The Fernando Arrabal Collection [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • New Digital transfers, enhanced for 16x9 TVs
  • Interviews with Fernando Arrabal
  • Fernando Arrabal in Hollywood
  • Liner notes on each film by Rayo Casablanca
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Lobbycard galleries
  • New English subtitle translations for each film

Synopsis

I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse
Love, death, sainthood and murder figure in this French film by Spanish director Fernan Arrabal, better known for his film Viva La Muerte. Aden Rey (George Shannon) is an epileptic boy whose life has been stunted by the heavy religiosity and repressiveness of his mother (Emmanuele Riva), who has had numerous lovers. When she is found killed, the boy (who did not kill her) is the primary suspect. He flees, and goes to the desert. There, he finds a small-statured man (Hachemi Marzouk), a hermit. The hermit is very innocent, saintlike and free. Aden returns to the city with the hermit, who gets work as a circus performer until he frees the show's animals and Aden is wounded by pursuing police. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

L'Arbre de Guernica
The director of this film, Fernando Arrabal, himself an exile from Spain, tells a story which takes place during the time of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). A woman nearly suffers rape by the nephew of the local nobleman but is rescued by the man's son. The boy is an artist whose works are too modern and rebellious, even blasphemous, for his conservative countrymen. After fighting for some time with the Republican cause, both of them are arrested by the Franco faction. The boy is tortured and disfigured by his captors, but his love for the woman restores him to full life. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Viva la Muerte
This is an extremely violent, gory, and surreal meditation on the life of a young lad during the time of the Spanish Civil War, as he attempts to find out what happened to his father, who has disappeared. It turns out that his mother, devout in her loyalty to the Falange, has turned him in as a leftist. Multiple scenes involve castration and the consumption of testicles, in one case by a victimized priest. The grotesquery includes a fantasy scene of a city swamped in the boy's urine, the mother having a bowel movement over the head of his father, and a deeply Oedipal scene with the boy, a bull and his mother. Not for the faint of heart, this film achieved cult status in New York City shortly after its release. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Emmanuelle Riva
    Emmanuelle Riva - Aden's Mother
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    George Shannon - Aden Rey
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    Hachemi Marzouk - Marvel
  • Marco Perrin
    Marco Perrin - Oscar Tabak
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    François Chatelet
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