The Devil's Backbone

The Devil's Backbone

Marisa Paredes
Director: Guillermo del Toro Cast: Marisa Paredes
Marisa Paredes
, Eduardo Noriega
Eduardo Noriega
, Federico Luppi
Federico Luppi
Guillermo del Toro

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Guillermo del Toro, who quickly became one of the most talked-about directors in contemporary horror films with his first two features, Chronos and Mimic, takes on a more subtle tale of terror with this psychological suspense piece. Casares (Federico Luppi) and Carmen (Marisa Paredes) operate a small home for orphans in a remote part of Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Helping the couple mind the orphanage are Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega), the groundskeeper, and Conchita (Irene Visedo), a teacher who is also involved with Jacinto. Casares and Carmen are aligned with the Republican loyalists, and are hiding a large cache of gold that's used to back the Republican treasury; perhaps not coincidentally, the orphanage has also been subject to attacks from Franco's troops, and an unexploded bomb waits to be defused in the home's courtyard. One day, a boy named Carlos (Fernando Tielve) arrives at the home, looking for a place to stay after being left behind by his parents. Casares and Carmen take him in, and the boy soon strikes up an unlikely friendship with Jaime (Inigo Garces), a boy with a reputation for tormenting other kids. But Carlos soon begins having visions of a mysterious apparition he can't identify, and hears strange stories about a child named Santi who went missing the day the bomb appeared near the orphanage.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/23/2013
UPC: 0715515107716
Original Release: 2001
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 6,138

Special Features

New 2K digital film restoration, approved by director Guillermo del Toro and cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
Audio commentary featuring Del Toro
Video introduction by Del Toro from 2010
New interviews with Del Toro about the process of creating the ghost Santi and the drawings and designs made in preparation for the film
¿Que es un fantasma?, a 2004 making-of documentary
Spanish Gothic, a 2010 interview with Del Toro about the genre and its influence on his work
Interactive director’s notebook, with Del Toro’s drawings and handwritten notes, along with interviews with the filmmaker.
Four deleted scenes, with optional commentary.
New featurette about the Spanish Civil War as evoked in the film.
Program comparing Del Toro’s thumbnail sketches and Carlos Giménez’s storyboards with the final film.
Selected on-screen presentation of Del Toro’s thumbnail sketches alongside the sections of the final film they represent (Blu-ray edition only).
Theatrical Trailer.
New English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Mark Kermode

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marisa Paredes Carmen
Eduardo Noriega Jacinto
Federico Luppi Casares
Fernando Tielve Actor
Inigo Garces Jaime
Irene Visedo Actor
Berta Ojea Actor

Technical Credits
Guillermo del Toro Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Agustín Almodóvar Executive Producer
Luis de la Madrid Editor
Jorge Hernandez Makeup
Cesar Macarron Art Director
Joaquin Manchado Camera Operator
Salva Mayolas Sound/Sound Designer
David Muñoz Screenwriter
Javier Navarrete Score Composer
Bertha Navarro Executive Producer
Guillermo Navarro Cinematographer
Miguel Rejas Sound/Sound Designer
Antonio Trashorras Screenwriter
José Vico Costumes/Costume Designer

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