"Actor: Marisa Paredes"

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  • Life Is Beautiful [1999]Life Is Beautiful | DVD | (22/01/2001) from £5.79   |  Saving you £10.20 (176.17%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Italy's rubber-faced funnyman Roberto Benigni accomplishes the impossible in his World War II comedy Life Is Beautiful: he shapes a simultaneously hilarious and haunting comedy out of the tragedy of the Holocaust. An international sensation and the most successful foreign language film in US history, the picture also earned director-cowriter-star Benigni Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor. He plays the Jewish country boy Guido, a madcap romantic in Mussolini's Italy who wins the heart of his sweetheart (Benigni's real-life sweetie, Nicoletta Braschi) and raises a darling son (the adorable Giorgio Cantarini) in the shadow of fascism. When the Nazis ship the men off to a concentration camp in the waning days of the war, Guido is determined to shelter his son from the evils around them and convinces him they're in an elaborate contest to win (of all things) a tank. Guido tirelessly maintains the ruse with comic ingenuity, even as the horrors escalate and the camp's population continues to dwindle--all the more impetus to keep his son safe, secure and, most of all, hidden. Benigni walks a fine line mining comedy from tragedy and his efforts are pure fantasy--he accomplishes feats no man could realistically pull off--both of which have drawn fire from a few critics. Yet for all its wacky humour and inventive gags, Life Is Beautiful is a moving and poignant tale of one father's sacrifice to save not just his young son's life but his innocence in the face of one of the most evil acts ever perpetrated by the human race. --Sean Axmaker

  • All About My Mother [1999]All About My Mother | DVD | (28/02/2000) from £5.68   |  Saving you £17.30 (643.12%)   |  RRP £19.99

    A Greek saying states that only women who have washed their eyes with tears can see clearly.

  • The Skin I Live In [Blu-ray]The Skin I Live In | Blu Ray | (26/12/2011) from £11.27   |  Saving you £14.71 (177.66%)   |  RRP £22.99

    From acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar comes The Skin I Live In...Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig...

  • The Skin I Live In [DVD]The Skin I Live In | DVD | (26/12/2011) from £7.39   |  Saving you £12.60 (170.50%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her.

  • The Devil's Backbone - Special Edition [Blu-ray]The Devil's Backbone - Special Edition | Blu Ray | (28/02/2011) from £9.99   |  Saving you £17.00 (212.77%)   |  RRP £24.99

    From acclaimed Mexican horror maestro Guillermo Del Toro comes The Devil's Backbone a truly terrifying spine-tingler combining state of the art special effects with towering performances from a combination of Latin legends (Federico Luppi and Marisa Paredes) and younger stars (Eduardo Noriega from Alejandro Amenabar's Open Your Eyes). A deliciously dark horror The Devil's Backbone tells the tale of a remote Spanish orphanage during the final days of The Spanish Civil War whose young inhabitants are brutally terrorised by Santi a decomposing spirit who stalks the building's dark decaying hallways. But as the film builds to a grisly explosive finale the children learn the true story of Santi's death and rise up to vow a deadly vengeance on his vicious murderer. Produced by Pedro Almodovar and brilliantly photographed for maximum suspence by leading cinematographer Guillermo Navarra The Devil's Backbone is a truly haunting memorable ghost story.

  • The Devil's Backbone [2001]The Devil's Backbone | DVD | (25/03/2002) from £5.69   |  Saving you £14.30 (71.50%)   |  RRP £19.99

    As Guillermo Del Toro films go The Devil’s Backbone is a defining moment in his career, breaching the gap between International Art House and mainstream Hollywood success, it being his last film before Blade 2. Based within an orphanage during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, the film is driven by its characters and, just like his previous films (Cronos and Mimic), it draws on the supernatural to outline and re-define exactly what it is that drives them. Although Del Toro insists that this is not a film about the Civil War, by trapping and threatening its inhabitants the orphanage inevitably becomes a mirror for the events outside. These four walls become a place of protection for boys who have been orphaned during the war, a place for them to lead a relatively normal existence full of school life, bullying and adventure. Their main source of the latter being Santi, a young ghost who haunts the halls looking for revenge for his recent murder. Yet the pivotal character who evokes real fear in the children is not the spirit, but the greedy, selfish Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega), a former orphan, whose experiences have left him with deep emotional scars. With a strong cast and even stronger imagery (created by cinematographer Guillermo Navarro) Del Toro whips up a hauntingly effective film about love, life and the afterlife. On the DVD: entering the extras literally through the keyhole, there are several opportunities to obtain a deeper understanding of this disturbing film. A "Behind the Scenes" featurette includes the cast’s own character profiles and interpretation of the story, as well as Del Toro explaining his thoughts about the film and how he achieved some shots. Two of the sequences—"Aerial Bombardment" and "The Ghost"--can be seen in further technical detail, with film footage and computer animation combined to make a whole scene. A selection of storyboards can also be viewed which run alongside the soundtrack to the scene, with the option to intercut between storyboard and finished film. A theatrical trailer, a picture gallery and written biographies are standard. The film and additional features are in Spanish with English subtitles and menu. With Dolby 5:1 sound and a widescreen picture, the film not only looks and sounds, but also feels fantastically chilling. --Nikki Disney

  • Almodóvar Collection [Blu-ray]Almodóvar Collection | Blu Ray | (19/09/2016) from £36.99   |  Saving you £13.00 (35.14%)   |  RRP £49.99

    The most celebrated Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel, director, screenwriter, composer and actor Pedro Almodóvar was born in Calzada de Calatrava, La Mancha, in 1951. Aged sixteen, Almodóvar moved to Madrid and purchased his first movie camera and became familiar with what would later drive his formative films: the dramas and miseries of the Spanish middle classes at the beginning of the age of consumerism. The films in this box set include, Dark Habits (1983), What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984) Law of Desire (1987) and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988). As well as sealing the collaborations that Almodóvar had made with the actors he met from his days in an independent theatre group (including Carmen Maura), the films from this period also display his acute visual style and recurring thematic obsessions including sexual violence, female masochism and addiction. It was this epoch that also bought the first of numerous Academy Award® nominations for Women on the Verge. Kika (1993) and The Flower of My Secret (1995) continue the director's fascination with strong female protagonists, transgression, pain and regeneration. This stunning collection is a must-have for all fans of Almodóvar - each film has been beautifully restored - showcasing the work of one of the world's most celebrated filmmaker. EXTRAS: DISC 1 DARK HABITS Around Dark Habits Introduction by José Arroyo DISC 2 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? Around What Have I Done to Deserve This? Introduction by José Arroyo Trailer DISC 3 LAW OF DESIRE Around Law of Desire Introduction by José Arroyo Trailer DISC 4 WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN Around Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Introduction by José Arroyo DISC 5 KIKA Around Kika Introduction by José Arroyo Pedro Almodóvar interview Cast and crew interviews The Characters The Music Trailer DISC 6 THE FLOWER OF MY SECRET Around The Flower of My Secret Introduction by José Arroyo Pedro Almodóvar interview Cast and crew interviews Trailer

  • Almodóvar Collection [DVD]Almodóvar Collection | DVD | (19/09/2016) from £26.89   |  Saving you £13.10 (48.72%)   |  RRP £39.99

    The most celebrated Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel, director, screenwriter, composer and actor Pedro Almodóvar was born in Calzada de Calatrava, La Mancha, in 1951. Aged sixteen, Almodóvar moved to Madrid and purchased his first movie camera and became familiar with what would later drive his formative films: the dramas and miseries of the Spanish middle classes at the beginning of the age of consumerism. The films in this box set include, Dark Habits (1983), What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984) Law of Desire (1987) and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988). As well as sealing the collaborations that Almodóvar had made with the actors he met from his days in an independent theatre group (including Carmen Maura), the films from this period also display his acute visual style and recurring thematic obsessions including sexual violence, female masochism and addiction. It was this epoch that also bought the first of numerous Academy Award® nominations for Women on the Verge. Kika (1993) and The Flower of My Secret (1995) continue the director's fascination with strong female protagonists, transgression, pain and regeneration. This stunning collection is a must-have for all fans of Almodóvar - each film has been beautifully restored - showcasing the work of one of the world's most celebrated filmmaker. EXTRAS: DISC 1 DARK HABITS Around Dark Habits Introduction by José Arroyo DISC 2 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? Around What Have I Done to Deserve This? Introduction by José Arroyo Trailer DISC 3 LAW OF DESIRE Around Law of Desire Introduction by José Arroyo Trailer DISC 4 WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN Around Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Introduction by José Arroyo DISC 5 KIKA Around Kika Introduction by José Arroyo Pedro Almodóvar interview Cast and crew interviews The Characters The Music Trailer DISC 6 THE FLOWER OF MY SECRET Around The Flower of My Secret Introduction by José Arroyo Pedro Almodóvar interview Cast and crew interviews Trailer

  • Dark Habits [Blu-ray] [2017]Dark Habits | Blu Ray | (20/02/2017) from £11.49   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Yolanda sings in a seedy nightclub. When her boyfriend dies of an overdose, she fears the police and seeks refuge in a convent that saves women from the streets. These off-beat nuns include a heroin using abbess who loves Yolanda, one who writes romance novels under a pseudonym, another raising a tiger in the convent yard, and one who designs fabulous fashions and is in love with the local priest. They plan an evening extravaganza starring Yolanda to celebrate the abbess's birthday and to convince their wealthy patron not to abandon them.

  • Bad HabitsBad Habits | DVD | (04/12/2006) from £8.99   |  Saving you £9.00 (100.11%)   |  RRP £17.99

    Nothing is quite what it seems in this early Almodovar comedy in which the unconventional nuns of a dilapidated Madrid convent write soft porn get high and still find time to design fabulous evening wear!

  • Gigola [DVD]Gigola | DVD | (14/11/2011) from £6.09   |  Saving you £9.90 (162.56%)   |  RRP £15.99

    It's 1963 and Paris is sizzling with sex. The stylishly butch Gigola spends her days roaming chic cafs, taking on the criminal underclass, enticing pretty femmes away from their pimps, breaking hearts and making enemies along the way. Her evenings are spent in famous lesbian cabaret bar Chez Moune, picking up rich older women who keep her flush. Based on the long censored novel of the same name, Gigola captures a little known chapter in Parisian history in which eroticism defied conventional morals. Starring a host of renowned faces of European cinema, including Rossy De Palma (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Eduardo Noriega (Open Your Eyes, The Devil's Backbone), Marisa Paredes (All About My Mother, The Skin I Live In) Thierry Lhermitte (The Dinner Game), Marisa Berenson (I Am Love) and introducing Lou Doillon, daughter of Jane Birkin, as the eponymous Gigola.

  • Dark Habits [DVD] [2017]Dark Habits | DVD | (20/02/2017) from £8.49   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Yolanda sings in a seedy nightclub. When her boyfriend dies of an overdose, she fears the police and seeks refuge in a convent that saves women from the streets. These off-beat nuns include a heroin using abbess who loves Yolanda, one who writes romance novels under a pseudonym, another raising a tiger in the convent yard, and one who designs fabulous fashions and is in love with the local priest. They plan an evening extravaganza starring Yolanda to celebrate the abbess's birthday and to convince their wealthy patron not to abandon them.

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