This article was originally published on Issue number 2 of literary magazine Thi Wurd.
“No me importa que al morir no haya otra vida,
lo que me preocuparía es que si hubiera otra fuera igual que esta”
“Well, the worst thing wouldn’t be if there was nothing after death.
The worst thing would be if there was another life, just like this one”
Written by Raquel Martínez
When thinking about contemporary Spanish cinema, one name usually springs to mind: the highly talented and internationally celebrated director Pedro Almodóvar. However, to what extent does his cinema depict Spanish life and culture? Although not everyone outside Spain is aware of it, a more realistic film tradition has existed there since the early 1950s. It was born under the influence of Italian Neorealism and was mainly represented by the great directors Luis García Berlanga and Juan Antonio Bardem (uncle of actor Javier Bardem) in films such as Welcome Mr. Marshall (1953) and Death of a Cyclist (1955). Many more followed; those who continued capturing the complex socio-political situation of a confused country and its people during the post-war era and the subsequent decades until Franco’s death in 1975. Read More…