I know, i know, some of you are thinking we are very long on Ojos de Brujo. Well, yes, in fact we are! At Casa Naranja headquarters the Ojos de Brujo cd, Techarí is on constant rotation with a special repeat of "sultanas de merkaillo." We dare you to not get in a rumba kind of mood!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
source: Shake Your Beauty
You can thank us for the New Years Eve fiesta ideas and the Crema de Vie receta later.
Whether you're a 'tis-the-season cheerleader or a bah humbugette, one thing about the holidays everyone can get into is the party-hopping. Go ahead, try to tell me you don't love a good holiday get-down. You get to dress up in a frothy little cocktail dress, get hammered off spiked eggnog and FINALLY look appropriate wearing that tarty scarlet lipstick! Good times had by all! The only downside is waking up on January 2nd after a three-week bender, glancing in the mirror and realizing you look like Keith Richards. Yes girls, I'm talking about Hangover Face. It's not cute...but the good news is, it's totally fixable, thanks to Korres Party Survival Kit ($29). Chock full of Korres's legendary aromatherapeutic products (beauty editors kill for this stuff), this brilliantly edited kit will ensure that you'll look all refreshed, renewed, and respectable The Morning After. It contains: Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizer, Evening Primrose Eye Cream, Guava Body Butter, Guava Showergel, Milk Proteins 3-in-1 Emulsion, and Lemon Refreshing chewing gum (a walk of shame must-have). Delish.
ALMA: NYE White Party
Sullivan Room 9pm-3am $20/$25
ALMA's party of the year, following the Brazilian tradition of wearing all white, and celebrating a lo brasileiro with plenty of samba, capoeira, live music, and more! ALMA residents DJ True and Miller Cruz will be on the decks, along with Jay Rodriquez on sax & flute, and Eliano Braz on violin. Come with white flowers and get in for $20. RSVP recommended.
The Melting Pot NYC
Nuyorican Poets Café 9pm $20/30
The folks from The Melting Pot NYC are taking over at the Nuyorican tonight, with an all-night party featuring live DJs (Kervyn Mark, Kamala, and Sal Leone) spinning global dance music, a live performance by San Juan Hill Band, a dance performance by House of Ninja, champagne toast at midnight, and much much more. Tickets cost $20 in advance, but $30 the night of.
Chicha Libre Barbes 9:30pm $10
Barbes regulars Chicha Libre help you celebrate the new year with their weekly party, playing one of our newest favorite music genres: chicha. Part surf music, part psychedelic cumbia, chicha is a Peruvian phenomenon that is still popular in the Andean country, but little known in these parts of the world. Why not start 2008 with something a little different?
Gogol Bordello Terminal 5 9pm (doors) $45/$55
Bring in the new year dancing and moshing to New York's own multi-kulti gypsy punk misfits Gogol Bordello, at new-in-2007 venue Terminal 5. These guys put on one of the best live shows ever (ever!), and really reached mainstream success in 2007 ...so buy tickets early ($45 in advance, $55 day of)--this one's likely to sell out! Either way, the fiesta follows at Mehanata (aka the Bulgarian Bar).
New Year's Eve Papatzul all night varies
It's one of the busiest nights of the year at our favorite Mexican spot.... and the Papatzul crew is more than ready for the challenge, with a night of quality food, drinks, and music that is guaranteed to last into the wee hours of the morning. Clandestino DJs m*sco and fLp will provide the tunes, and dancing is most welcome. Call ahead to reserve a table, or hang out by the bar ...or both.
New Year's Eve Extravaganza Bembe 7pm-6am $20
The folks at Bembe are going all night long with their 2008 New Year's Eve Extravaganza featuring DJs Adriano, Concerned, Duda Amorosino and Stefande Andemicael. Chauncey Yearwood and Pete Barr will be on percussion all night, and this party don't stop till 6 in the mornin'!!!
Colombian NYE D'Antigua 10pm-4am $15, $40
La Farra NY hosts a Colombian New Year's celebration in Jackson Heights, with Gregorio Uribe playing live vallenato, porro, cumbiamba and fandango. Go there for a full dinner and fiesta, or just make it for the party. Either way, go prepared to dance, and to go home exhausted.
New Year's Eve Celebration Rayuela 9:30pm-1:30am $105/$65
One of 2007's hottest Latin fusion restaurants (and one of the only few that does it right!) has a delectable feast prepared for the 31st. $105 gets your a four-course meal and all the sangria you could want, and it's $65 for hors d'oeuvres + sangria. At midnight, there will be a special cava toast, along with the traditional eating of 12 grapes. Make your reservations now!
A Taste of Latin Paradise SOB's 8pm-6am $30-150
SOB's is going all out for New Year's with three live groups (8 y Mas, Son Sublime and Matraca and the Batucada Beat Dancers), plus two DJs (La Makina + Mario Axé), which makes for plenty of salsa, samba, merengue, and virtually every other Latin rhythm out there for you to dance to. But that's not all... there will also be a prix fixe menu, SOB's famous mojitos, champagne and more! ...plus it runs till 6am!!!
Noche Flamenca feat. Soledad Bravo Joe's Pub 7:30, 10:30pm $100, 150
Tonight marks the last night of Noche Flamenca's run at Joe's Pub, featuring amazing dancer Soledad Bravo. Sure, tickets are steeper than earlier nights, but this time you can stick around for the Nellie McKay afterparty and keep things going all night long (hide out in the bathroom if they try to get you to leave post-flamenco... tip the bathroom attendant extra well!)
Turntables on the Hudson Brooklyn Lyceum 8pm-morning $20/30
It's Turntables on the Hudson's tenth new year's celebration, and though they've strayed a bit from the Hudson, lately, this one promises to be a good one. DJs Nickodemus, Mariano, Sabo and Tito Roc are on the decks, with Nappy G and Christian Rogers on percussion. And either as testament to their age, or to their Park Slope location, this is a kid-friendly party (kids segment starting at 8pm), with tickets for tots available at $10 a pop.
New Year's Eve Party Baraza 9pm-4am $5
It's always a party at East Village spot Baraza, and New Year's Eve is no exception. At just $5 to get in, there's nothing to feel guilty about as you dance the night away to Latin, funk, house, and Brazilian music courtesy of DJ Alchemy. We recommend getting there early, as it tends to fill up fast.
Gala Dinner Centrico all night varies
Celebrity chef--and resident Centrico chef--Aaron Sanchez has prepared two very special menus for the 31st at this spacious Tribeca Mexican restaurant. Eat a la carte before 9pm, or choose from the prix fixe options after 9... either way, we guarantee you will not leave disappointed! In fact, you probably won't leave at all, as the margaritas keep flowing all night, and the soundtrack is always superb.
9th Annual New Year's Bash La Kueva 2.0 8pm-4am $20
Ring in the new year with all your favorite rock en español and Latin pop favorites at La Kueva, with DJ Nova on the decks + buffet till midnight, champagne toast at midnight, party favors, and more, just for $20!!!
Chico O'Farrill Orchestra Birdland 8pm, 11pm $60-80
It's a night of traditional Afro-Cuban Jazz, with the Chico O'Farrill Orchestra, directed by Arturo O'Farrill, at the old school venue Birdland. There will be two performances: one at 8, and the other at 11, with several different pricing options, depending on whether you want food or just drinks. Vocalist Hilary Kole will be joining the group tonight.
Hassle-Free New Year's Lava Gina 9:30pm GRATIS!!!
It's all about having a good time at East Village world music bar Lava Gina. Forget expensive covers/open bars/package deals/etc., and hang out at this laid-back bar for FREE! They'll be showing the ball drop etc on TV, and there will be plenty of champagne available. Coordinate with your friends, and celebrate the new year hassle-free. (Reservations are recommended for parties of 20 or more).
Fiesta Grande Gonzalez y Gonzalez 9pm-4am $30-100
This popular cheesy Mexican spot is all about the salsa and partying on New Year's. There are two different price options for booze, plus a $30 prix fixe menu, as well as DJ Bravo spinning "hot latin music" and a live performance by Hector Ramos, "el galan de la salsa". Oh, and open bar is from 9pm-1am (!!!!).
NYE Dinner + Party Son Cubano 7, 9:30pm $50, $135
This Meatpacking District favorite is offering a special prix fixe meal for the night, with two seatings (at 7pm and then from 9:30-10:15pm). If you don't want to do the whole meal thang, just drink the night away for $50. Then be prepared to dance for the rest of the night to salsa, reggaeton, and pop favorites.
New Year's Eve Dinner Calle Ocho 7 onward varies
Nuevo Latino restaurant Calle Ocho has a variety of dining and partying offers for New Year's Eve, depending on what you feel like doing... with room for however many people you want to celebrate with.
New Year's Eve Dinner Esperanto all night dinner
Super cool East Village spot Esperanto isn't doing anything prix fixe or super fancy for the 31st, but it's always a fun place to hang out, and they'll have their usual delicious menu available, as well as a DJ spinning Latin, Brazilian and funk music all night long.
New Year's Eve Dinner Havana Central 5:30pm-4am varies
Both locations of this Cuban restaurant are offering special New Year's Eve menus, with several different seating options, replete with a 5-course Cuban meal (funny, we never had one of those when we were in Cuba!), unlimited mojitos, wine pairing, live music, champagne toast, party favors, and much much more. Make your reservations now!
New Year's Eve Dinner La Palapa 10pm varies
Both the East and West Village outposts of this Mexican restaurant will be offering prix fixe menus, followed by a champagne toast and the traditional eating of the grapes at midnight. Reservations are recommended.
New Year's Eve Dinner Maya 5pm $59-99
You want mariachis? Maya will have a mariachi quintet in full force from 9pm "through the new year" (!!). Plus a special four course meal courtesy of Chef Richard Sandoval. Sandoval's other restaurant, Pampano , has a similar plan for the night, at $110/person.
New Year's Eve Dinner Zona Rosa 5pm on $70
This midtown spot offers a three course menu, as well as a la carte options, plus mariachis from 9pm to 1am. Call for reservations.
New Year's Eve Party Luz 9pm-4am $70
This Fort Greene Nuevo Latino spot offers up hors d'oeuvres, a special menu, champagne toast at midnight, complimentary New Year's cocktail, live broadcast of the ball drop, and plenty of party assortments.
New Year's Eve Party Willie's Steak House all night no cover
This friendly Bronx Latin steakhouse and Latin jazz hub offers up a night of meat and music, with DJ Cisco on the ones and twos.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
source: Suka Latina
Do you remember when Kana was THE ultimate weekend, late hour, party stop? It was to Latins what Au Bar was to the psuedo European set, HOT!!!!! Well Suka Latina is bringing back the memories starting a little earlier and on a weekday. Open Bar and Latin Music tomorrow, Thu 27 at Kana Tapas Bar.
The Last Drink of 2007 is on us
Tomorrow Thu 27 at Kana Tapas Bar,
6:30 PM. NO COVER,
1 Hour Open Bar (house drinks).
325 Spring Street, NY
After the open bar stay with us and enjoy the best of Latin music until 1:00 AM.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Source: Urban Daddy
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Orlando Pita's Cuban Eggnog, Crema de Vie
El querido hairstylist Orlando Pita showed Style.comhow he makes merry over the holidays-homemade eggnog with a Cuban flair.
Watch the exclusive video and steal his recipe for your next get-together.
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups water
1 cup rum
2 cinnamon sticks
6 egg yolks
1 can condensed milk (14 oz.) [Carnation]
1 tablespoon vanilla
Bring water, sugar, and cinnamon to a boil. Boil for 6 minutes. Cool (you can place pan in ice water to speed the process up). Whip egg yolks in separate bowl. Mix in condensed milk. Mix in sugar mixture (Note: Pour sugar mixture into condensed milk can to get all the good stuff off the sides of the can.). Add vanilla. Add rum. Strain into a bottle. Refrigerate. Enjoy!
Source: NY Mag
(Photo: Courtesy Laurel Eastman)
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
source: NY Remezcla.com
Posadas y Pastorelas
Sunday December 16
4th annual Mexican Family Celebration!
Get into the holiday spirit a la Mexicana with an afternoon of crafts, music, and food. Highlights include a Posada, the traditional singing procession, and a Pastorela, the traditional shepherds’ play. The event culminates in a party with piñatas and refreshments. Presented in collaboration with Mano a Mano: Mexican culture Without borders.
FREE with Museum admission.
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.
For more information please call 212.534.1672, ext. 3395.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
125 E. 11th St.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Meatpacking District, NYC
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
We will be selling current merchandise as well as past merchandise and there will be some GREAT deals!"
Monday, November 26, 2007
Devil in the DETAILS
Score Deals and Discounts
Peroni and discounts at your favorite MePa shops. The day will feature discounts up to 40% off at some of the area’s hottest stores, including Theory, Tracy Reese, Banana Republic, Puma, An Earnest Cut & Sew, Calypso, Scoop Men, Rebecca & Drew and more. Peroni* will host free apertivos throughout the neighborhood, and participating restaurants will feature free Bollinger champagne tastings, food tastings and discounts. The Hotel Gansevoort will host seven pop-up stores including Le Blanc, Remington, Asics, Dunhill, Hanes, Epson, and Kenneth Cole.
Guests can also bid on silent auction items ranging from exclusive dinners to one-of-a-kind fashion items and experiences.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
It’s a good thing that shiny electronics don’t give cavities, because the ten tech toys we’re about to show you are sweeeeet.
Sorry about that.
Hive Tip: If you’re wondering what a guy really wants, it’s all about listening. If you hear “I’ll see you Zune,” or, “You are the apple of my iPod,” give the poor guy a break and take his pathetic hint to heart. Subtlety was never his strong suit anyway.
Friday, November 23, 2007
We couldn't resist sharing this super duper offer and the fact that we are partial to anything orange has nothing to do with it!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Yes, luxury is synonymous with Casa Naranja but no one loves a bargain more than us. Granted we prefer to experience the madness of Black Friday from the comfort of our chaise lounges but sacrifices will be made. Getting up at unheard of hours in order to beat the virtual crowds being one of them. Well..last BF I thought I was really clever and set my alarm up for 5am, laptop plugged, list on desk and want to hit the ground running - well the twenty steps to the laptop anyway. To make a long story short my plan backfired. Apparently I wasn't the only clever person with this "original"idea and the systems were down. Well this year we come armed with a new set of arsenals. We bring you the real deal on BF deals, the ultimate shopping guides (for this week anyway) and tons of ways to avoid mistakes of years ago. Last tip- before purchasing anything online check Retailmenot.com for discounts and promotions!
From Black Friday Ads
Online Deals page
Online Sales pages
From Real Simple
Electronic Gadget Shopping Guide
Back-Saving Tips on How to Carry Heavy Shopping Bags
The Best Time of Day to Return Merchandise
Tips for Trying on Clothes, Quickly
20 Ways to Save During the Holidays
December Holiday Savings Guide
Gift Budget Worksheet
Holiday Gift List Worksheet
From NY Magazine
The Ultimate Shopping Guide for the High-Intensity Boyfriend, Home-Obsessed Girlfriend, Wordly Mom, Single Best Friend, Athletic Husband, Chic Wife, Best Work Friend, Green-Minded Teen, Hobby-Loving Grandparent , Just-Moved-to-the-City Sister, Stressed-Out Boss, Tireless Toddler, Worldly Dad
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
A perfect article to leave laying around your favorite cigar smoking person....
Yet another excuse for you to think about taking that cigar trip abroad…and perhaps even staying the winter : The DL on the DR Going High-End
Once known for modest beach houses and three-star all-inclusive resorts overrun by the Spanish and German bourgeoisie, real estate and resort development in the Dominican Republic has undergone a paradigm shift. If a multi-billion dollar luxury community twice the size of Manhattan, four upscale boutique hotels, and a new international airport aren’t enough to convince you that the country is entering a residence renaissance, well, you’re probably one of those skeptics who actually believes Elvis is dead. > read more
Freud once said, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar,"…..but he never had a Dominican smoke!!!
Monday, November 19, 2007
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Friday, November 16, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Continue reading "Sneak Preview: Diego Luna and Chavez"
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
His conducting is described as electric, breathtaking, passionate and he is referred to as classical music's rockstar. The Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra is made up of over 200 kids between the ages of 14 and 24 and they are supposed to be incredible and play with great passion. At the risk of writing another platitude, it's so exciting to see young, fresh talent be rewarded. Here is a link to a great New York Times article on Dudamel.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
“For Barhoppers, a True Tapas Bar,” by Peter Meehan
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
NIGHTLY APERITIVO HOUR. Order one of the infused grappas or the house-made limoncello and you get to pair it with one of the complimentary (yes, free) snacks that are served during the nightly aperitivo hours from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Or take the edge off with one of the Dale DeGroff-designed cocktails, like the Fragoli Sogno, a crisp and refreshing mix of Hendrick’s Gin, Fragoli liqueur, limoncello, and mint.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Source: Bottomless Dish/Citysearch
(Photo courtesy of Los Dados)
What do I love more than a dance class? A free dance class! For those of you not dressing up and boozing tonight check out a free absolute beginner workshop in Argentine tango. "Featured in Vogue, the National Herald Tribune, and The Economist, TriANGulO specializes in Argentine tango, the original, more intimate predecessor to international ballroom-style tango. Founder Carina Moeller is a professional dancer with training in modern dance and ballet who has worked and studied with such tango greats as Fabian Salas, Pablo Veron, and Mingo Pugliese. Known for her engaging and precise teaching style, Carina creates a stress-free atmosphere that is particularly appealing to novice dancers."
Time: 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Location:Triangulo (35 West 20th, #301 btw 6th and 7th Ave)
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Admittance: $5 general admission; $3 for students and senior citizens; free for members
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Thursday & Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Closing party after the last Saturday screening – location to be announced.
DOS FIESTAS ESTA SEMANA !!
Viernes: CHIVA TOUR
Sabado: FIESTA DE DISFRACES
Este Sabado Oct 27 tendremos nuestra Gran FIESTA ANUAL DE DISFRACES en Dolcino (517 2nd Ave Cruce con la 29th Street en Manhattan), pero un dia antes (Viernes Oct 26) y para calentar motores estaremos realizando un TOUR EN CHIVA que incluye Grupo de Cumbiamba en vivo en la chiva, picada, tour por Manhattan y Queens, ron, sodas y aguardiente ilimitado y remate en Kabala Lounge con grupo vallenato en vivo y un trago de cortesia. La Chiva sale a las 8:30 PM desde Kabala Lounge ubicado en 34-01, 36th Ave y regresara alli mismo despues del recorrido a la 1:00 AM aunque la fiesta continuara alli hasta las 4:00 AM. Entradas Chiva ($50) a los tels 347-256-2795 o 347-239-1056, (cupo limitado) mencionando esta invitacion solamente $40.
Fotos de Nuestras fiestas pasadas de Halloween en el 2004, 2005 y 2006
Monday, October 22, 2007
Spain's Macaco makes its New York debut at BAM next weekend. Fusing rumba catalana—the strumming and slapping of flamenco guitars—with hip-hop, reggae, electronica, and pop, Macaco performs in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and English and has a worldwide following for its sensational live shows.
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Sat, Oct 27 at 8pm
Peter Jay Sharp Building
30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn
SOBs after-party with Macaco's late-night side gig:
The Cazique Project with Dj Helios and Dj Muly
Sat, Oct 27
204 Varick Street at West Houston
Friday, October 19, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Sumptuous hacienda/ wine school. This was originally a Dominican convent, but is now one of a group of chic wine hotels, where you can learn how wine is produced and do as much tasting as you like. Located in the Duero valley, 10km from Salamanca it is a destination in itself.
+34 902 109 902
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Death of a Cyclist. 1955. Spain. Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem
Muerte de un Ciclista (Death of a Cyclist). 1955. Spain. Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem. With Alberto Closas, Lucía Bosé. Bardem's most celebrated solo effort concerns a university professor and his well-connected mistress, who strike a bicyclist while out driving. To hide their affair, they leave the man to die. This choice destroys their lives and epitomizes the shallowness of their upper-class lifestyle. The contrast between Madrid's rich and poor districts is well captured, but censorship forced Bardem to punish the adulterous woman in a melodramatic ending. New print. In Spanish; English subtitles. 84 min.
Welcome Mister Marshall!. 1952. Spain. Directed by Luis García Berlanga
¡Bienvenido Mister Marshall! (Welcome Mister Marshall!). 1952. Spain. Directed by Luis García Berlanga. With José Isbert, Lolita Sevilla. The run-down Castilian village of Villar del Río rouses itself from slumber at the news that Americans representing the Marshall Plan are due to visit. The mayor, eager to snare a hefty slice of economic aid, prepares to welcome "Mr. Marshall" with toasts of lemonade and sangria. Persuaded by a passing entertainment agent that the village's dried-up fountain, black-shrouded women, and listless men will never attract the Americans' benefaction, the town sets about preparing another kind of welcome. In Spanish; English subtitles. 78 min.
The Little Flat. 1958. Spain. Directed by Marco Ferreri, Isidoro M. Ferri
El Pisito (The Little Flat). 1958. Spain. Directed by Marco Ferreri, Isidoro M. Ferri. Screenplay by Rafael Azcona, Ferreri. With José Luis López Vázquez, Mary Carrillo. Ferreri's anti-bourgeois black comedy centers on the life of Rodolfo, a middle-class man who leases a room in the overcrowded apartment of Doña Martina, a crotchety, dying octogenarian. Until he can afford his own place, Rodolfo cannot marry his embittered fiancée, who persuades her meek boyfriend to propose to Martina in order to inherit the apartment. In Spanish; English subtitles. 80 min.
Plácido. 1961. Spain. Directed by Luis García Berlanga. Screenplay by Berlanga, Rafael Azcona, Ennio Flaiano. With Casto Sendra-Cassen, José Luis López Vázquez. Academy Award–nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Plácido is a comedy about an impoverished man who spends the day before Christmas trying to avoid foreclosure on his motorbike. His frantic dealings with bankers and lawyers are set against the film's satirical canvas of a provincial town putting on a showy Christmas campaign called "Seat a Poor Man at Your Table." In Spanish; English subtitles. 88 min.
Nine Letters to Bertha. 1965. Spain. Directed by Basilio Martín Patino
Nueve Cartas a Berta (Nine Letters to Bertha). 1965. Spain. Directed by Basilio Martín Patino. With Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, Mari Carrillo. Upon returning from an English holiday, Lorenzo, a student in 1950s fascist Spain, writes to Berta, the daughter of an exile. Having experienced another way of life, he shares his desire to leave his provincial family and discover life on his own. Patino's first feature shows a Spain shifting toward modernity and reveals Franco's regime as backward and stifling. In Spanish; English subtitles. 95 min.
Songs for after a War. 1971. Spain. Directed by Basilio Martín Patino
Canciones para Después de una Guerra (Songs for after a War). 1971. Spain. Directed by Basilio Martín Patino. A documentary about popular songs in the first fifteen years of the Franco dictatorship, this film begins with footage of joyous people making the fascist salute at a public demonstration. The editing of over four thousand film clips mirrors the rhythms of the musical background. One song declaims, "You can do anything you want, even kill me," leaving the impression of Franco's regime as a cult of death. Although it contains no direct political criticism, this documentary was deemed unacceptable for public viewing, but was privately screened by the censors and their families. After completing the film (which was finally released after Franco's fall), Patino decided to go underground to make documentaries. In Spanish; English subtitles. 96 min.
Aunt Tula. 1964. Spain. Directed by Miguel Picazo
La Tía Tula (Aunt Tula). 1964. Spain. Directed by Miguel Picazo. With Aurora Bautista, Carlos Estrada. This debut feature of Spanish actor, screenwriter, and director Picazo helped establish him as a leading figure in 1960s New Spanish Cinema. Picazo adapts Miguel de Unamuno's abstract novel to the particular circumstances of 1960s Spain and scrutinizes both Francoist gender ideology and his own equivocal experience of artistic freedom and ideological restraint. When a bank employee's wife dies, he calls upon his sister-in-law to care for the children, and finds himself falling for her. New print. In Spanish; English subtitles. 107 min.
The Executioner. 1963. Spain. Directed by Luis García Berlanga
El Verdugo (The Executioner). 1963. Spain. Directed by Luis García Berlanga. Screenplay by Berlanga, Rafael Azcona, Ennio Flaiano. With José Isbert, Nino Manfredi. A soon-to-retire executioner in early 1960s Spain worries about finding a successor and a groom for his daughter. The local undertaker, a handsome young man, seems a candidate for both roles. Berlanga's most elegant film, shot by the great cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli, remains a powerful condemnation of capital punishment and the Francoist myths of duty and patriotism. In Spanish; English subtitles. 91 min.
My Dearest Señorita. 1971. Spain. Directed by Jaime de Armiñán
Mi Querida Señorita (My Dearest Señorita). 1971. Spain. Directed by Jaime de Armiñán. With José Luis López Vázquez, Julieta Serrano. A country matron living a conservative village life is courted by a local businessman, but after accepting his engagement ring, his further advances disgust her. Disturbed by her reaction, she follows her priest's advice, seeks medical help, and finds that she is, in fact, a man. Horrified, she takes up life in Madrid as "Juan." In Spanish; English subtitles. 84 min.
The Spirit of the Beehive. 1973. Spain. Directed by Víctor Erice
El Espíritu de la Colmena (The Spirit of the Beehive). 1973. Spain. Directed by Víctor Erice. With Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera. Near the end of Franco's dictatorship, Spanish cinema began to probe the buried traumas of the recent past. Erice's theme is repression—not the stifling of thought by political authority, but the willed avoidance of painful experience—in this bewitching portrait of a child's haunted inner life. In a small Castilian village in 1940, in the wake of the country's devastating civil war, six-year-old Ana attends a screening of Frankenstein and becomes possessed by its memory. In Spanish; English subtitles. 98 min.
Furtivos (Poachers). 1975. Spain. Directed by José Luis Borau. With Lola Gaos, Ovidi Montllor. One of Luis Buñuel's favorite films, this independently financed feature is about an emotionally underdeveloped poacher, his first experience with romantic love, and his mother's obstruction. Inspired by Franco's description of his Spain as a "peaceful forest," this cruel—and at times raunchy and slightly incestuous—story was initially banned by the censors and nearly doomed to oblivion before being resuscitated by the San Sebastián Film Festival. New print. In Spanish; English subtitles. 82 min.
The Disenchantment. 1975. Spain. Directed by Jaime Chávarri
El Desencanto (The Disenchantment). 1975. Spain. Directed by Jaime Chávarri. With Felicidad Blanc, Leopoldo María Panero. A veritable cult classic, this documentary profiles the widow and children of Leopoldo Panero, an official poet of Franco's regime. The surviving family members dissect their own personal realities and that of Panero. This acerbic psychodrama, once considered "anti-family," continues to challenge notions of the sanctity of familial relationships. It is a beautiful representation of a family trying to come to terms with its own past in a Spain that was converting to democracy. New print. In Spanish; English subtitles. 95 min.
Main Street. 1956. Spain/France. Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem
Calle Mayor (Main Street). 1956. Spain/France. Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem. With Betsy Blair, José Suárez. Gamblers persuade a young stud from Madrid to propose to a plain spinster. One of Bardem's masterpieces, this splendidly somber film lays bare the suffocating hypocrisy of a 1950s provincial town and the sad lives of its residents. Imprisoned while shooting the film, Bardem satisfied the censors by adding to the film a claim that the events depicted could happen anywhere. The film won the International Critics' Prize at the 1956 Venice Mostra after nearly successful attempts by censors to block its exhibition. In Spanish; English subtitles. 97 min.
Los Golfos (The Delinquents). 1959. Spain. Directed by Carlos Saura. With Manuel Zarzo, Luis Marín. Inspired by Luis Buñuel's films, Saura's acclaimed first film—the "most difficult film in my career" (Saura)—is an uncompromising portrait of a teenage gang (played by street children) and the first Spanish film shot entirely on location. When one of the boys expresses a desire to become a bullfighter, the others pull a big heist to finance their pal's dream. Delayed by the censors during production, the film revealed the contradictions in Franco's "defascistization," and the censorship and repression that continued under his regime. In Spanish; English subtitles. 88 min.
Viridiana. 1961. Spain/Mexico. Directed by Luis Buñuel
Viridiana. 1961. Spain/Mexico. Directed by Luis Buñuel. With Silvia Pinal, Fernando Rey. Viridiana's title character is a young nun whose extreme devotion extends to the crown of thorns she wears and the large wooden crucifix hanging over her bed. Upon visiting the wealthy uncle who has provided for her financially, Viridiana's faith is challenged as he attempts to corrupt her. Having returned to his native Spain to create what many consider a crowning achievement, Buñuel submitted the script to Spanish censors and received support from Franco's government, who later attempted to suppress the film on charges of blasphemy and obscenity. The film was smuggled to France, where it won the Palme D'Or in Cannes. It finally premiered in Spain in 1977, after Franco's death. In Spanish; English subtitles. 90 min.
The Strange Trip. 1964. Spain. Directed by Fernando Fernán Gómez
El Extraño Viaje (The Strange Trip). 1964. Spain. Directed by Fernando Fernán Gómez. With Carlos Larrañaga, Tota Alba. Two siblings living in a small town near Madrid learn of their older sister's intentions to sell their family's belongings and dispose of the younger pair. Part murder mystery, part passionate indictment of the Franco regime, The Strange Trip is a fabulous oddity. In Spanish; English subtitles. 92 min.
Furrows. 1951. Spain. Directed by José Antonio Nieves Conde
Surcos (Furrows). 1951. Spain. Directed by José Antonio Nieves Conde. With Luis Peña, María Asquerino. Nieves Conde's best-known work, this portrait of postwar Madrid set the precedent for Spanish Neorealist filmmaking. Tackling issues virtually unseen during Franco's rule, including rural immigration into the cities, poverty, prostitution, unemployment, and class conflicts, the film follows a family's migration from the countryside in hope of a new life in the city. Furrows is an expression of the contradictions within Franco's regime. While the Catholic Church considered the film "deeply dangerous," the political wing labeled it of "national interest." The film wasn't released until its controversial ending was removed. New print. In Spanish; English subtitles. 100 min.
The Hunt. 1965. Spain. Directed by Carlos Saura
La Caza (The Hunt). 1965. Spain. Directed by Carlos Saura. With Ismael Merlo, Alfredo Mayo. Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Three men and a boy embark on a hunting expedition that traverses territory where the men fought during the Spanish Civil War. As tempers rise among the ex-soldiers, their animal prey are brutally slaughtered, much to the horror of their youthful companion. Spanish Civil War memories and guilt emerge, climaxing violently and shockingly as the men's seething anger and hatred surface. In Spanish; English subtitles. 88 min.
From Pink...to Yellow. 1963. Spain. Written and directed by Manuel Summers
Del Rosa...al Amarillo (From Pink...to Yellow). 1963. Spain. Written and directed by Manuel Summers. With Antonio Alfonso Vidal, Antonio D. Olano. Two stories concerning love, young and old: a young boy in love becomes obsessed with winning the heart of an older girl of fourteen who enjoys playing with his affections; two residents of an old-folks home for the poor, separated by the gender rules of the institution, express their love through letters. In Spanish; English subtitles. 90 min.
The Cuenca Crime. 1979. Spain. Directed by Pilar Miró
El Crímen de Cuenca (The Cuenca Crime). 1979. Spain. Directed by Pilar Miró. With Amparo Soler Leal, Héctor Alterio. In this film based on actual events, two innocent men are convicted of a shepherd's murder after an orchestrated trial. Subjected to brutal torture, they serve six years of a fifteen-year prison term. Marking the limits of the fragile freedom of expression during Spain's transitional period from dictatorship to democracy, the film was originally suppressed, and Miró was tried unsuccessfully for defamation. When released in 1981, it became the highest grossing film in Spanish history. New print. In Spanish; English subtitles. 88 min.