The Cinema of Vctor Erice: An Open Window
- Publish Date: 2007-02-01
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Linda C. Ehrlich
To coincide with the recent DVD release of The Spirit of the Beehive, this paperback collection of essays focuses on the work of acclaimed Spanish director, Vctor Erice. Originally published in hardcover under the title An Open Window, this expanded edition draws on original essays, reprints, and new translations from an international group of writers.
New to this edition are four essays from noted film scholarsincluding editor Linda C. Ehrlichas well as three added essays from the filmmaker himself. Both the original and new material provide a deeper appreciation of Erice's three feature-length filmsThe Spirit of the Beehive [El espritu de la colmena] (1973), El Sur (1982), and Dream of Light [aka The Quince Tree Sun, El sol del membrillo] (1992), as well as his shorter works, including his most recent accomplishment, La morte rouge (2006).
This anthology examines the aesthetic, historical, and sociological forces at work in Erice's films and includes an extensive interview with the director. This broad array of writings provides insight into not only three unforgettable films, but also into twentieth-century Spanish society, as well as world cinema. The Cinema of Vctor Erice: An Open Window will serve as an important resource to measure the career of this director whoalong with Buuel, Saura, and Almodvarhas helped show the world the creative range of Spanish cinema. With additional essays, translations, and illustrations, this paperback edition explores new avenues of expression pursued by one of the most poetic of modern filmmakers.