Segments in this Video

Preparation (04:46)


The process of showing different pictures of Lorca throughout his life represents different stages of his life. The viewer also observes a group of young people who prepare a performance in his honor as well as the movie that we will watch.

Lorca is Shot (02:13)

The viewer learns about the end of Lorca's life at the beginning of the movie.

Granada (02:17)

We listen to a narrator who speaks on behalf of Lorca, narrate the life of Federico Garcia Lorca. It begins with his family and his childhood.

Fuente Vaqueros (04:09)

In the town of Lorca's childhood he describes his encounter with gypsies.

Granada (03:37)

We observe and listen to Lorca discuss his hometown. He shares his poetic thoughts of the palace; La Alhambra.

Sevilla (01:29)

The viewer now travels to Sevilla with Lorca where he shares his thoughts and we see the river Guadalquivir

Gypsy Song (04:02)

We observe a religious celebration taking place in Sevilla and in the background we hear the voice of a gypsy women who sings.

Poetry (03:19)

Garcia Lorca talks of the mysteries of poetry. He recites one of his famous poems about gypsies; Verde que te quiero verde.

The Life of the Gypsy (03:19)

Throughout the movie we observe a gypsy who follows the eyes of the viewer. We learn that he suffers as well as his people while Lorca continues reciting one of his many poems that talk about gypsies.

An Explanation (01:25)

The movie has a problem and has to be stopped which allows for the teacher to interject some explanations about what we have watched so far. We then are directed to a play of puppets.

Silence of Death (03:00)

A strange scene of a chef who delivers a cake to people dressed as if they are going to attend a funeral. Lorca discusses his observations of death.

Modern Life (02:36)

The viewer observes the city of New York with Lorca sharing information about the year that he spent at Columbia University.

Homosexual (04:08)

We are again with the young students who are explaining more about the life of Lorca. Meanwhile, Lorca describes poetically his impression of New York.

Struggles of New York (04:00)

Lorca continues his account of what his experience is like in New York. He includes his observation of the black community.

I'll Be Resting in My Grave (03:26)

Again the black community of New York is portrayed and Lorca makes some comparisons to the gypsy community such that it lives on the margins of society.

What Should I Do? (03:49)

Lorca comes from the country and can't seem to grasp the life of a homeless black man.

Flamenco (02:34)

The story portrays to us how the gypsy gathers to dance and sing about their pain and suffering.

Murder (03:28)

This scene shares a possible gathering between gypsies at which time a murder takes place.

Revenge (03:15)

Lorca continues his narration as we look at a gypsy who has been in the movie from the start. He talks about how death surrounds him as we watch a group of gypsies come to avenge the murder of their friend.

Death (05:08)

We observe the mother grieve for the loss of her husband. Crosses adorn the room where the dead is put to rest and crying is not aloud. Suffer in silence.

With a Knife (01:58)

Life is nothing but what the knife can do to it. The flamenco dancer mourns the death of the young boy.

The Funeral (04:16)

Women dressed in black attend the funeral. Death in Spain is different, to mourn death is taken very seriously.

How to Behave in Mourning (03:56)

The movie takes us to a representation of one of the famous plays of Lorca. How 4 women are locked up with their widow mother and fight over who should be the first to marry.

Embarrassment (00:40)

The viewer sees that the youngest girl who argued that she will be the first to marry is found dead in the barn, hanged. The movie tries to portray as much of the life and works of Lorca.

Life of Man (02:03)

Lorca reminisces about his life in the country but also realizes that life is difficult and man suffers.

If I Die Leave the Balcony Open (02:57)

Lorca recites this poem as the viewer watches the scene. It jumps to the time when Lorca was removed from his home by the fascists. Lorca talks about death, sadness and olive trees,

Lorca's Death (02:04)

We watch as Lorca is shot to his death. The movie moves back to the young group as they question why he was shot.

Federico García Lorca: El Balcón Abierto (01:24)

Federico García Lorca: El Balcón Abierto

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An absolutely brilliant approach to the subject of Lorca: his works, his life—particularly its ending—and above all his role and his influence in the Spain of today. The very opposite of a solemn homage, the program is a joyful celebration of the rediscovery of the greatest Spanish writer of the 20th century. An RTVE production. Docudrama in Spanish. (86 minutes)

Length: 87 minutes

Item#: BVL987

Copyright date: ©1986

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