To celebrate the release of Alfonso Cuarón’s very beautiful and very terrifying new film, Gravity, here’s a round-up of my personal favorite scenes of some of the Mexican director’s previous films.
A Little Princess, 1995
Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel, this was one of the movies I watched most when I was growing up. I’m pretty sure I still have it on VHS (!!!) back home. In this scene, Sara, who finds herself working at a boarding school after her father is presumed dead in war, tells her new friend Becky about the magical land of India, where she used to live.
Great Expectations, 1998
Three years after A Little Princess, Cuarón directed a modern adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic novel. My friends and I, in full-blown puberty mode, decided this was the most romantic movie ever. I particularly love the scene where Estella first kisses Finn (aka Pip) in the fountain, but I couldn’t find it, so this montage will have to do.
Y tu Mamá También, 2001
Our favorite bromancers, Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal, starred in this coming-of-age movie with plenty of laughs, sex, and cursing that earned Cuarón and his brother Carlos an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Here, Julio and Tenoch recite their “Manifiesto Charolastra,” the golden rules for their friendship.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 2004
After the extremely faithful adaptations of the first two Harry Potter books by Christopher Colombus, Cuarón was in charge of the third installment, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), giving the saga a darker, deeper and lovelier touch. Here’s “Riding on Buckbeak,” where Harry takes a ride on a hippogriff.
By Cristina Alonso.