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jueves, 19 de marzo de 2009

El Espinazo del Diablo

Años de la guerra civil española. Carlos, un chaval de doce años, es abandonado en un orfanato por su tutor. El lugar, un caserón imponente y solitario, está regentado por Carmen,una mujer (Marisa Paredes) con una pata de palo. Casares, un maduro profesor (Federico Luppi) hace extraños experimentos en su laboratorio. El conserje Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega) es un tipo peligroso temido por los críos. La extraña visión de un niño de aspecto fantasmal conmueve a Carlos: podría ser el espectro de un antiguo habitante del orfanato.

La productora de Almodóvar apadrina esta película de género, que presenta un lujoso diseño de producción. Un experto en terror, el mexicano Guillermo del Toro (Cronos, Mimic) sabe rodar el film de un aire malsano y misterioso. Y asegura que en muchos pasajes "no hay palabras, sólo atmósfera densa y preñada de susurros y sombras que se escurren en la noche". ¡Uy, qué miedo!


It is 1939, the end of three years of bloody civil war in Spain, and General Franco's right-wing Nationalists are poised to defeat the left-wing Republican forces. A ten-year-old boy named Carlos, the son of a fallen Republican war hero, is left by his tutor in an orphanage in the middle of nowhere. The orphanage is run by a curt but considerate headmistress named Carmen and a kindly Professor Casares, both of whom are sympathetic to the doomed Republican cause. Despite their concern for him, and his gradual triumph over the usual schoolhouse bully, Carlos never feels completely comfortable in his new environment. First of all, there was that initial encounter with the orphanage's nasty caretaker, Jacinto, who reacts even more violently when anyone is caught looking around a particular storage room the one with the deep well. Second, and more inexplicable, is the presence of a ghost, one of the former occupants of the orphanage named Santi. Not long after Carlos' arrival, Santi latches onto Carlos, badgering him incessantly at night and gloomily intoning, "Many of you will die." As if that wasn't enough to keep the orphanage's occupants in an unrelenting state of terror, there's the un-exploded bomb that dominates the orphanage's courtyard, still ticking away; With the orphanage left defenseless by its isolation, and the swift progression of Franco's troops, the ghost's prediction seems depressingly accurate. Nevertheless, with every step of the plot, it becomes apparent that the ghost's predictions as to who (or what) will die, the real source of danger and even the definition of death itself may be more ambiguous than first thought.

Director: Guillemo del Toro. Intérpretes: Marisa Paredes (Carmen), Eduardo Noriega (Jacinto), Federico Luppi (Dr. Casares), Irene Visedo (Conchita), Fernando Tielve (Carlos), Íñigo Garcés (Jaime), José Manuel Lorenzo (Marcelo), Paco Maestre (El Puerco). Guión: Guillermo del Toro, Antonio Trashorras y David Muñoz. Música: Javier Navarrete. Fotografía: Guillermo Navarro. Título en inglés: The Devil's backbone. Paises: España / México. Año: 2001. Duración: 106 min.


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