic school. They later receive a visit from the priest from their school days, who tells his own version of the events. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Marcelino pan y vino = The Miracle of Marcelino

Marcelino pan y vino = The Miracle of Marcelino

PQ6635 .A518 M372 2004 DVD
PQ6635 .A518 M372 1998 VHS
90 minutes; released 1955.
A baby left on the doorstep of a monastery is raised by the monks who live there. Based on the story by Jos Mara Snchez-Silva. Dubbed from Spanish into English. Directed by Ladislao Vajda.

Miracle of Marcellino

Miracle of Marcellino

PQ6635 .A518 M3725 2004 DVD
98 minutes; released 1991.
This colour re-make of the 1955 original (above), is generally considered inferior to the earlier film. Directed by Luigi Comencini.

Los Muertos

Los Muertos

PN1997.2 .L676 2008 DVD
82 minutes; released 2003.
An enigmatic film, in which an older man is released from prison and makes for the Argentinian jungle, divesting himself of his posessions along the way. Directed by Lisandro Alonso.

Nazarin

Nazarin

PN1997 .N374 1989 VHS
92 minutes; released 1959.
A simple priest tries to live a pure and honest life according to the Christian virtues, but is shown distrust and hatred by those around him. In Spanish with English subtitles. Included on the Vatican's list of Some Important Films. Directed by Directed by Luis Buuel.

Cet obscur objet du désir = That Obscure Object of Desire

Cet obscur objet du désir = That Obscure Object of Desire

PQ2623 .O8 F42 2001 DVD
104 minutes; released 1977.
In this satire of sexual obsession, a man lusts after a much younger woman. Based on the novel by Pierre Lous. In French or English with optional English subtitles. Directed by Luis Buuel.

Solo Con Tu Pareja = Love in the Time of Hysteria

Solo Con Tu Pareja = Love in the Time of Hysteria

PN1997 .S656 2006 DVD
94 minutes; released 1991.
A womanizer spends his nights juggling so many beautiful women that he can't keep their names straight. Then one of his victims, who happens to be a nurse, falsely diagnoses him with AIDS. In Spanish with optional English subtitles. Directed by Alfonso Cuarn.

Teresa de Jesus = St. Teresa of Avila

Teresa de Jesus = St. Teresa of Avila

BX4700 .T4 T474 2008 DVD
450 minutes
A mini-series dramatization of the life of the sixteenth century Spanish nun and mystic, Teresa de Jesus. In Spanish with optional English subtitles.

Todo sobre mi madre = All About My Mother

Todo sobre mi madre = All About My Mother

PN1997 .T636 2000 DVD
102 minutes; released 1999.
A hard-working nurse who has build a happy life for herself and her teenage son finds her world falling apart when he is killed in a car accident. In Spanish with English and French subtitles. Directed by Pedro Almodvar.

Viridiana

Viridiana

PN1997 .V575 2006 DVD
91 minutes; released 1992.
A young nun visits her uncle's country estate where he attempts to rape her and then kills himself, leaving the estate to her and his illegitimate son. While the latter purues plans to modernize the estate, she tries to convert it into a haven for the homeless. In Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Luis Buuel.

La voie lacte = The Milky Way

La voie lacte = The Milky Way

PN1997 .V65 2007 DVD
101 minutes; released 1968.
Two tramps on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela encounter a series of characters including Jesus Christ, the Devil and the Marquis de Sade. Directed by Luis Buuel. In French with English subtitles.