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Title El espinazo del diablo / Agustín y Pedro Almodóvar presentan ; una producción El Deseo S.A., Tequila Gang ; una película de Guillermo del Toro ; guión, Guillermo del Toro, Antonio Trashorras, David Muñoz ; productore, Agustín Almodóvar, Bertha Navarro ; dirección, Guillermo del Toro.

Published [New York] : Criterion Collection, [2013]


Location Call No. Status
Edition Director-approved two-DVD special ed.
Physical description 2 videodiscs (108 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert.
polychrome rdacc
Series The Criterion collection ; 666.
Criterion collection ; 666.
Credits Editor, Luis de la Madrid ; music, Javier Navarrete ; director of photography, Guillermo Navarro.
Notes Originally released as a motion picture in 2001.
Special features: Disc 1: Guillermo del Toro introduction; Commentary featuring writer-director Guillermo del Toro; Trailer. Disc 2: Summoning spirits (interview with Guillermo del Toro); ¿Que es un fantasma? (2004 making-of documentary); Spanish gothic (2010 interview with writer-director Guillermo del Toro conducted by Javier Soto); Director's notebook (interactive gallery includes preparatory drawings and concepts); Designing The devil's backbone (interview with the filmmaker about the initial designs and prosthetics for the characters, effects, and art direction); Deleted scenes; Sketch, storyboard, screen (compares del Toro's thumbnail sketches and Carlos Giménez's storyboards with the final film); A war of values (new interview with Sebastiaan Faber about the film's depiction of the Spanish Civil War). Insert includes an essay by critic Mark Kermode.
Performers Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve, Íñigo Garcés, Irene Visedo, José Manuel Lorenzo, Paco Maestre.
Audience MPAA rating: R; for violence, language and some sexuality.
Summary The most personal film by Guillermo del Toro is also among his most frightening and emotionally layered. Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, 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 that the scariest monsters are often the human ones.
System notes DVD; NTSC; region 1; widescreen (16:9, 1.85:1) presentation; Dolby digital 5.1.
Language notes Spanish dialogue with optional English subtitles.
Other author Toro, Guillermo del, 1964- screenwriter, film director.
Almodóvar, Agustin, film producer.
Almodóvar, Pedro, film producer.
Trashorras, Antonio, screenwriter.
Muñoz, David, 1968- screenwriter.
Navarro, Bertha, film producer.
Paredes, Marisa, 1946- actor.
Noriega, Eduardo, 1973- actor.
Luppi, Federico, actor.
Tielve, Fernando, actor.
Garcés, Iñigo, actor.
Visedo, Irene, 1978- actor.
Lorenzo, José Manuel, 1959- actor.
Maestre, Francisco, actor.
Madrid, Luis de la, editor of moving image work.
Macarrón, César, production designer.
Navarrete, Javier, 1956- composer.
Navarro, Guillermo, director of photography.
Soto, Javier, 1969- interviewer.
Giménez, Carlos, 1941- artist.
Faber, Sebastiaan, 1969- interviewee.
Kermode, Mark, author of added text.
Deseo, S.A.
Tequila Gang (Firm)
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Subject Haunted places -- Spain -- Drama.
Orphanages -- Spain -- Drama.
Orphans -- Spain -- Drama.
Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939 -- Drama.
Horror films.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Feature films -- Spain.
Feature films -- Mexico.
Foreign language films -- Spanish.
Variant Title Title on container: Devil's backbone.
Standard Number 715515107815
ISBN 9781604657432
Publisher Number CC2280D The Criterion Collection