¿No Oyes Ladrar Los Perros?

a look at the music of Vangelis Papathanassiou

The moving story of "¿No oyes ladrar los perros?" is one of hope and despair, about a father desparately seeking medical aid for his ill son, Ignacio. Based on the book by writer Juan Rulfo, the film switches between present and a possible future life of the child, when he survives. Vangelis' appropriate score, with both dramatic and dreamy sequences is a one time collaboration with the French director Francois Reichenbach. The film was nominated for a Golden Palm award at the Film Festival of Cannes in 1975.

The music has been released on the album "Ignacio", two years after the film. Unlike many other films scored by Vangelis, the music in the film and on the album are almost identical!

Details and Credits
¿No oyes ladrar los perros? (Mexico/France, 1975)
also known as "Entends-tu les chiens aboyer?"

Length: 82 minutes

Directed by Francois Reichenbach

Music by Vangelis Papathanassiou
Text by Carlos Fuentes
Based on the book by Juan Rulfo

Screenplay by Jacqueline Lefebre, Noel Howard and Francois Reichenbach

Cinematography: Rosalio Solana
Sound engineer: Sigrido Garcia
Montage: Alberto Valenzuela
Camera: Salvador Lozano
Decoration: Carlos Granjean
Sound:Jose B. Garles 

Produced by Cinematográfica Marco Polo, Conacine Uno and Les Films du Prisme ORTF.



Salvador Sanchez


Ahui Camacho


Ana de Sade


Salvador Gomez


Aurora Clavel


Gaston Melo


Patrick Penn


This film really deserves a release on DVD! As of yet the only way to see this movie is to find a copy of the video released in the USA. Note that the movie contains Spanish dialogue throughout, and no sub-titles whatsoever, unfortunately.

Estralla EST-1110 USA (NTSC)

The video from OXXO is still in print and can be found in selected online stores.

"Carrying his son on his back, a man travels from place to place looking for a doctor to treat the sick boy. As they journey, the indio father tells the boy stories to keep him distracted. These stories reveal the life of native peoples in Mexico, both in the countryside and in cities, and they shed light on characteristic beliefs and rituals."