The Devil's Backbone [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [2001]

  • SKU: 6002114
  • Release Date: 07/30/2013
  • Rating: R
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Special Features

  • Audio Commentary featuring del Toro
  • Video introduction by del Toro from 2010
  • New and archival interviews with del Toro about the creation of his film
  • ¿Que es un fantasma?, a 2004 making-of documentary
  • Interactive Director's Notebook
  • Four deleted scenes, with commentary by del Toro
  • New interview with scholar Sebastian Faber about the film's depiction of the Spanish Civil War
  • Program comparing del Toro's thumbnail sketches and Carlos Giménez's storyboards with the final film
  • Selected on-screen presentation of del Toro's thumbnail sketches
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation by del Toro
  • Plus: An essay by critic Mark Kermode

Synopsis

The Devil's Backbone
Guillermo del Toro, who quickly became one of the most talked-about directors in contemporary horror films with his first two features, Chronos and Mimic, takes on a more subtle tale of terror with this psychological suspense piece. Casares (Federico Luppi) and Carmen (Marisa Paredes) operate a small home for orphans in a remote part of Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Helping the couple mind the orphanage are Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega), the groundskeeper, and Conchita (Irene Visedo), a teacher who is also involved with Jacinto. Casares and Carmen are aligned with the Republican loyalists, and are hiding a large cache of gold that's used to back the Republican treasury; perhaps not coincidentally, the orphanage has also been subject to attacks from Franco's troops, and an unexploded bomb waits to be defused in the home's courtyard. One day, a boy named Carlos (Fernando Tielve) arrives at the home, looking for a place to stay after being left behind by his parents. Casares and Carmen take him in, and the boy soon strikes up an unlikely friendship with Jaime (Inigo Garces), a boy with a reputation for tormenting other kids. But Carlos soon begins having visions of a mysterious apparition he can't identify, and hears strange stories about a child named Santi who went missing the day the bomb appeared near the orphanage. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Marisa Paredes
    Marisa Paredes - Carmen
  • Eduardo Noriega
    Eduardo Noriega - Jacinto
  • Federico Luppi
    Federico Luppi - Casares
  • Fernando Tielve
    Fernando Tielve
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    Inigo Garces - Jaime

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