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Vente a Alemania, Pepe (Come to Germany, Pepe – 1971)


Directed by Pedro Lazaga

Written by Vicente Coello and Vicente Escrivá

Starring: Alfredo Landa, Tina Sáinz, José Sacristán


Economic crises and unemployment have caused Spanish natives to find work abroad in different periods of recent history. For Spaniards, top European economies (specially Germany) are often regarded as promised lands  ̶ places where virtually anyone can get a fairly paid job. Recent films such as Perdiendo el norte (Off-course – Nacho García Velilla, 2014) and Un franco, 14 pesetas (Crossing Borders – Carlos Iglesias, 2006) have provided diverse perspectives on Spanish emigration to Europe. Within this context, the 1970s comedy Vente a Alemania, Pepe (Come to Germany, Pepe – Pedro Lazaga, 1971) is considered the ‘protofilm’ in the popular Spanish imagery. Read More…

Ana y los Lobos (Ana and the Wolves, 1973)

Ana y los lobos

Directed by Carlos Saura

Written by Rafael Azcona and Carlos Saura

Starring: Geraldine Chaplin, Fernando Fernán Gómez, José María Prada, José Vivó

A mansion in the countryside, three eccentric brothers, a death-obsessed mother and Ana, the new babysitter. These are the main characters in Carlos Saura’s 1973 film “Ana y los lobos”. When young English Ana (Geraldine Chaplin) accepts a job as a babysitter in the outskirts of Madrid she becomes the witness of her new employers’ Read More…