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recommend me some. (also if anyone happens to know if there's such a thing as a decent spanish tv series, do tell!)
i know almodovar and guillermo del toro and that's about it
Doubled it, in fact.
are the first two that come to mind, though I don't think either is completely in Spanish so they probably don't count.
As for the TV thing, wasn't Ugly Betty originally a spanish-language telenovela; Betty Le Feo?
i mean i don't know if accents and dialogue are important, but anyway:
Luis Bunuel's pretty 'important', the majority of his work is in Spanish
Alejandro Jodorowsky's "El Topo" and "Fando y Lis" are in Spanish.
All this stuff is fairly surrealistic.
Then there's plenty of Mexican trash cinema which is great fun. The wrestler Santo ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santo ) made a million low budget films that usually involve him putting vampires in headlocks and stuff. There's also "Alucarda" and "Satanico Pandemonium" which are both sleazy nun-gone-bad movies. Also "Intrepidos Punks" which is about punks smashing shit up but i watched it without subtitles so i have no idea what was going on although i don't know if i missed much.
From recent years there's Carlos Reygadas' films, he won Best Director at Cannes last year
and his friend Amat Escalante http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amat_Escalante
Actually Spanish films:
There's a film called "Arrebato" by Ivan Zulueta who was an artist from San Sebastian. He did lots of posters for Almodovar in the 80s and was a heroin addict and the film is pretty much about his heroin addiction but using horror cinema as a metaphor.
There's a lot of horror and exploitation from the 70s as it was pretty much the only way filmmakers could make anything vaguely subversive under Franco.
The main guy would be Paul Naschy/Jacinto Molina who made hundreds of werewolf movies mostly. You need to have a good tolerance for crap.
"Who Can Kill a Child?" is an excellent horror film, and "The Bell From Hell" is supposed to be good but I haven't seen it.
There's also "Tombs of the Blind Dead" which is Spain's most prominent zombie series, but here they're Templars and ride horses and stuff.
Jess Franco is the world's most prolific film director and he's Spanish, but I'd hesitate to actually recommend anything because his films are really not normal. I really like his early 80s work when he went back to Spain after Franco had gone but it's all essentially ultra low-budget erotic/S&M cinema.
Oh and La cabina is a brilliant short film from the 70s
and that's basically all i know about spanish language cinema
gonna get on it, good lookin out
can't really think of a Jess Franco film I'd recommend to anyone. really big on his dreary sex scenes isn't he. actually looking at his filmography I've only seen a few. still
but, yeah Jodorowsky is pretty great
i mean you have to be aware of what to expect but the atmosphere in his films is totally unique. he did LOADS of hack work so there are loads of mostly shit exploitation films out there with his name on but his more personal films are these amazing dreamlike fantasies. i find the genre films he made to be really entertaining because he'd always try to shoehorn in as much personal stuff as possible.
maybe Necronomicon/Succubus is a good film to begin with. It's full of jazz and Fritz Lang said it was the only erotic film he ever finished watching because it was so beautiful.
This is pretty much off topic as it's in English but I'd also recommend the Spanish film La Residencia in the horror category (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064888/), which was released under a bunch of different titles (the whole thing is on YouTube as The Boarding School, also called Finishing School or The House That Screamed). It's great.
And here's a quick blast of Santo and the Blue Demon Versus The Monsters (in which Santo and the Blue Demon fight all of the monsters in awkward succession):
There's also one where Santo & Blue Demon fight Nazis who have taken over the lost city of Atlantis. You can pick up a bunch of Santo DVDs really cheap.
That Obscure Object Of Desire,
The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz, Exterminating Angels, Viridiana, Simon of the Desert, etc
but these films are both brilliant
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_perro (watch this after Crufts)
cheap on actual dvd as well!
is quite a good spanish film
Argentine, but as far as I know it's Spanish language.
[REC] which I guess everyone knows, it's a found-footage horror thing but really effective and creepy and quite short
(actually, I've seen the second one as well which was only about half as good)
and Los Cronocrímenes / Time Crimes, which is about a man who gets caught in a time loop and fucking BRILLIANT. easily the best and most flawless use of time travel as a plot device I've ever seen. can't recommend it more.
there's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Orphanage_(film) which probably everyone knows also
the second REC is complete shit I thought, but I loved the first one
I wouldn't bother with the sequel which attempts to explain the events from the first film and does so ham-fistedly and without an ounce of the style and scariness.
It's brilliant too.
if you're into crime films Nine Queens is alright and El Aura (by the same director) I thought was amazing. both star Ricardo Darin who was also in the Secrets in their Eyes which is pretty decent (won the foreign language film oscar not too long ago above White Ribbon, which was a bit of travesty tbh)
La Atena is excellent and quite strange (largely or entirely silent possibly I can't quite remember)
Most of Alex de La Iglesia's films are well worth watching if you like sci-fi/horror black comedy type things. Day of the Beast in particular
horror wise, there's lots of mexican trash floating about. Aztec Mummy series are fun and I think Robot vs the Aztec Mummy and Wrestling Women vs the Aztec Mummy are two of the best titles ever. Night of the Bloody Apes is strange 70s attempt at the 'gorilla movie' which features footage from actual open heart surgery
also - the Braniac - one of my favourite bad horror films. can't recommend it enough (if you like bad movies)
Ogro - which is about the assassination of Luis Carrero Blanco
pretty sure it's in spanish
also Cell 211
i enjoyed nine queens (nueve reinas) & intacto was a very good idea that wasnt quite fully realised
the scene when they are blindfolded & run through the forest was amazing
actually, has anyone said amores perros?
start with that
Carancho is great. Really low key, but a great story.
Spanish films that are good; Fully endorse mentions for The Orphanage, Timecrimes, Rec. I'd also say that Fermats Room is good fun: a bit mad but clever and quite arresting
Funny, touching, you know all that sort of shite. And it's got Gael Garcia Bernal in, who's endlessly watchable even for the hard-as-fuck, straighter-than-straight men like my truly hetero self.
(I've only seen the first series, so can't comment beyond that)
The Holy Girl (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0300270/?ref_=sr_2)
Born and Bred (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468816/)
There's also La Antena (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0454065/), which is incredible, but it's a silent film so probably doesn't count as Spanish language