El espinazo del diablo / The Devil's Backbone (2001) 2 x DVD9 Criterion Collection
The story is about a search for justice in the last days of the Spanish Civil War, when both are in short supply. Scattered Loyalists are on the run. Carlos (Fernando Tielve), the son of a fallen Republican, is dropped off at an isolated orphanage run by the nervous, one-legged Carmen (Marisa Paredes) and the elderly Professor Casares (Federico Luppi). They do what they can to ease the new boy's fears. Carlos is received with hostility by some of the other orphans. While examining a large, defused (but still ticking) bomb left sticking upright in the middle of the courtyard, Carlos sees the first of a series of unmistakable phantom appearances by Santi (Junio Valverde), a boy thought to have run away. Carlos soon associates a mysterious water cistern in the school basement with Santi, who claims he was murdered. While creeping around the orphanage at night Carlos observes the school handyman Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega) trying to break into a safe. Carmen and Professor Casares are at a loss as to what to do -- the orphanage was set up to care for the children of fallen Loyalists, and Franco's troops may arrive at any time to murder them all. Carmen's safe holds a fortune in Republican gold, that mustn't fall into the hands of the rebels. Jacinto, however, doesn't care who dies -- he wants that gold. Still haunted at every turn, Carlos eventually finds the nerve to speak to the ghost of Santi, who gives him a grave warning: "many will die".

2 x DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:47:43 | 7.16 Gb + 6.25 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Espanol
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve, Irene Visedo
Country: Spain, Mexico

• Introduction from Director Guillermo del Toro
• Audio Commentary with Director Guillermo del Toro
• Interview with Del Toro about the creation of his film
• Que Es Un Fantasma, a 2004 making-of documentary
• Spanish Gothic - interview
• Interactive director’s notebook
• Designing The Devil's Backbone
• Deleted Scenes with Optional Director’s Commentary
• Sketch, Storyboard, Screen
• "A War of Values" Featurette
• Trailer

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