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The Devil’s Backbone 2001 123movies

The Devil’s Backbone 2001 123movies

What is a ghost?Apr. 20, 2001108 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: Spain, 1939. In the last days of the Spanish Civil War, the young Carlos arrives at the Santa Lucía orphanage, where he will make friends and enemies as he follows the quiet footsteps of a mysterious presence eager for revenge.
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Better Than American Horror Films…
THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE is a Spanish language supernatural thriller. It consists of a haunted school for orphaned boys. Now, in an American film that would be all you get, a ghost running around scaring the young inhabitants of the gloomy building. That’s it, and it would not be scary at all. It is to the credit that the makers of THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE present the actual ghost as the least frightening aspect of the film; he becomes, in fact, the moral center of a deeply complex story.

In Spain, the year is 1939 and Franco’s army is advancing towards the small village where the most notable landmark is an impotent bomb jutting out of the ground in the center of the town. A child, Carlos (Fernando Tielve), his father’s life taken in the bloody civil war, finds refuge with the Leftist caretakers of the school. Not a good place to be around at that time. He finds himself under the wing of Prof. Casares (Fererico Luppi), a strange intellectual who fears the oncoming dirge of Franco’s forces. There is also some intrigue involving the caretaker Jacinto (Edvardo Noriega) and the revolution’s small supply of gold. Oh, right and there is a troubled spirit of one of the dead children creeping through the bowls of the school, uttering ominous warnings to young Carlos (“Many of you will die.”)…

It is one of the strongest elements of THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE that it does not become distracted by the ghost story, I mean what is one ghost compared to the very real fears of war, death, greed, abandonment, political persecution, abuse at the hands of adults, lust, and acceptance. A spirit cannot hurt us, it does not exist on the same plain of the living. His life has ended and he can no longer be troubled by the reality the characters face. A bullet or explosion wil not penetrate his flesh, he no longer feels pain. The boys who survive him are those who have to struggle for their small place on this earth.

The film paints in detailed strokes and does not cut corners when it comes to the emotions involved in the plot. The characters are not pawns to be startled periodically by cats or loud noises, they just happen to occupy the same space with a sad and restless dead boy.

The director, Guillermo Del Toro (CRONOS, MIMIC, the better-than-the-original-but-that-ain’t-saying-much BLADE 2), handles the material very well, never losing sight of the story he has set out to tell. The metaphors he uses (the bomb, the pool, the contents of the jars) are rich and creative. Del Toro, along with his crew and actors, create moments of intense fear and unsettling action; the musical score, by Javier Navarette, is particularly effective. The film is dark and gloomy (perhaps overly so at times), but never succumbs to the easy answers in the shadows. As for the American films it will be compared to: THE OTHERS-not scary, THE RING-not scary, DARKNESS FALLS-not scary…THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE is scary, complex and ultimately memorable.


Review By: underfire35 Rating: 8 Date: 2003-05-27
“The one who sighs.”
Since seeing Cronos (1993-also reviewed) last Halloween,I’ve been looking for the best moment to again open the DVD set Red-Barracuda kindly sent me. In the middle of ICM’s cinema of Spain viewing challenge, I felt it was time to look at the devil’s back.

View on the film:

Spending 16 years developing the project, co-writer/(with Antonio Trashorras and David Munoz) directing auteur Guillermo Del Toro reunites with regular cinematographer Guillermo Navarro to expand on the Horror foundation of Cronos,whilst threading it with a new mature Gothic Melodrama quality.

Filling Dr. Casares with huge jars and a swimming pool-sized vat of preserving fluid bubbling in the school, GDT brilliantly continues to display his love for those traditionally presented as monsters in Horror flicks, via warm close-ups on the ghostly face of Santi, linking Santi’s lost childhood to the loss of young innocence Carlos has experienced in the Spanish Civil War.

Stating in the audio commentary that “Horror is about context”, GDT unveils the allegorical backbone with ultra-stylised long tracking shots round the orphanage held at a child’s-height level capturing all of them being linked together by one location, (where a defused bomb stands in the grounds,casting a shadow across all) which GDT cracks with poetic warm amber wide-shots cast on outbursts of violence, heightening a atmosphere of magical realism rising out from the horror.

Keeping the entire film on the grounds of the orphanage, the writers build the wall of the location as a haunting microcosm to the final days of the Spanish Civil War, as a tug of war between old, important, republic of Dr. Casares,which is being diced by the Fascist tendencies of caretaker Jacinto, leaving the children of this orphan country utter alone, and having to fight for their freedom from the place.

Continuing a major recurring theme across his work of the lead being a outsider, GDT brings the horror up-close to Carlos, (whose dad was killed in the Civil War) not only in the haunted face of Santi, but also being pelted with bullying from all the fellow orphans, displeased of a outsider entering their land.

Entering the orphanage with his innocence ruined, Fernando Tielve gives a astonishingly complex feature film debut performance as Carlos,whose childhood sense of wander over a desire to learn more about Santi, is burnt at the edges by Tielve from all the bruises of the horrors from the Spanish Civil War the adults cut across Carlos’s face,as the devil’s backbone breaks.

Review By: morrison-dylan-fan Rating: 9 Date: 2020-05-17

Other Information:

Original Title El espinazo del diablo
Release Date 2001-04-20
Release Year 2001

Original Language es
Runtime 1 hr 46 min (106 min), 1 hr 48 min (108 min) (Australia)
Budget 4500000
Revenue 6582065
Status Released
Rated R
Genre Drama, Horror
Director Guillermo del Toro
Writer Guillermo del Toro, Antonio Trashorras, David Muñoz
Actors Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi
Country Spain, Mexico
Awards 6 wins & 12 nominations
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Moviecam Compact, Zeiss Super Speed and Variable Prime Lenses
Laboratory Madrid Film S.A., Madrid, Spain
Film Length 2,980 m (Italy), 3,037 m (Spain)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 250D 5246, Vision 500T 5279)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

The Devil’s Backbone 2001 123movies
The Devil’s Backbone 2001 123movies
Original title El espinazo del diablo
TMDb Rating 7.3 857 votes

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