1.33:1|B/W|85 min

As in Vampir-Cuadecuc, this film turns on two basic axes: the inquiry into ways of cinematographic representation and a critical image of official Spain at the time of the Franco dictatorship. "Montage ofattractions" and Brechtianism in strong doses. Umbracle is made up of fragments (some are archive footage) that resound rather than progress by unusual links, with dejá vu scenes that promise us more but remaintensely unfinished. Jonathan Rosembaun said: "few directors since Resnais have played so ruthlessly with the unconscious narrative expectations to bug us". Learning from the feeling of strangeness caused by Rossellini as he threw well known actors into savage scenery in southern Europe.

Portabella makes Christopher Lee wander around a dream-like Barcelona. Without a doubt Portabella's most structurally complex and most profoundly political film, that is ferociously poetic.

Technical data

  • Producer: Films 59
  • Director: Pere Portabella
  • Script: Pere Portabella - Joan Brossa
  • Music: Carles Santos
  • Photograpy: Manel Esteban
  • 1st Assistant Director: Anne M. Settimó
  • Unit Manager: Pere Fages
  • Production Assistant: Mª Elena Guasch
  • 1st Assistant Camera: Pere Doménech
  • Laboratory: Fotofilm S.A.E.
  • Sound Studio: Sonoblok
  • Original Version: Spanish - Catalan

Artistic data

  • Actors: Christopher Lee - Jeanine Mestre



  • Umbracle. The Village Voice. 1972
  • Umbracle. Time Out. June 1972
  • In destruction