Ageing and Coming of Age in <i>La caza (The Hunt</i>, Saura 1965)

Sally Faulkner

in A Cinema of Contradiction

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780748621606
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651078 | DOI:
Ageing and Coming of Age in La caza (The Hunt, Saura 1965)

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Carlos Saura's La caza (The Hunt, 1965) has been so critically acclaimed over the forty years since its release that its origins in the Nuevo Cine Español are sometimes overlooked. Saura's film denounces the contradiction of a government headed by an increasingly frail Franco and supported by a generation now on the far side of middle age, which was dependent for its duration on an ill-informed and immature youth. La caza therefore revisits through tragedy the question of ageing explored in La gran familia through comedy. Saura's intentions are central to the interpretation of La caza offered in this chapter, but even in the work of this fiercely defensive auteur, the contributions of actors and technical teams are also considered. For instance, although the film may be the result of Saura's determination and producer Elías Querejeta's shrewd dealing with the authorities, it owes a considerable debt to Luis Cuadrado, arguably Spain's top art cinematographer of all time.

Keywords: Carlos Saura; La caza; Nuevo Cine Español; ageing; Spain; Franco; tragedy; Elías Querejeta; Luis Cuadrado

Chapter.  13527 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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