Something like a companion piece to Vampir - Cuadecuc (1970): shot at the same time and also featuring the desperately missed Christopher Lee, but unveiled only later. And otherwise quite different, even if the atmosphere of dread is somewhat similar. 'Umbracle' stems from the Latin 'umbra': shadow - its darkest part, to be precise.
Sun-drenched is the Barcelona Christopher Lee explores here, and eerily empty (shades of Fata morgana (1965) perhaps?). What is he looking for - if he isn’t a somnambulant, following the course of his dreams? Later, he recites Poe’s poem The Raven and sings. Also, film critics discuss censorship, a long excerpt from Pedro Lazaga’s Frente infinito (1956) offers a good look at Francoist cinema at its most uninhibited, while comedians of yore provide some relief that isn’t necessarily funny. Lots of Brecht, masses of Vertov. Astonishing, to say the least.

Filmmaker
Pere Portabella
Country
Spain
Year
1972
Medium
DCP
Length
85’
Language
English, Spanish
Producer
Pere I. Fages
Production Company
Films 59
Sales
Films 59
Writer
Pere Portabella, Joan Brossa
Cinematography
Manel Esteban
Editor
Teresa Alcocer
Music
Carles Esteban
Cast
Christopher Lee
Website
http://www.pereportabella.com