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  1. El Abuelo Kraken's rating of the film Umbracle

    El mayor valor de esta cinta se halla en su contexto, revolucionaria y contestataria, que denuncia los excesos del régimen franquista y la censura del Opus Dei. Así como en cintas anteriores, Portabella se sumerge en la exploración y la experimentación, recurriendo en veces a la improvisación, otorgándonos escenas sublimes como el canto y recital de Christopher Lee. Sin embargo, se queda por debajo de su Nocturno 29.

  2. Brotherdeacon's rating of the film Umbracle

    I want to hold out my hand to Pere Portabella and thank him. He's made a great film in Umbracle (1972), an uncommon and fortunate occurrence for people like myself.

  3. Marco Bevilacqua's rating of the film Umbracle

    The film has wonderful black and white images, with a strong use of contrast, grain and composition. What is peculiar is the director's taste for mixing different recordings with a non-linear theme (some of the scenes are among the best I ever seen). Clearly an avant-garde movie like some of the early film directors.

  4. Miggy Angel's rating of the film Umbracle

  5. Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film Umbracle

    A mash of two different films. One brilliant, one bad.

  6. Henri de Corinth's rating of the film Umbracle

    Two for Christopher Lee's rendition of "The Raven."

  7. petit astronaute's rating of the film Umbracle

    "No final de contas, o cinema pode ser algo tão elementar." (F.G.)

  8. oooooo's rating of the film Umbracle

  9. Yoon Bi's rating of the film Umbracle

    I enjoyed parts of it a lot and other parts not so much. As a whole I struggled to piece it together, but the good parts are worth seeing!

  10. Reynaldo Goulart's rating of the film Umbracle

    meta-technique to reflect on the power of image. powerful.

  11. Lilliawithwind's rating of the film Umbracle

  12. MoeHartman's rating of the film Umbracle

    Portabella concocts some great scenes. The mute sequences with Christopher Lee and Jeannine Mestre are cryptic but haunting, thanks in large part to the washed-out black-and-white photography and eerie sound effects, and the interviews with Spanish directors provide some insight into an often unexplored culture of cinema, but these and the many other parts of Umbracle fail to coalesce into anything intelligible.

  13. Nancy Stark's rating of the film Umbracle

    Loved the shoe store fetish homage to Bunuel.

  14. El Biffo's rating of the film Umbracle

    Incredible assemblage, starts as an avant-garde silent, then a documentary, archival footage, a tribute to silent cinema, and finally biting satire. Christopher Lee is marvelous. This truly underground, Franco-era film was originally shown only clandestinely at private screenings! Must-see!

  15. Xiao's rating of the film Umbracle

    Awesome musical accompaniment to some scenes in the latter half of the film...but in general..a miss.

  16. Mark's rating of the film Umbracle

    I don't know if Christopher Lee knew what he was getting himself into. but his presence certainly adds to the "film's" watchability. Some provocative photography and whimsical music choices help, but it all comes off as an extended joke at best.

  17. 101010101010110's rating of the film Umbracle

  18. Ethan's rating of the film Umbracle

    A very interesting film with the great Christopher Lee at the center.

  19. Michael Goetz's rating of the film Umbracle

    A radical film essay on the damage that Fascism does to the individual human consciousness. It's redolent of Marker's La Jetee, early Resnais, Maya Deren and, in two erotically charged scenes, Bunuel. A cri de coeur championing interiority, spontaneity, privacy, improvisation and freethinking, the film makes innovative use of sound and image to show both the suppression of these values and their means of survival.

  20. msmichel's rating of the film Umbracle

    Portabella offers a treatise on Spanish cinema under Franco with this experimental, challenging work that dares to make a statement within the censor's views and guidelines. Lee offers some interest for the viewer as does an archival bit that offers scenes from a '56 Spanish catholic film that offers fairly veiled propaganda. Overall a strange miss that is perhaps a little too 'out there' for consumption.