Carlos Saura

Carlos Saura

Highest Rated: 100% Saura(s) (2017)

Lowest Rated: 54% Goya in Bordeaux (2000)

Birthday: Jan 4, 1932

Birthplace: Huesca, Aragón, Spain

Ranked among Europe's elite filmmakers, Carlos Saura had his greatest impact in the late '60s and early '70s when his often politically charged films revitalized Spanish cinema. Like his mentor Luis Buñuel, Saura freely blends reality with the macabre and an often grotesque surrealism to create worlds in which reality is subjective. Saura's most powerful films came during the last years of Franco's regime; while he still made important films after the dictator's death in 1975, many critics regard them as lacking the potency and lasting appeal of the earlier works.Saura was born the second of four children in Huesca, Spain. His father was a lawyer, his mother a pianist, and his brother, Antonio, grew up to become a noted abstract expressionist painter. In 1935, Saura's family weathered the Spanish Civil War in Madrid. The war had a tremendous impact on Saura, and snippets of his vivid, often terrifying memories would later appear in his films. As a young man, Saura briefly studied engineering but at age 18 left school to become a professional freelance photographer. Specializing in photographing dancers and musicians, Saura made a name for himself and even staged two one-man exhibitions, the second of which featured abstract photos inspired by Saura's brother, Antonio, who later suggested Saura study motion pictures. While attending Madrid's Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencas Cinematográficas (now known as the Escuela Oficial de Cinematografía), Saura and his peers were greatly influenced by Italian Neorealism, as evidenced by Saura's graduation short, La Tarde del Domingo/Sunday Afternoon (1957). Saura became a professor and taught film direction at the Escuela Oficial until 1963. In 1958, Saura released his color documentary Cuenca, followed by his debut fictional feature Las Golfos, which, though completed in 1959, was censored until the early '60s. The story of street hoodlums striving to escape their poverty by becoming bullfighters, it utilized a non-professional cast and was the first Spanish film shot entirely on location. Three years later, Saura made his second feature, Llanto por un Bandido/Lament for a Bandit (1964), a Spanish-French co-production about a famous Andalusian bandit. Though Saura wanted it to be a realistic account of the robber's life, the producers insisted on making it a swashbuckling epic. The resulting compromise was not only censored, it was a box-office failure and led Saura to eschew creative input from external sources on future projects. Recognizing Saura's talent and vision, producer Elías Querejeta respected the director's need for absolute creative control and produced many of Saura's subsequent films, beginning with La Caza/The Hunt (1965), a powerful psychological thriller which commented on the societal effects of Franco's ideology. By the mid-'60s, Saura started organizing his longtime production team, including cinematographer Luis Caudrado, film editor Pablo G. del Amo, and American actress Geraldine Chaplin, with whom he would have a long-term personal relationship and a child. La Caza earned high praise at several prominent international film festivals, including the Berlin Film Festival where it received the prestigious Silver Bear award. Saura won another Silver Bear in 1968 with Peppermint Frappé, a dark exploration of how church-and state-enforced societal, sexual, and psychological repression can lead good people to monstrous deeds. While Saura's criticism of Franco was initially fairly subtle, his views became more obvious with time, but the more censors trimmed Saura's work, the more outspoken he became. The Spanish government was more tolerant of Saura than they might otherwise have been (he was never banned from filmmaking) because his films earned Spanish cinema so much international acclaim at festivals. However, on one occasion, the Ministry of Information released a particularly inflammatory Saura film, El Jardín de las Delicias/The Garden of Delights (1970), w

Highest Rated Movies



100% Saura(s) Actor 2017
70% Argentina (Zonda: folclore argentino) Screenwriter Director $15.4K 2016
No Score Yet Jota de Saura Director 2016
58% Flamenco Director Screenwriter 2014
No Score Yet Flamenco Hoy Director 2013
No Score Yet 24 Cines por segundo: Sábanas blancas Actor 2013
No Score Yet Marathon Screenwriter Director 2012
No Score Yet Io, Don Giovanni Director Screenwriter 2010
100% Flamenco, Flamenco Screenwriter Director 2010
96% Fados Director Screenwriter Producer 2009
No Score Yet Carlos Saura's Flamenco Trilogy Director 2007
No Score Yet Iberia Screenwriter Director 2005
No Score Yet The 7th Day (Séptimo día, El) Director 2004
No Score Yet Salomé Screenwriter Director 2002
No Score Yet Bunuel and King Solomon's Table (Buñuel y la mesa del rey Salomón) Director Screenwriter 2001
54% Goya in Bordeaux Screenwriter 2000
68% Tango Screenwriter Director 1998
No Score Yet Little Bird Director 1997
No Score Yet Outrage! Director 1996
No Score Yet Flamenco Director 1995
No Score Yet Sevillanas Director 1992
No Score Yet Ay, Carmela! Director Screenwriter 1990
No Score Yet The Dark Night (La noche oscura) Director Screenwriter 1989
No Score Yet El Dorado Screenwriter Director 1988
100% El Sur (The South) Director 1988
No Score Yet El Amor Brujo Director 1986
No Score Yet The Stilts (Los Zancos) Screenwriter Director 1984
No Score Yet Carmen Screenwriter 1983
No Score Yet Elisa, My Love (Elisa, vida mia) Screenwriter Director 1983
No Score Yet Carlos Saura Dance Trilogy Part 1 - Carmen Director 1983
No Score Yet Antonieta Director Screenwriter 1983
No Score Yet Deprisa, Deprisa Screenwriter Director 1981
No Score Yet Blood Wedding (Bodas de sangre) Director Screenwriter 1981
No Score Yet Mamá Cumple Cien Años (Mama Turns 100) Director Screenwriter 1979
No Score Yet Blindfolded Eyes (Los Ojos vendados) Director 1978
100% Raise Ravens (Cria Cuervos) Director Screenwriter Producer 1976
No Score Yet Cousin Angelica (La Prima Angelica) Director 1974
No Score Yet Ana and the Wolves (Ana y los lobos) Director Screenwriter 1973
No Score Yet El Jardín de las delicias (The Garden of Delights) Director 1972
No Score Yet Goya Director Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet Stress is Three, Three (Stress-es tres-tres) Director 1968
No Score Yet Peppermint Frappe Screenwriter Director 1967
100% The Hunt (La caza) Screenwriter Director 1966
No Score Yet Los Zancos Director 1964
No Score Yet Los Golfos (The Delinquents) Director 1960
No Score Yet Critico Actor


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