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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: SEV14100BR
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • UPC: 760137141006
  • Street Date: 11/28/23
  • PreBook Date: 10/24/23
  • Label: Severin Films »
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run Time: 157 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1971
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot:
  • Territory: NORTH AMERICA
  • Language: English

 

Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •       Christopher Lee
  •       Herbert Lom
  •       Soledad Miranda
  •       Maria Rohm
  •       Jack Taylor
  •       Emma Cohen
  •       Jesús Franco
  •       Paul Muller
  •       Colette Jack
  •       Jeannine Mestre as Fred Williams
  •       Miguel Bilbatúa
  •       Román Gubern
  •       Joan Enric Lahosa
  •       Joan Miró
  • Director: Pere Portabella

 

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Vampir-Cuadecuc / Umbracle

Pere Portabella's subversive and avant-garde work as a director "expand the expressive potential of cinema" (MoMA).

Vampir-Cuadecuc / Umbracle
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THE NORTH AMERICAN BLU-RAY PREMIERES

Pere Portabella has been a pioneering movie producer and celebrated Spanish statesman, denounced by both the Franco dictatorship and The Vatican. But it's his subversive work as a director that has rewritten the rules of genre narrative. Or as The Museum of Modern Art says, "The films of Portabella expand the expressive potential of cinema": In 1970, Portabella was invited by Jess Franco to make a behind-the-scenes documentary on the filming of COUNT DRACULA. Instead, VAMPIR-CUADECUC became a dreamlike deconstruction of myths, monsters and moviemaking featuring Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom and Soledad Miranda as you've never seen them before. Christopher Lee also stars in Portabella's companion piece UMBRACLE, an unsettling journey through dread, violence and discontinuity with Lee at his most candid. Both films are now scanned in HD from Portabella's own vault elements for the first time ever in America.

Special Features

  • A Cinema Of Vampires: Pere Portabella, Jess Franco And The School Of Barcelona - Interview With Spanish Film Scholar Dr. Álex Mendíbil
  • VAMPIR-CUADECUC Trailer
  • Booklet Featuring Text By Pere Portabella And Film Critics Jonathan Rosenbaum And Federico Karstulovich
  • Media

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    Bonus Materials

    • A Cinema Of Vampires: Pere Portabella, Jess Franco And The School Of Barcelona – Interview With Spanish Film Scholar Dr. Álex Mendíbil
    • VAMPIR-CUADECUC Trailer
    • Booklet Featuring Text By Pere Portabella And Film Critics Jonathan Rosenbaum And Federico Karstulovich

    Sales Points

    • For fans of contemporary art
    • For fans of Bram Stoker's Dracula
    • For fans of NOCTURNO 29
    • For fans of film documentaries
    • For fans of the avant-garde
    • For fans of Jess Franco's COUNT DRACULA
    • For fans of arthouse cinema

    Press Quotes

    The films of Pere Portabella expand the expressive potential of cinema.

         —The Museum of Modern Art

    Portabella merits a wider audience... VAMPIR-CUADECUC is among the most highly regarded avant-garde films of the past half century, so distinctly worth seeing as to be almost mandatory.

         —The New York Times

    VAMPIR-CUADECUC is a masterpiece... More than a documentary, it is one of the most beautiful films ever made about anything.

         —Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

    VAMPIR-CUADECUC is remarkable... So vivid is Portabella's imagination that the result is best treated as its own original version of the Dracula story.

         —The Arts Desk

    Beautiful and intoxicating... VAMPIR-CUADECUC has the power to immerse you in a calming vortex of anti-reality.

         —Bleeding Skull

    A fascinating experience... VAMPIR-CUADECUC is a prime candidate for the most surreal making-of documentary ever made.

         —Mondo Digital

    It sears into your consciousness... VAMPIR-CUADECUC is a mesmerizingly meta-cinematic vampire story like no other.

         —Filmdaze

    Radically inventive... VAMPIR-CUADECUC feels like wandering somewhere between nightmares and waking life.

         —Filmdaze

    Portabella is in the pantheon of the greats... VAMPIR-CUADECUC is a remarkable work, elusive and evocative in its imagery.

         —In Review Online

    Genuinely otherworldly... VAMPIR-CUADECUC is a profoundly different take on a myth and the filmmaking surrounding it.

         —Eye for Film

    This is radical cinema... Surreal, disorienting and foreboding, UMBRACLE is Portabella's shadowy masterpiece.

         —Artforum

      

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