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Pedro Almodóvar (Spain, b. 1949)
ABOUT PEDRO ALMODOVAR
One of the most acclaimed Spanish film directors internationally. He is best known for his use of melodrama, improbable circumstances, and a sophisticated use of kitch. A recurring theme in his work is the desire to connect with others. This yearning for fulfillment is often expressed through characters on the intellectual and social fringes of society; however, all of his films, he claims, have autobiographical elements.

FILMS DIRECTED BY PEDRO ALMODOVAR
DVD La mala educacion | Bad education [2004] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD Hable con ella | Talk to Her [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHSOscar for Best Origial Screenplay 2002 | Oscar-nominated for Best Director 2002
DVD Todo sobre mi madre | All About My Mother [1988] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD Carne trémula | Live Flesh [1997] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD La flor de mi secreto | The Flower of My Secret [1995] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD Kika [1993]  • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD ¡Átame! | Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! [1990] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios | Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown[1988] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD La ley del deseo | Law of Desire [1987] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD Matador [1986] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!! | What Have I Done to Deserve This? [1984] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS

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Alejandro Amenábar (Chile / Spain, b. 1972)
ABOUT ALEJANDRO AMENABAR
Born in Chile to a Spanish mother and Chilean father, the family returned to Spain when Amenábar was just and infant. Though he is young and has directed only a handful of films, he is considered one of the most important contemporary Spanish film directors. He dropped out of film school and produced his first short film at the age of 19. He writes and directs his own films and also has composed film scores. Both his disinterest in themes that look to Spain's recent past and his exploration of the surreal and fantastic set him apart from most other Spanish directors.

FILMS DIRECTED BY ALEJANDRO AMENABAR
DVD Mar adentro | The Sea Inside [2004] • MORE INFOBUY DVD Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film 2004
DVD The Others [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHSAmenábar's first English-language film.
DVD Abre los ojos | Open Your Eyes [1997] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHSAbre los ojos is a remake of the Hitchcock film Vertigo [1958]. In turn, the Cameron Crowe film Vanilla Sky [2001] is a remake of Abre los ojos.
DVD Tesis | Thesis [1996] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS


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Luis Buñuel (Spain / Mexico, b. 1900-d. 1983)
ABOUT LUIS BUÑUEL
Surrealism leaves its indelible mark across the span of Buñuel's work. During his university studies in Madrid, he befriended fellow student artists such as painter Salvador Dalí, poet Federico García Lorca. He gained experience working as a director's assistant in Paris before starting to create his own films. After the Spanish Civil War, he left for the United States, then migrated to Mexico in 1946 where he spent most of his later life and directed 21 films. In his later years, Buñuel also did film work in France. Disturbing and surreal images are his trademark. He also never shied from criticism of traditional institutions and attitudes such as organized religion and middle class morality. True to his surrealist roots, Buñuel neither promoted nor explained any of his work. For this reason, his work remains perplexing and is often misunderstood.

Although Buñuel made several French language films in his later years, only Spanish language films are listed here:

FILMS DIRECTED BY LUIS BUÑUEL
VHS Tristana [1970] • MORE INFOBUY VHS
VHS Simón del desierto | Simon of the desert [1965] • MORE INFOBUY VHS
VHS El ángel exterminador | The Exterminating Angel [1962] • MORE INFOBUY VHS
VHS Viridiana [1961] • MORE INFOBUY VHS
VHS Nazarín [1959] • MORE INFOBUY VHS
VHS Ensayo de un crime | The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz [1955] • MORE INFOBUY VHS
VHS Las aventuras de Robinson Crusoe | Robinson Crusoe [1954] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
VHS El | This Strange Passion [1953] • MORE INFOBUY VHS
VHS El Bruto | The Brute [1953] • MORE INFOBUY VHS
VHS Una mujer sin amor | A Woman Without Love [1952] • MORE INFOBUY VHS
VHS Susana | The Devil and the Flesh [1951] • MORE INFOBUY VHS
VHS Los Olvidados | The Young and the Damned [1950] • MORE INFOBUY VHS
VHS El Gran Calavera | The Great Madcap [1949] • MORE INFOBUY VHS


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Julio Medem (Spain, b. 1958)
ABOUT JULIO MEDEM
As a teenager, Medem made films with his father's Super8 camera. His fascination with the human mind led him to study psychiatry and he obtained a degree in medicine in 1985. Thereafter he worked as film critic, screenwriter, editor, and assistant director on various films. After winning a few awards for short films, Medem decided to turn his full attention to filmmaking. Interest in one of his screenplays (Vacas) by the production company Sogetel led to his first commercial success. Films that followed won him numerous prizes. His 2003 documentary film La pelota vasca about nationalism and political conflict in the Basque country of northern Spain was quite contentious among Castilians. Uproar over the film caused him to leave his home country to continue his work in France.

FILMS DIRECTED BY JULIO MEDEM
DVD Pelota vasca: la piel contra la piel | The Basque Ball: Skin Against Stone [2003]
DVD Lucía y el sexo | Sex and Lucia [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD Los amantes del círculo polar | The Lovers of the Arctic Circle [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD Tierra | Land [1996] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
VHS La ardilla roja | The Red Squirrel [1993] • MORE INFOBUY VHS
DVD Vacas | Cows [1992] • MORE INFOBUY DVD

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Robert Rodríguez (Texas, USA, b. 1968)
ABOUT ROBERT RODRIGUEZ
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Rodríguez is of Mexican descent, shoots his films in Texas and Mexico, and often casts Hispanics in his lead roles. The story behind his first film El Mariachi sounds like every young budding director's dream. The independent film was remarkable in many respects: Made on a budget of $7000 in 14 days with amateur actors and no second takes, the film became an instant favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, and won him a distribution deal with Columbia Pictures. The strongly independent filmmaker went on to make two popular follow-up movies to complete the mariachi trilogy, as well as other Hollywood hits. He has collaborated with the likes of Quentin Tarentino and Kevin Williamson and wears many hats in the creation of his own films, including editor, sound editor, production designer, and visual effects designer. Despite his high-key success, he remains unconventional in his approach and is still known for putting out films on relatively low budgets by Hollywood standards.

FILMS DIRECTED BY ROBERT RODRIGUEZ
DVD Sin City [2005] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D  [2005] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD Once Upon a Time in Mexico  [2003] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over [2003] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD Spy Kids [2001] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD From Dusk Till Dawn  [1996] • MORE INFOBUY DVD
DVD Desperado  [1995] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD El Mariachi [1992] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS

DVD Mexico Trilogy: El Mariachi / Desperado / Once Upon a Time in Mexico [1992] • MORE INFOBUY DVD


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Carlos Saura (Spain, b. 1932)
ABOUT CARLOS SAURA
From an artistically talented family, Carlos Saura was an avid photographer as a teenager and made his first 16mm film at 18. He at first pursued university studies in industrial engineering, but he gave that up to enroll at a cinematography school in Madrid. During the years of Franco's dictatorship, Saura increasingly addressed political themes shrouded in allegory and symbolism to evade censorship. His flight from objective reality shows the influence of Buñuelesque surrealism and the Spanish artistic tradition of esperpento, an absurd semi-fantastic type of humor. He leaves political themes behind in his work of the post-Franco era, leading some critics to believe that his creativity fed off the political situation at the time. Nonetheless, he has been equally prolific and continues to win awards for his later work.

FILMS DIRECTED BY CARLOS SAURA
DVD El séptimo día | The Seventh Day [2004]
DVD Salomé  [2002]
DVD Goya en Burdeos | Goya in Bordeaux [1999] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD Tango, no me dejes nunca | Tango [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD Flamenco [1995] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD ¡Dispara! | Outrage [1993] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
VHS Ay, Carmela! [1990] • MORE INFOBUY VHS
VHS Bodas de sangre | Blood Wedding [1981] • MORE INFOBUY VHS
VHS Deprisa, deprisa | Faster, Faster [1981] • MORE INFOBUY VHS
VHS Mamá cumple cien años | Mama Turns 100 [1979] • MORE INFOBUY VHS
DVD Elisa, vida mía | Elisa, My Life [1977] 
DVD Cría cuervos | Cria! [1976] • MORE INFOBUY DVD BUY VHS

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Fernando Trueba (Spain, b. 1955)
ABOUT FERNANDO TRUEBA
Trueba studied philosophy and cinema in Madrid. He worked as a film critic for various newpapers and journals and founded his own film magazine Casablanca in 1980, the same year in which he directed his first feature film (Opera primera). The Spanish director is known at home for his light comedies and projects that have tested the boundaries of good taste. Though he made his first English-language film in 1989 (The Mad Monkey), he first gained international attention with his Oscar-winning Belle epoque in 1993. He has also worked as a screenwriter and producer.

FILMS DIRECTED BY FERNANDO TRUEBA
DVD El Milagro de Candeal
 [2004]
DVD Blanco y negro
  [2003]
DVD El Embrujo de Shanghai
| The Shanghai Spell [2002] • MORE INFOBUY DVD
DVD Calle 54
 [2000] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD La niña de tus ojos
| The Girl of Your Dreams [1998] • MORE INFOBUY DVD BUY VHS
DVD Lumière et compagnie | Lumière and Company [1996] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD Two Much
 [1995] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS
DVD Belle epoque
| The Age of Beauty [1992] • MORE INFOBUY DVDBUY VHS Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film 1993
DVD El sueño del mono loco
| The Mad Monkey [1990]
DVD El año de las luces
| Year of Enlightenment [1986]
DVD Sé infiel y no mires con quién | Be Wanton and Tread No Shame [1985] • MORE INFOBUY DVD

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