I'm afraid I've only seen El Amor Brujo out of this set so my review will be of limited use. But I wanted to alert lovers of Spanish music, and Falla in particular, to the merits of this production.
I love the score, in the Fruhbeck de Burgos/New Philharmonia version especially, and approached Saura's realisation with some trepidation. Would the re-working of less than 30 minutes of music into a 103 minute film generate irrelevancies and periods of tedium? How would Saura's vision fit with the images I'd had in my head for years? How would the musical performance stack up against vaunted recordings from the likes of Dutoit and Reiner, not to mention Fuhbeck?
In every respect, Saura's film blew me away. Beautiful to look at, acted and danced with sensuality and passion that never crosses the line into poor taste and above all, founded on a realization of Falla's score that is at least the equal of the best recordings I have ever heard, this is an absolute triumph. The National Orchestra of Spain is conducted by Jesus Lopez Corbos and Rocio Jurado sings with that open-throated, earthy sound so essential to this music. Saura's stylised updating of the setting to a modern Andalusian village works superbly as do his additions of modern flamenco pop songs. Sound and picture quality are excellent.
All in all, a must for lovers of Spain, Spanish music, Falla, and great cinema.