Calle Mayor (Main Street, 1953)
Written and directed by Juan Antonio Bardem
Starring: Betsy Blair, José Suárez, Manuel Alexandre
BY R. MARTÍNEZ
The Spanish Civil War has been considered one of the most horrendous events in the recent European history and has been depicted by a plethora of writers, philosophers and artists – Hemingway, Picasso and even Guillermo del Toro. But how much do we know about the thirty-five years General Franco ruled in Spain for? Under what conditions did Spaniards live in the 1940s and 50s, for example? This is a much obscure period, due mainly to Franco’s protectionist attitude towards international politics.
Los Jueves, Milagro (Miracles of Thursday, 1957)
Directed by Luis García Berlanga
Written by Luis García Berlanga and José Luis Colina
Starring: Richard Basehart, Pepe Isbert, José Luis López Vázquez, Manuel Alexandre.
There wasn’t much room for artistic freedom during the almost four decades (1939 – 1975) when General Francisco Franco exerted his power in Spain. Due to the Catholic Church’s censorship practices, Spanish audiences were deprived from enjoying Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara’s passionate kiss in “Gone with the Wind”. Hundreds of Read More…