Directed by Carlos Saura

Directed by Carlos Saura

13 Episodes

Reality and fantasy, dreams and memories flow freely into one another in the haunting, layered works of iconoclastic auteur Carlos Saura, arguably the most important Spanish filmmaker to emerge between Luis Buñuel and Pedro Almodóvar. Achieving international renown during the repressive years of Francisco Franco’s rule, Saura became a model for how to make dissident political cinema under an authoritarian regime, using potent metaphors and symbolism to dodge censors and examine his nation’s troubled twentieth-century history. In complex and often controversial works like PEPPERMINT FRAPPÉ, COUSIN ANGELICA, and CRÍA CUERVOS . . . —frequently starring his longtime partner Geraldine Chaplin—Saura explored the legacy of fascism and its devastating effects on a generation of Spanish citizens, while in often-overlooked post-Franco films such as DEPRISA, DEPRISA he captured the turbulence of a society experiencing the first shockwaves of liberalization.

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Directed by Carlos Saura
  • The Hunt

    Episode 1

    Directed by Carlos Saura • 1966 • Spain
    Starring Ismael Merlo, Alfredo Mayo, José María Prada

    Carlos Saura’s international breakthrough is a tour de force of psychological tension in which three men, all veterans of the Spanish Civil War, reunite in the village of Castille for a day of drinking ...

  • Peppermint Frappé

    Episode 2

    Directed by Carlos Saura • 1967 • Spain
    Starring Geraldine Chaplin, José Luis López Vázquez, Alfredo Mayo

    The first of Carlos Saura’s many collaborations with Geraldine Chaplin is a darkly comic psychological thriller that casts the actor in a VERTIGO-esque double role as both the glamorous, una...

  • Stress Is Three

    Episode 3

    Directed by Carlos Saura • 1968 • Spain
    Starring Geraldine Chaplin, Juan Luis Galiardo, Fernando Cebrián

    A dangerous love triangle comes into focus as, over the course of one fateful day, a possessive industrialist (Fernando Cebrián), his unfaithful wife (Geraldine Chaplin), and his flirtatious ...

  • Honeycomb

    Episode 4

    Directed by Carlos Saura • 1969 • Spain
    Starring Geraldine Chaplin, Per Oscarsson, Emiliano Redondo

    Teresa (Geraldine Chaplin) and her husband Pedro (Per Oscarsson) live comfortably in an ultramodern brutalist home that is suddenly upended when she inherits a trove of old furniture from her fami...

  • The Garden of Delights

    Episode 5

    Directed by Carlos Saura • 1970 • Spain
    Starring José Luis López Vázquez, Luchy Soto, Lina Canalejas

    Following a car accident, a megawealthy businessman (José Luis López Vázquez) is left paralyzed and with no memory of who he is or of anything connected to his previous life—including the number ...

  • Ana and the Wolves

    Episode 6

    Directed by Carlos Saura • 1973 • Spain
    Starring Geraldine Chaplin, José María Prada, José Vivó

    One of director Carlos Saura’s most potent allegories for the hypocrisy and repression that defined Francoist Spain follows Ana (Geraldine Chaplin), a young English woman who arrives at a remote Spani...

  • Cousin Angelica

    Episode 7

    Directed by Carlos Saura • 1974 • Spain
    Starring José Luis López Vázquez, Lina Canalejas, Fernando Delgado

    Carlos Saura’s most explosively controversial work, COUSIN ANGELICA ignited a violent uproar for its provocative treatment of the Spanish Civil War, with the film’s right-wing detractors go...

  • Cría cuervos . . .

    Episode 8

    Directed by Carlos Saura • 1976 • Spain
    Starring Ana Torrent, Geraldine Chaplin, Conchita Pérez

    Carlos Saura’s exquisite CRÍA CUERVOS . . . heralded a turning point in Spain: shot while General Franco was on his deathbed, the film melds the personal and the political in a portrait of the legacy ...

  • Elisa, vida mía

    Episode 9

    Directed by Carlos Saura • 1977 • Spain
    Starring Fernando Rey, Geraldine Chaplin, Isabel Mestres

    In ELISA, VIDA MÍA (“Elisa, My Dear”), Carlos Saura explores one of his recurring obsessions—interplay between past and present, memory and reality—through a spellbinding portrait of a complex father...

  • Los ojos vendados

    Episode 10

    Directed by Carlos Saura • 1978 • Spain
    Starring Geraldine Chaplin, José Luis Gómez, Xabier Elorriaga

    Carlos Saura returns to the potent themes of trauma and repression that run through nearly all of his 1970s films that deal, in one way or another, with the psychological effects of authoritaria...

  • Deprisa, deprisa

    Episode 11

    Directed by Carlos Saura • 1981 • Spain
    Starring Berta Socuéllamos, José Antonio Valdelomar

    In making DEPRISA, DEPRISA, director Carlos Saura populated his cast with actual denizens of the Madrid streets to tell the story of youth on the edge of doom. Angela (Berta Socuéllamos) is a young waitre...

  • Sweet Hours

    Episode 12

    Directed by Carlos Saura • 1982 • Spain, France
    Starring Assumpta Serna, Iñaki Aierra, Álvaro de Luna

    Juan (Iñaki Aierra), a playwright obsessed by his torrid family history, attempts to work through the unresolved issues of his past by staging an autobiographical play entitled “Sweet Hours.” As...

  • Marathon

    Episode 13

    Directed by Carlos Saura • 1993 • Spain

    Carlos Saura's film of the Games of the XXV Olympiad Barcelona 1992 brings a visual flair and humanism that paid excellent tribute to the Games and to the Catalan capital. The title event, the men's marathon, was chosen both as symbol and leitmotif, in par...