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Los Amantes del círculo polar / Lovers of the arctic circle

Directed by: Julio Medem.

Cast: Najwa Nimri, Fele Martinez, Nancho Novo, Manu Valdivielso.

Two lovers are about to embark on an erotic odyssey that will take them to the ends of the earth. A story of love and sexual awakening so powerful it will alter the course of their forever. In Spanish with English subtitles. VHS hi-fi; stereo.

 

 

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El Amor brujo / Love, the magician.

Directed by: Carlos Saura.

Cast: Antonio Gades, Cristina Hoyos, Laura Del Sol, Juan Antonio Jimenez, Emma Penella.

Set in Spain, a sizzling tale of young lovers separated by fate, but whose hearts still burn with a passion only for each other. Spanish with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Atame! Tie me up, tie me down

Directed by: Pedro Almodovar.

Cast: Victoria Abril, Antonio Banderas, Loles Leon.

Comedy about an orphaned mental patient who is determined to create an ideal family for himself, so, in an irrationally inspired bid for love, he kidnaps a recovering drug addict/porn star. In Spanish with English subtitles. DVD.

 

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Auberge espagnole/ Spanish apartment

Directed by:Câedric Klapisch.

Cast: Romain Duris, Judith Godráeche, Audrey Tautou, Câecile De France, Kelly Reilly, Cristina Brondo, Federico D'Anna, Barnaby Metschurat, Christian Pagh, Kevin Bishop, Xavier de Guillebon.

Xavier is a straight-laced French college senior who moves to Barcelona as part of a student exchange program, much to the dismay of his beautiful girlfriend. But sharing cramped quarters with students from all over Europe quickly leads to multi-cultural chaos as Xavier gets an eye-opening lesson on how to live, love, laugh and party. In French and Spanish dialogue with optional English and Spanish subtitles. DVD.

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Belle epoque / The age of beauty

Directed by: Fernando Trueba.

Cast: Jorge Sanz, Fernando Fernâan-Gâomez, Miriam Diaz-Aroca, Ariadna Gil, Maribel Verdâu, Penâelope Cruz, Mary Carmen Ramâirez.

Fernando, a handsome, young Spanish Civil War deserter who befriends a free-thinking artist, finds himself in a romantic dilemma when the artist's four beautiful daughters return to their country home. Which woman should he love? In Spanish or English with English or Spanish subtitles. DVD.

 

 

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Cabeza de Vaca

Directed by: Nicolâas Echevarria

Cast: Juan Diego, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Roberto Sosa.

Account of the Spanish explorer's capture, escape, and journey from Texas to Mexico City (1527-1537). Includes tales of El Dorado. Spanish dialogue, English subtitles.



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Carne trémula / Live flesh

Directed by: Pedro Almodâovar.

Cast: Javier Bardem, Francesca Neri, Liberto Rabal, âAngela Molina, Jâose Sancho, Pilar Bardem, Penâelope Cruz.

The lives of five people are intertwined by romance, friendship and rivalry. Victor has fallen for a woman, Elena. Elena wants nothing to do with Victor and she calls the cops when he shows up at her apartment. The two cops that show up are David and Sancho. Sancho is a chronic, abusive drunk and believes his wife, Clara may be having an affair with his partner, David. In Spanish with English, French, or Spanish subtitles. DVD.

 

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Carol's journey

Directed by: Imanol Uribe.

Cast: Clara Lago, Juan Josâe Ballesta, Alvaro de Luna, Marâia Barranco, Carmelo Gâomez, Rosa Ma Sardâa.

Carol, a 12-year-old Spanish-American girl from New York, travels with her mother to Spain in the spring of 1938, at the height of the Spanish Civil War. Separated from her beloved father, she arrives in her mother's home village and transforms the secretive family environment. Her innocence and rebellious nature drive her at first to reject a world that is both new and foreign. But she soon journeys into adulthood through a friendship with the village teacher and a young local boy. Soundtrack in Spanish with English subtitles. DVD.

 

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Las cartas de Alou / Letters from Alou

Directed by: Montxo Armendariz.

Cast: Mulie Jarju, Eulalia Ramen, Anmed El-Maaroufi.

Tells the story of Alou, an African immigrant, who works his way to Barcelona, where he is due to meet up with a friend. The exploitation and discrimination he faces are accurately documented. In Spanish, French and Sengalese with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Caudillo the history of the Spanish Civil War

Directed by: Basilio Martín Patino.

Tells the story of General Franco's revolt and the ensuing Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 from both the Republican and Falangist points of view. Includes documentary film footage, narrative excerpts from various well-known writers who reported on the war at first hand, and contemporary visits with surviving participants. In Spanish with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Un chien Andalou / Land without bread

Directed by: Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali.

Un chien Andalou, a surrealistic movie, was written over the course of a three day exchange of fantasies and dreams with Salvador Dali. Land without bread is Bunuel's only documentary film. It portrays the everyday lives of indigent peasants in one of Spain's most desolate regions.
Un chien Andalou is a silent film with musical accompaniment and French subtitles. Land without bread is in English.

 

 

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Cosas que dejé en La Habana / Things I left in Havana

Directed by: Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón.

Cast: Jorge Perugorrâia, Violeta Rodrâiguez, Kiti Manver, Broselianda Hernâandez, Isabel Santos, Daisy Granados, Charo Soriano.

Three young, charming and beautiful sisters leave Cuba in search for the good life in Spain. Once in Madrid, they move in with their aunt who owns a sweatshop that makes fur coats. Since they lack work permits, their aunt plans to marry them off to suit her own interests. But a friend of their aunt's decides to protect the girls from these manipulations. That is until the friend and one of the sisters ends up falling in love with the same man. In Spanish with English subtitles. Also issued on VHS. DVD.

 

 

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Cria!

Directed by: Carlos Saura.

Cast: Ana Torrent, Conchi Perez, Maite Sanchez, Geraldine Chaplin.

Drama about a little girl's reaction to her father's death. Spanish dialogue, English subtitles. VHS.

 

 

 

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Día de la bestia / The day of the beast

Directed by: Alex de la Iglesia

Cast: Alex Angulo, Armando De Razza, Santiago Segura, Terele Páavez, Nathalie Seseäna, Jaime Blanch, Maria Grazia Cucinotta.

Father Angel is convinced that the antichrist will be born in Madrid on Christmas Day. With the help of a store clerk and a reality show guru, he attempts to stop the monster. Dubbed in English. VHS.

 

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Deprisa, deprisa / Faster, faster

Directed by: Carlos Saura.

Cast: Berta Socuellamos Zarco, Josâe Antonio Valdelomar, Jesus Arias Aranzeque, Josâe Ma Hervas Roldan.

This film noir about juvenile delinquents tries to show how modern Spanish society can alienate its youth and thus become the real villain. In Spanish with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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El Derecho de asilo

Directed by: Alejo Carpentier.

Cast: Susana Mara, Xabier Elorriaga, Josâe Mariâa Cafarell, Augustâin Gonzales, Josâe Ruis Lifante, Luis Ciges, Josâe Riesco y Pablos Blanco.

An uproariously funny story about a Latin-American coup, featuring an opportunistic escapee who takes refuge at a neighboring consulate inhabited by a dim-witted ambassador and his attractive wife. A humorous and provocative story by the master "magical realist." In Spanish with no subtitles. VHS.

 

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Elisa, vida mia / Elias Querejeta

Directed by: Carlos Saura.

Cast: Geraldine Chaplin, Fernando Rey.

Elisa and her father, a famous novelist, are reunited after twenty years. In an isolated farmhouse in Segovia they discuss their problems. A psychological, introspective drama. In Spanish with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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En la ciudad sin límites / The city of no limits

Directed by: Antonio Hernández.

Cast: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Fernando Fernâan-Gâomez, Geraldine Chaplin, Ana Fernâandez, Adriana Ozores.

The mysterious ramblings of a dying old man hide a terrible secret that could scar his family forever. An elderly Spanish man in a Paris hospital awaits surgery for a brain tumor, which, his family believes has made him mad. Only the old man's youngest son Victor believes his ramblings about a mysterious man named "Rancel" whom he claims is in danger. Spanish (5.1 surround) or English (stereo) dialogue, English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
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El espinazo del diablo / The devil's backbone

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro.

Cast: Marisa Parades, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve, Iänigo Garcâes, Irene Visedo.

During the Spanish Civil War, young Carlos is abandoned at a completely isolated orphanage. The tensions therein have been building for years, exacerbated by the unexploded bomb resting menacingly in the courtyard. Bullies scheme, tempers flare, and a ghost that visits Carlos's bed seems to be the key to it all. In Spanish with English subtitles. DVD.

 

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El espíritu de la colmena / The spirit of the beehive

Directed by: Víctor Erice.

Cast: Fernando Fernâan Gâomez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellerâia, Queti de la Câamara, Estanis Gonzâalez, Josâe Villasante, Juan Margallo, Lali Soldevila, Miguel Picazo.

After the Civil War, a Spanish family lives in retreat in the countryside. When a traveling cinema truck comes to their village, two little sisters are profoundly affected by viewing the old film, Frankenstein. The younger girl becomes so obsessed with its images and story that she tries to recreate it in reality. The hypnotic mood of the driven child permeates the film itself, building a sense of dread not unlike that of a horror film, but based on the poetry of a child's imagination. In Spanish with English subtitles. VHS format.

 

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Flamenco

Directed by: Carlos Sauro.

Cast: Joaquin Cortes, Paco de Lucia, Manolo Sanlucar, Lolo and Manuel, Farruco.

A series of flamenco dances, "an integral part of the Spanish heart and culture" are performed by three hundred dancers and photographed by the master cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro. In Spanish with some English subtitles. VHS

 

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Hable con ella / Talk to her

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar.

Cast: Javier Câamara, Darâio Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Rosario Flores, Mariola Fuentes, Geraldine Chaplin.

In a private clinic Barco and Benigno strike up a friendship while caring for comatose women. In Spanish or French with English and French subtitles. DVD; Dolby digital 5.1.; widescreen presentation.



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I'm the one you're looking for

Directed by: Jaime Chavarri.

Cast: Patricia Adriani, Chus Lampreave, and others.

Through the exotic streets of Barcelona's underworld, the darker side of love and sexuality comes to life in a taut psychological thriller about a beautiful celebrity model seeking revenge from her rapist. Vengeful desire becomes an uncontrollable obsession when she teams up with a short-tempered taxi driver and a hot-blooded erotic dancer in her frantic search. Bizarre pitfalls and dangerous plot twists weave this film into a turbulent and suspenseful thriller. Spanish with English subtitles .VHS format.

 

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Jamo´n jamón / A tale of ham and passion

Directed by: Bigas Luna.

Cast: Stefania Sandrelli, Anna Galiena, Juan Diego, Penâelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Jordi Molláa.

Hilarious, sexy, and complex story of two young lovers, the pregnant Sylvia and her lover José Luis. When they announce their plan to wed, his mother hires the town's sexiest man to break up the marriage. Naturally, nothing goes as planned. In Spanish with English subtitles. VHS.



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Juana la Loca / Joan the mad

Directed by: Vicente Aranda.

Cast: Pilar Lâopez de Ayala, Daniele Liotti, Rosana Pastor, Giuliano Gemma, Roberto Alvarez.

Historical drama about the life of Juana, the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, and the politics, passion, and power struggle that enveloped her life. In Spanish (5.1 surround sound) with optional subtitles in English and French. DVD.

 

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Kika

Directed by: Pedro Almodâovar.

Cast: Veronica Forquâe, Peter Coyote, Victoria Abril, Alex Casanovas, Rossy de Palma, Santiago Lajusticia, Anabel Alonso, Bibi Andersen, Jesâus Bonilla, Karra Elejalde, Manuel Bandera.

A dizzy dame hairdresser, Kika, gets involved with a host of unusual characters: a homicidal expatriate Yank writer, Nicholas, and his bewildered stepson, Ramon, an uncommunicative underwear photographer; a vampish, oddball femme tv reporter, Andrea, who's constantly on the lookout for "reality" scoops and who wears a rubber suit with a revolving video camera mounted on her head; a lesbian maid, Juana, and her mentally-deficient convicted rapist brother, Pablo, who escaped while on parole from prison to attend a religious festival in his home town. In Spanish with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Laberinto de pasiones / Labyrinth of passion

Directed by: Pedro Almodovar.

Cast: Celia Roth, Imanol Arias, Antonio Banderas.

Spanish with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Lengua de las mariposas / Butterfly

Directed by: Jose Luis Cuerda.

Cast: Fernando Fernan-Gomez, Manuel Lozano, Uxia Blanco, Gonzalo Uriarte.

A shy young boy is brought out of his cocoon by a wise teacher who shows him the wonder of the natural world around him, amidst the growing tensions and chaos of the Spanish Civil War in Galicia. In Spanish with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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La Linea del cielo / Skyline

Directed by: Fernando Colomo.

Cast: Antonio Resines, Beatriz Perez-Porro, Jaime Nos, Roy Hoffman, Patricia Cisarano, Whit Stillman, Irene Stillman.

Depicts the adventures and misadventures of a Spanish photographer who comes to Manhattan seeking fame and fortune in the Big Apple. In Spanish with English subtitles. VHS

 

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Los lunes al sol / Mondays in the sun

Directed by: Fernando León de Aranoa.

Cast: Javier Bardem, Luis Tosar, Josâe âAngel Egido, Nieve de Medina, Enrique Villâen, Celso Bugallo, Joaquâin Climent, Aida Folch, Serge Riaboukine.

Laid off from the local shipyard, six men spend their days at the town bar, where they discuss their current state. Gruff puts up a tough front. The morose José openly worries about his wife, whom he fears might leave him. Amador, the oldest of the bunch, keeps reassuring everyone that his wife will be back any day now from her trip. Meanwhile, Lino refuses to give up hope of employment, going to interview after interview for jobs being offered to applicants half his age. Presiding over the glum bunch is Rico, the bar owner and the men's co-worker from their shipyard days. Spanish dialogue, English subtitles. DVD.

 

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Mama turns 100 / Mamá cumple 100 años

Directed by: Carlos Saura.

Cast: Geraldine Chaplin, Rafaela Aparicio, Amparo Muänoz, Fernando Fernan Gâomez, Norman Brinsky.

Spanish with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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La niña de tus ojos / Girl of your dreams

Directed by: Fernando Trueba.

Cast: Neus Asensi, Jesâus Bonilla, Penâelope Cruz, Loles Leâon, Antonio Resines, Jorge Sanz, Rosa Mariâa Sardâa.

In Civil War torn Spain, Germany invites a group of filmmakers to shoot two versions of the Andalusian musical drama "The girl of your dreams" in Berlin. Happy to leave the war behind them, the troupe of Spaniards start filming in Hitler's Berlin. The hospitality upon their arrival has more to do with the youthful charms of Macarena Granada. What's more, the only Andalusion-looking extras in Germany are the gypsies and Jewish prisoners in a nearby concentration camp. When Macarena befriends one of the prisoners, the troupe must decide if the movie is more important than their lives. Castilian and Neutral Spanish dialogue, English subtitles. DVD.

 

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El otro lado de la cama / The other side of the bed

Directed by: Emilio Martínez-Lázaro.

Cast: Ernesto Alterio, Paz Vega, Guillermo Toledo, Natalia Verbeke, Alberto San Juan, Marâia Esteve.

The story of two couples, along with a collection of their friends and co-workers, whose switching back and forth between their lovers leads to lies and heartache and lots of song and dance. In Spanish with English subtitles DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital.

 

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Los Santos inocentes / The holy innocents

Directed by: Mario Camus.

Cast: Alfredo Landa, Francisco Rabal, Terele P‚avez.

peasant family working for well-to-do landowners in northern Spain struggles with the callousness of the employers. Spanish dialogue, English subtitles. VHS.

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Solas / Alone

Directed by: Benito Zambrano.

Cast: Mar‚ia Galiana, Ana Fern‚andez, Carlos ‚Alvarez, Antonio Dechent, Paco de Osca, Juan Fern‚andez, Miguel Alcibar.

A touching story about women whose emotional lives are as rich as their surroundings are poor. Maria is a troubled woman who drinks, smokes, and steals, desperate for oblivion and angry at the entire world. Emotional rescue comes in the form of her own mother who comes to visit while her father is in the hospital. Her mother cooks, crochets and befriends the gentlemanly neighbor who lives downstairs, while patiently trying to reach out to her own daughter. Spanish dialogue, English subtitles. DVD, Region 1 encoding.

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The Summer of Miss Forbes

Directed by: Jaime Humberto Hermosillo

Cast: Hanna Schygulla, Alexis Castanares, and others

Explores the excitement of repressed desire. Miss Forbes is a go verness hired to look after two boys whose parents have taken a six-week vacation. By day, she runs the household with oppressive discipline, prompting the boys to fantasize about her brutal murder. By night, she parades around the house naked, drunk on tequila. The boys spy on her nighttime binges and her attempted seduction of their scuba teacher. But ever their plans for her death are not as grim as her ultimate fate. Spanish with English subtitles. VHS format

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Tacones lejanos / High heels

Directed by: Pedro Almodâovar.

Cast: Victoria Abril, Marisa Paredes, Miguel Bosâe.

The husband of a TV anchorwoman, ex-lover of her long-estranged singer- actress mother, is mysteriously killed, and both mother and daughter come under suspicion in a frenzied investigation filled with romantic mix-ups and mistaken identities. In Spanish with English subtitles. VHS.



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Tesis / Thesis

Directed by: Alejandro AmenŠbar

Cast:Ana Torrent, Fele Martainez, Eduardo Noriega, NievesHerranz, Rosa Campillo.

Angela, a university student in Madrid, is writing a thesis on violence in the media. During her research she discovers a "snuff movie," a film in which a murder has actually been committed on film. She soon uncovers evidence that the film was shot on the university campus, and that school administrators may be involved in a series of disappearances of students. In Spanish with English subtitles. DVD

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Todo sobre mi madre / All about my mother

Directed by: Pedro Almodůvar

Cast: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Pen‚elope Cruz, Candela Pešna, Antonia San Juan, Rosa Mar‚ia Sard‚a

Manuela is the perfect mother. A hard-working nurse, she's built a comfortable life for herself and her teenage son. But when tragedy strikes and her son is killed in a car accident, her world crumbles. In Spanish with English subtitles. VHS; hi-fi, Dolby surround.

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Tristana

Directed by: Luis BuŮuel

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, Franco Nero

Set in 1920's Spain, this film is a scathing examination of moral decay. Tristana, a victim of her own captivating beauty, is desired by two men. One is her lecherous guardian whose physical advances repulse her and cause her to have nightmares of his death by decapitation, and the other is a young artist who wants to marry her, but lacks the courage. In Spanish with English subtitles. VHS.

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Yo, la peor de todas / I, the worst of all

Directed by: Maria Luisa Bemberg

Cast: Assumpta Serna, Dominique Sanda, Hector Alterio, Lautaro Murua, Alberto Segado, Franklin Caicedo, Graciela Araujo, Hugo Soto, Gerardo Romano

This historical drama tells the story of Juana Inťs de la Cruz, one of the greatest poets of the Spanish Siglo de Oro. In order to pursue her passion for writing, Juana enters the convent. There, she develops an intimate relationship with the vicereine, who inspires her poetry. But when the forces of the Inquisition invade the convent, the women have only each other to turn to. In Spanish with English subtitles. VHS

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