A Season of Classic Films: Condenados a vivir in Filmoteca Española

ACE presented the 5th edition of A Season of Classic Films, which includes cinema and online screenings of restored films and parallel events organised by 24 European film archives between June and December 2024. Opening night is Saturday 22 June with Condenados a vivir (Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent, 1972) at the Cine Doré cinema of Filmoteca Española in Madrid, Spain.

Filmoteca Española hopes that this restoration of Condenados a vivir will offer a stimulus to re-evaluate this gory ’70s film, which is cited as the inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. The screening will be introduced by Carlos Reviriego, Head of Programming at Filmoteca Española, and by Javier Rellán, Head of Conservation Service at Centro de Conservación y Restauración de Fondos Fílmicos “Carlos Saura” of Filmoteca Española.

Condenados a vivir (Cut-Throats Nine) | Spain, 1971, 90′, fiction.

Director: Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent. Producer: Films Triunfo. With: Robert Hundar, Emma Cohen, Alberto Dalbés, Antonio Iranzo, Manuel Tejada. Screenplay: Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent. Cinematography: Luis Cuadrado. Music: Carmelo Bernaola. Editing: Mercedes Alonso. Physical characteristics of first release: 35mm, 90’, colour, sound, Spanish and English-dubbed versions. Film copy screened during A Season of Classic Films: World premiere restoration, 2K, DCP, 90’, English version. Subtitles: Spanish. Copyright owner: José Frade PC.

Known as “the bloodiest of the Euro-Westerns”, Condenados a vivir stands as a highpoint in the career of Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent, a prominent figure in European western cinema. In 1971, he directed, co-wrote, and produced this film, driven by a desire to film a western in snowy landscapes. The plot revolves around an army sergeant who has to take his daughter and a group of dangerous criminals across a mountain range in the most horrendous conditions. Marked by its stark violence and nihilistic tone, Condenados a vivir blends elements of western and horror genres, earning it a cult following. The film’s impact is heightened by the notable cinematography of Luis Cuadrado and the breathtaking landscapes of the Pyrenees in the province of Huesca, northern Spain.

Condenados a vivir, like many films of its era, was released in two versions: one tailored for the Spanish market and another for international distribution. Research conducted by Filmoteca Española on the preserved film materials revealed significant additions to the international version, intensifying the violence in certain scenes. These supplementary frames were filmed separately, at times featuring different actors. Filmoteca Española will present the restoration of the internationally distributed version as part of this year’s A Season of Classic Films.

Cine Doré, 22 June, 22:00, Madrid, Filmoteca Española. Book your free seat here.

Repeat screening: Cine Doré, 4 July, 22:00, Madrid, Filmoteca Española. LINK TBC.

A Season of Classic Films: Celebrating film heritage across Europe

A Season of Classics Films features free screenings of newly restored films alongside parallel activities across Europe to attract new, younger audiences to cinematic cultural heritage. Through a series of live and online events, the programme raises awareness of the work of European film archives, advocating the significance of film preservation and cinema culture. This is an initiative of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) with the support of the EU Creative Europe MEDIA programme. For dates and access links of the upcoming free screenings in cinemas across Europe and online, please follow ACE’s website and social media pages on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter.


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The Association of European Cinematheques (Association des Cinémathèques Européennes – ACE) is an affiliation of 50 European national and regional film archives. Its role is to safeguard the European film heritage and make the rich audiovisual records collected and preserved by the various film archives accessible to the public. ACE members are non-profit institutions committed to the FIAF Code of Ethics.


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