The Buried Mirror


5-DVD Set. Run Time: 300 minutes. Region 1. NTSC.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE VERSION

Written and narrated by Carlos Fuentes, Mexico’s well-known novelist, EL ESPEJO ENTERRADO takes you on a fascinating journey through five hundred years of Spanish and Latin American history and culture. The series presents the origins of modern Latin America from the arrival of the Spanish conquerors through the present.

The HISPANIDADES textbooks use only segments of these programs (which are included on a single accompanying DVD). The full 5-DVD Set is not required for use of the texts, but can provide a valuable library or language lab resource for further study.

We offer separately the English and Spanish language versions. The two versions were filmed separately with the narrator, Carlos Fuentes, speaking Spanish or English,accordingly (not dubbed or subtitled).

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Study Guide – Available Separately


The Five Programs:

PROGRAM I. THE VIRGIN AND THE BULL

Carlos Fuentes examines the meaning of mestizaje, the mix of people that created Latin America: Spanish, Arab, Jewish, Indian and African.

PROGRAM II. CONFLICT OF THE GODS

Fuentes retraces the indigenous world through its pyramids and sculptures. The return of their blond, exiled god, Quetzalcóatl, was forecast for the very year Cortés reached its shores.

PROGRAM III. THE AGE OF GOLD

The colonies brought Spain (and ultimately Europe ) enormous treasures: gold, silver, chocolate, tomatoes, the potato. Yet Spain ’s most powerful ruler, Philip II, lived in austere solitude in a cell-like study.

PROGRAM IV. THE PRICE OF FREEDOM

Every year a million Mexicans gather in the great central square of their capital to celebrate El Grito, the cry for Independence . Fuentes crosses the Andes to follow the steps of the great liberators, Bolívar and San Martín.

PROGRAM V. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Spain , Latin America and the Hispanic communities in the United States all have undergone enormous changes. Fuentes comments on the traditions which Hispanic immigrants bring to the US in art, music and dance, respect for family ties—distinct hallmarks of the Spanish-speaking world.