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Carlos Saura

Highest Rated:   100% Flamenco, Flamenco (2010)
Lowest Rated:   54% Goya in Bordeaux (2000)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
78% 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
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2012
No Score Yet Io, Don Giovanni
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2010
100% Flamenco, Flamenco
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2010
96% Fados
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2009
No Score Yet Carlos Saura's Flamenco Trilogy
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Iberia
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
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)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2001
54% Goya in Bordeaux
  • Screenwriter
2000
67% Tango
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
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!
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet The Dark Night (La noche oscura)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet El Dorado
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1988
100% El Sur (The South)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1988
No Score Yet El Amor Brujo
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet The Stilts (Los Zancos)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1984
No Score Yet Carmen
  • Screenwriter
1983
No Score Yet Elisa, My Love (Elisa, vida mia)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1983
No Score Yet Antonieta
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1983
No Score Yet Carlos Saura Dance Trilogy Part 1 - Carmen
  • Director
1983
No Score Yet Blood Wedding
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Deprisa, Deprisa
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Carlos Saura Dance Trilogy Part 2 - Blood Wedding
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Mamá Cumple Cien Años (Mama Turns 100)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet Blindfolded Eyes (Los Ojos vendados)
  • Director
1978
No Score Yet Elisa Vida Mia
  • Director
1977
100% Raise Ravens (Cria Cuervos)
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1976
No Score Yet Cousin Angelica (La Prima Angelica)
  • Director
1974
No Score Yet The Hunt (La caza)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1974
No Score Yet Ana and the Wolves (Ana y los lobos)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1973
No Score Yet El Jardín de las delicias (The Garden of Delights)
  • Director
1972
No Score Yet Goya
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1970
No Score Yet Stress is Three, Three (Stress-es tres-tres)
  • Director
1968
No Score Yet Peppermint Frappe
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet La Caza (The Hunt)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1966
No Score Yet Llanto Por un Bandido
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet Los Golfos (The Delinquents)
  • Director
1960
No Score Yet Critico
  • Actor

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