Join us for the continuation of our 37th annual film series on Sun., Oct. 21st, 2:00 PM with El espinazo del diablo/The Devil’s Backbone – Guillermo del Toro, Spain(2001) 106 min.
To get us in the mood for Halloween comes this early feature-length film by the Oscar-winning director of The Shape of Water and Pan’s Labyrinth. Unaware that his father has been killed in the Spanish Civil War, Carlos is dropped unceremoniously at an isolated orphanage to wait out the last days of conflict. Facing bullying and austere conditions, he soon finds himself pulled into a mystery that unravels the place’s secrets of greed and shame through a classic ghost-story format. Imbued, too, with nostalgia, fairy tale elements, and the pull of collective memory, some critics consider this the director’s “most personal” film. We certainly see del Toro cutting his teeth for what’s to come in Pan’s Labyrinth. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Through haunting, “del Toro’s film cements the necessity for a spectral fantasy to link traumatic historical past with contemporary national identity.” – Enrique Ajuria Ibarra, Journal of Romance Studies
KERR MCGEE AUDITORIUM IN THE MEINDERS Business School
NW 27th and McKinley
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73106
Free and open to the public!