The Devil's Backbone (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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The most personal film by Guillermo del Toro (Cronos) is also among his most frightening and emotionally layered. Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE tells the tale of a ten-year-old boy who, after his freedom-fighting father is killed, is sent to a haunted rural orphanage full of terrible secrets. Del Toro effectively combines gothic ghost story, murder mystery, and historical melodrama in a stylish concoction that reminds us—as would his later Pan’s Labyrinth—that the scariest monsters are often the human ones.
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As with all the Criterion edition this is no exception.
The only complain about it is not about this title but about the rest of the entire catalogue of Criterion.
I'm a spanish speaker. Of course, I can watch a movie in english without subtitles but not all can do the same.
Is it so expensive for Criterion to include subtitles in other language than english in their releases?
I think thay they're loosing a big chunk of the market for not doing it so.
a signed Blu Ray Criterion . Del-Toro is an excellent Artist in his own , and it shows in this film , He has a way with directing chidden
so as to see the story from a child's point of view , Especially where scene's of Terror or horror to Adults would be running scared , The child is seeing , not horror , but instead hiding , the child or children are curious , a kindred spirit . The real horror is outside , with the living who willing to murder a child for just being in the way. Guillermo Del-Toro shows us, in this remarkable film .
Thank you everyone : For giving me your time.
What you do have is a stunning film with great actors playing real people with real issues. Three or four stories are interwoven perfectly, set off with great imagery...all set around the Spanish civil war and the haunting corridors of an orphanage for abandoned children.
While the film does contain a ghost -the murdered child, Santi- the real horror of the film comes from the greed of certain adults who occupy the orphanage with the children.
This film is intelligent poetry on screen -mortality, love, hate, jealousy, greed and redemption are all explored.
This film puts many films to shame just for having a great story at it's core.
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