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.

Director
Pere Portabella
Country of production
Spain
Production Year
1972
Festival Edition
IFFR 2016
Length
85'
Medium
DCP
Languages
English, Spanish
Producer
Pere I. Fages
Production Company
Films 59
Sales
Films 59
Cinematography
Manel Esteban
Editor
Teresa Alcocer
Music
Carles Esteban
Cast
Christopher Lee
Website
http://www.pereportabella.com