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29th Oct '15 6:27:25 AM Milarqui
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* '''The Welcoming Capital'''

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* '''The !!'''The Welcoming Capital'''



* '''The Frivolous Bunch'''

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* '''The !!'''The Frivolous Bunch'''



* '''The Mixed Thing'''

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* '''The !!'''The Mixed Thing'''



Sights you might be interested in seeing while you’re there include:

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Sights !!Sights you might be interested in seeing while you’re there include:
29th Oct '15 6:26:22 AM Milarqui
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Before the Habsburgs reign, there was no thing as a capital city as the court moved to wherever the kings (namely, the Catholic Monarchs) were at the time, thus becoming ''de facto'' capital. Otherwise, Toledo is often regarded as a ''De jure'' capital in pre-imperial times due to it being the capital of the gothic Spain, before the moorish invasion, but was not really enforced after the fall of Granada.

So, by the 1500s, Madrid was just a castle with overgrown surroundings that was mainly born as a garrison on the muslim-christian border while Toledo, Cordoba and Granada were the largest cities in spanish-controlled Iberian Peninsula (The first for it's historical significance for christians and the latter two for being of same significance, one being former cultural and academical center under moorish rule, eventually becoming christian, [[TheRemnant and the other being the last city and capital of the moorish remnants]] until its surrender to the Catholic Monarchs in 1492).

Valladolid (The cultural and political center of Castile) and Toledo (The cultural and political center of former visigothic Spain, and so that of the territories acquires by Castille from the moors, aptly named New Castile) were regarded as possible settling for a capital, but Madrid was chosen because it was equally distanced to both north, south, east and [[Portugal "West"]] and, probably, because it allowed to build a city from scratch.

Capital was moved to Valladolid under Felipe III, wich managed to cause an economic and demographical meltdown in Madrid as well as a kind of cultural-political thriving in Valladolid, wich fell apart once the crown's seat was reverted to Madrid under certain political schemes and political unrest, [[WhatAnIdiot wich caused a similar meltdown in Valladolid and is regarded as a disastrous and bad move altogether]].

Madrid growth was substantially slow compared to other european capitals and only skyrocketed after the SpanishCivilWar, where it got the bulk of the industrialisation after the Eisenhower-Franco agreements of 1959.

Prior to that, Madrid had been mainly populated by [[SleazyPolitician societal elites]], [[TheBeautifulElite aristocrats]] and the [[GeneralRipper military higher ranks]] as well as [[RoyallyScrewedUp the royals]], all of them [[RealityEnsues getting]] [[BreakTheHaughty severely broken]] by the time the war started, [[FromBadToWorse and gotten worse during the war]]

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Before the Habsburgs reign, there was no thing as a capital city as the court moved to wherever the kings (namely, the Catholic Monarchs) were at the time, thus becoming ''de facto'' capital. Otherwise, Toledo is often regarded as a ''De jure'' capital in pre-imperial times due to it being the capital of the gothic Gothic Spain, before the moorish invasion, but was not really enforced after the fall of Granada.

So, by the 1500s, Madrid was just a castle with overgrown surroundings that was mainly born as a garrison on the muslim-christian border Muslim-Christian border, while Toledo, Cordoba and Granada were the largest cities in spanish-controlled Spanish-controlled Iberian Peninsula (The (the first for it's its historical significance for christians Christians and the latter two for being of same significance, one being former cultural and academical center under moorish Moorish rule, eventually becoming christian, Christian, [[TheRemnant and the other being the last city and capital of the moorish Moorish remnants]] until its surrender to the Catholic Monarchs in 1492).

Valladolid (The (the cultural and political center of Castile) and Toledo (The (the cultural and political center of former visigothic Spain, and so that of the territories acquires acquired by Castille Castile from the moors, Moors, aptly named New Castile) were regarded as possible settling for a capital, but Madrid was chosen because it was equally distanced to both north, south, east and [[Portugal "West"]] and, probably, because it allowed to build a city from scratch.

Capital was moved to Valladolid under Felipe III, wich which managed to cause an economic and demographical meltdown in Madrid as well as a kind of cultural-political thriving in Valladolid, wich fell apart once the crown's seat was reverted to Madrid under certain political schemes and political unrest, [[WhatAnIdiot wich which caused a similar meltdown in Valladolid and is regarded as a disastrous and bad move altogether]].

Madrid Madrid's growth was substantially slow compared to other european capitals European capitals, and only skyrocketed after the SpanishCivilWar, where it got the bulk of the industrialisation after the Eisenhower-Franco agreements of 1959.

Prior to that, Madrid had been mainly populated by [[SleazyPolitician societal elites]], [[TheBeautifulElite aristocrats]] and the [[GeneralRipper military higher ranks]] as well as [[RoyallyScrewedUp the royals]], all of them [[RealityEnsues getting]] [[BreakTheHaughty severely broken]] by the time the war started, [[FromBadToWorse and gotten got worse during the war]]



In this setting, the usual saying "''De Madrid al cielo''" (From Madrid ''to heaven'') applies,
madrilians are friendly and welcoming, and won't ask you uncomfortable questions about anything as long as you dont disturb anybody, there is work for everybody who wants one, and [[CityOfAdventure is a rich city full of opportunities to enrich yourself culturally, academically, profesionally or socially, and get a grown-up s a person]]. While TruthInTelevision, at least when envisioned by rural folks both in TheFifties or even in [[TheNineties the early Nineties]] as well as some South American media, this is ''deconstructed as early as the 19th Century'' and comes across as an UnbuiltTrope regarding media, while ''coplas'' y ''zarzuelas'' (Traditional music) very usually plays this straight.

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In this setting, the usual saying "''De Madrid al cielo''" (From Madrid ''to heaven'') to heaven) applies,
madrilians ''Madrileños'' are friendly and welcoming, and won't ask you uncomfortable questions about anything as long as you dont disturb anybody, there is work for everybody who wants one, and [[CityOfAdventure is a rich city full of opportunities to enrich yourself culturally, academically, profesionally or socially, and get a grown-up s a person]]. While TruthInTelevision, at least when envisioned by rural folks both in TheFifties or even in [[TheNineties the early Nineties]] as well as some South American media, this is ''deconstructed as early as the 19th Century'' and comes across as an UnbuiltTrope regarding media, while ''coplas'' y ''zarzuelas'' (Traditional music) very usually plays this straight.



Allegedly, film director Alex de la Iglesia claimed "Madrid is the sort of place where you realize if the world doesn't come to an end today, it surely will happen tomorrow". This is where dreams go to die, the full place is a WretchedHive populated by [[StepfordSmiler emptied-out nouveau rich]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive morally lacking CEOs]], [[SleazyPolitician self-serving public authorities]] wich all of them will smile and greet at you unless you fall from grace, and be damned to share space with the lower classes, wich are usually portrayed as [[KickTheDog poorer than dirt, sexually deviant, struggling white trash wich usually are also drug addicts]] [[UpToEleven with AIDS]][[note]]Spanish film industry had a tendency to shoehorn every known social issue in a limited number of characters, in order to show their consciousness or realism about the issues portrayed, wich, while anvilicious, comes as an unfortunate ContrivedCoincidence of misery[[/note]]

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Allegedly, film director Alex de la Iglesia claimed "Madrid is the sort of place where you realize if the world doesn't come to an end today, it surely will happen tomorrow". This is where dreams go to die, the full place is a WretchedHive populated by [[StepfordSmiler emptied-out nouveau rich]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive morally lacking CEOs]], [[SleazyPolitician self-serving public authorities]] wich where all of them will smile and greet at you unless you fall from grace, grace and be damned to share space with the lower classes, wich which are usually portrayed as [[KickTheDog poorer than dirt, sexually deviant, struggling white trash wich who usually are also drug addicts]] [[UpToEleven with AIDS]][[note]]Spanish film industry had a tendency to shoehorn every known social issue in a limited number of characters, in order to show their consciousness or realism about the issues portrayed, wich, which, while anvilicious, comes as an unfortunate ContrivedCoincidence of misery[[/note]]



* [[TheLastCircus Balada Triste de Trompeta]] by the aforementioned Alex de la Iglesia, a very, very, ''very dark and twisted'' portrayal of the city, and, by extension, spanish society starting with the last shots of the SpanishCivilWar to the last breath of [[FranciscoFranco Franco]] forty years later. Franco, himself, makes a cameo and is [[NiceGuy arguably the nicest character in the film]], [[EvenEvilHasStandards wich is saying something]].`
** By the same director: ''El Día de la Bestia''. A Basque priest travels to Madrid and becomes evil in order to contact Satan, as he has learned he will spawn TheAntichrist in the city on 25th December, 1993 with help of a satanic heavy metal-rabid fan (who is a hopeless loser who lives with his racist mother, her naive twenty-something tenant and his mentally disabled grandfather) and a TV Occult Guru who sells books on making a DealWithTheDevil and teach satanism ''on tv'' but is secretly a fraud. All while the city is gang-crime rotten. People keeps dying, nobody cares. All PlayedForLaughs. Also, Pedro Solbes, who was a Minister for Economy and Finances both in the [[TheNineties early Nineties]] and the late [[TheNewTens New Tens]] makes a cameo by way of stock footage in an appliance store [[HilariousInHindsight TV while said guru in a TV]] [[HarsherInHindsight next to him is]] [[FunnyAneurysmMoment announcing the impending apocalypse]].

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* [[TheLastCircus [[Flim/TheLastCircus Balada Triste de Trompeta]] by the aforementioned Alex de la Iglesia, a very, very, ''very ''very'' dark and twisted'' twisted portrayal of the city, and, by extension, spanish Spanish society starting with the last shots of the SpanishCivilWar to the last breath of [[FranciscoFranco Franco]] forty years later. Franco, himself, makes a cameo and is [[NiceGuy arguably the nicest character in the film]], [[EvenEvilHasStandards wich which is saying something]].`
** By the same director: ''El Día de la Bestia''. A Basque priest travels to Madrid and becomes evil in order to contact Satan, as he has learned he will spawn TheAntichrist in the city on 25th December, December 25th, 1993 with help of a satanic Satanic heavy metal-rabid fan (who is a hopeless loser who lives with his racist mother, her naive twenty-something tenant and his mentally disabled grandfather) and a TV Occult Guru who sells books on making a DealWithTheDevil and teach satanism Satanism ''on tv'' TV'' but is secretly a fraud. All while the city is gang-crime rotten. People keeps dying, nobody cares. All PlayedForLaughs. Also, Pedro Solbes, who was a Minister for Economy and Finances both in the [[TheNineties early Nineties]] and the late [[TheNewTens New Tens]] makes a cameo by way of stock footage in an appliance store [[HilariousInHindsight TV while said the TV guru in a TV]] appears]] [[HarsherInHindsight next to him is]] to]] [[FunnyAneurysmMoment announcing announce the impending apocalypse]].



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* The Golden Triangle of Art, three museums that hold the masterpieces of many famous artists: the Prado (considered the second most important art museum in the world after the Louvre of Paris. It contains "Las Meninas" by Velazquez), the Thyssen-Bornemisza, and the Reina Sofía (which contains the "Guernica" by Picasso).

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* The Golden Triangle of Art, three museums that hold the masterpieces of many famous artists: the Prado (considered the second most important art museum in the world after the Louvre of Paris. It Paris, it contains "Las Meninas" by Velazquez), the Thyssen-Bornemisza, and the Reina Sofía (which contains the "Guernica" by Picasso).



Getting around is unusually easy because the Madrid Metro is the 6th longest in the world, despite serving the world's 50th largest metropolitan area.

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Getting around is unusually easy because the Madrid Metro is the 6th longest in the world, despite serving the world's 50th largest metropolitan area.
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26th Jul '15 7:00:30 AM MrsRatched
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*Anything set during the SpanishCivilWar as well as during TheForties and TheFifties ''will'' be a CrapsackWorld. Also TruthInTelevision.

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26th Jul '15 6:28:27 AM MrsRatched
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** By the same director: ''El Día de la Bestia''. A Basque priest travels to Madrid and becomes evil in order to contact Satan, as he has learned he will spawn TheAntichrist in the city on 25th December, 1993 with help of a satanic heavy metal-rabid fan who is a hopeless loser who lives with his racist mother, her naive twenty-something tenant and his mentally disabled grandfather and a TV Occult Guru who sells books on making a DealWithTheDevil and teach satanism ''on tv'' but is secretly a fraud. All while the city is gang-crime rotten. People keeps dying, nobody cares. All PlayedForLaughs. Also, Pedro Solbes, who was a Minister for Economy and Finances both in the [[TheNineties early Nineties]] and the late [[TheNewTens New Tens]] makes a cameo by way of stock footage in an appliance store [[HilariousInHindsight TV while a character in a TV]] [[HarsherInHindsight next to him is]] [[FunnyAneurysmMoment announcing the impending apocalypse]].

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** By the same director: ''El Día de la Bestia''. A Basque priest travels to Madrid and becomes evil in order to contact Satan, as he has learned he will spawn TheAntichrist in the city on 25th December, 1993 with help of a satanic heavy metal-rabid fan who (who is a hopeless loser who lives with his racist mother, her naive twenty-something tenant and his mentally disabled grandfather grandfather) and a TV Occult Guru who sells books on making a DealWithTheDevil and teach satanism ''on tv'' but is secretly a fraud. All while the city is gang-crime rotten. People keeps dying, nobody cares. All PlayedForLaughs. Also, Pedro Solbes, who was a Minister for Economy and Finances both in the [[TheNineties early Nineties]] and the late [[TheNewTens New Tens]] makes a cameo by way of stock footage in an appliance store [[HilariousInHindsight TV while a character said guru in a TV]] [[HarsherInHindsight next to him is]] [[FunnyAneurysmMoment announcing the impending apocalypse]].
26th Jul '15 6:26:54 AM MrsRatched
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* [[TheLastCircus Balada Triste de Trompeta]] by the aforementioned Alex de la Iglesia, a very, very, ''very dark and twisted'' portrayal of the city, and, by extension, spanish society starting with the last shots of the SpanishCivilWar to the last breath of [[FranciscoFranco Franco]] forty years later. Franco, himself, makes a cameo and is [[NiceGuy arguably the nicest character in the film]], [[EvenEvilHasStandards wich is saying something]].

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* [[TheLastCircus Balada Triste de Trompeta]] by the aforementioned Alex de la Iglesia, a very, very, ''very dark and twisted'' portrayal of the city, and, by extension, spanish society starting with the last shots of the SpanishCivilWar to the last breath of [[FranciscoFranco Franco]] forty years later. Franco, himself, makes a cameo and is [[NiceGuy arguably the nicest character in the film]], [[EvenEvilHasStandards wich is saying something]].
something]].`
** By the same director: ''El Día de la Bestia''. A Basque priest travels to Madrid and becomes evil in order to contact Satan, as he has learned he will spawn TheAntichrist in the city on 25th December, 1993 with help of a satanic heavy metal-rabid fan who is a hopeless loser who lives with his racist mother, her naive twenty-something tenant and his mentally disabled grandfather and a TV Occult Guru who sells books on making a DealWithTheDevil and teach satanism ''on tv'' but is secretly a fraud. All while the city is gang-crime rotten. People keeps dying, nobody cares. All PlayedForLaughs. Also, Pedro Solbes, who was a Minister for Economy and Finances both in the [[TheNineties early Nineties]] and the late [[TheNewTens New Tens]] makes a cameo by way of stock footage in an appliance store [[HilariousInHindsight TV while a character in a TV]] [[HarsherInHindsight next to him is]] [[FunnyAneurysmMoment announcing the impending apocalypse]].
26th Jul '15 6:16:06 AM MrsRatched
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* [[TheLastCircus Balada Triste de Trompeta]] by the aforementioned Alex de la Iglesia, a very, very, ''very dark and twisted'' portrayal of the city, and, by extension, spanish society starting with the last shots of the SpanishCivilWar to the last breath of [[FranciscoFranco Franco]] forty years later. Franco, himself, makes a cameo and is [[NiceGuy arguably the nicest character in the film]], [[DamnedByFoolsPraise wich is saying something]].

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* [[TheLastCircus Balada Triste de Trompeta]] by the aforementioned Alex de la Iglesia, a very, very, ''very dark and twisted'' portrayal of the city, and, by extension, spanish society starting with the last shots of the SpanishCivilWar to the last breath of [[FranciscoFranco Franco]] forty years later. Franco, himself, makes a cameo and is [[NiceGuy arguably the nicest character in the film]], [[DamnedByFoolsPraise [[EvenEvilHasStandards wich is saying something]].
something]].

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26th Jul '15 6:14:45 AM MrsRatched
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Allegedly, film director Alex de la Iglesia claimed "Madrid is the sort of place where you realize if the world doesn't come to an end today, it surely will happen tomorrow". This is where dreams go to die, the full place is a WretchedHive populated by [[StepfordSmiler emptied-out nouveau rich]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive morally lacking CEOs]], [[SleazyPolitician self-serving public authorities]] wich all of them will smile and greet at you unless you fall from grace, and be damned to share space with the lower classes, wich are usually portrayed as [[KickTheDog poorer than dirt, sexually deviant, struggling white trash wich usually are also drug addicts]] [[UpToEleven with ''AIDS'']][[note]]Spanish film industry had a tendency to shoehorn every known social issue in a limited number of characters, in order to show their consciousness or realism about the issues portrayed, wich, while anvilicious, comes as an {{Wangst unfortunate}} ContrivedCoincidence of misery[[/note]]

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Allegedly, film director Alex de la Iglesia claimed "Madrid is the sort of place where you realize if the world doesn't come to an end today, it surely will happen tomorrow". This is where dreams go to die, the full place is a WretchedHive populated by [[StepfordSmiler emptied-out nouveau rich]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive morally lacking CEOs]], [[SleazyPolitician self-serving public authorities]] wich all of them will smile and greet at you unless you fall from grace, and be damned to share space with the lower classes, wich are usually portrayed as [[KickTheDog poorer than dirt, sexually deviant, struggling white trash wich usually are also drug addicts]] [[UpToEleven with ''AIDS'']][[note]]Spanish AIDS]][[note]]Spanish film industry had a tendency to shoehorn every known social issue in a limited number of characters, in order to show their consciousness or realism about the issues portrayed, wich, while anvilicious, comes as an {{Wangst unfortunate}} unfortunate ContrivedCoincidence of misery[[/note]]
misery[[/note]]

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* [[TheLastCircus Balada Triste de Trompeta]] by the aforementioned Alex de la Iglesia, a very, very, ''very dark and twisted'' portrayal of the city, and, by extension, spanish society starting with the last shots of the SpanishCivilWar to the last breath of [[FranciscoFranco Franco]] forty years later. Franco, himself, makes a cameo and is [[NiceGuy arguably the nicest character in the film]], [[DamnedByFoolsPraise wich is saying something]].




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This portrayal tries to make a balanced point toning down the former two and alternating between like a darker aspects, this is the most common portrayal for more light-hearted works wich still
try to make serious points from time to time.

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26th Jul '15 6:05:48 AM MrsRatched
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Allegedly, film director Alex de la Iglesia claimed "Madrid is the sort of place where you realize if the world doesn't come to an end today, it surely will happen tomorrow". This is where dreams go to die, the full place is a WretchedHive populated by [[StepfordSmiler emptied-out nouveau rich]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive morally lacking CEOs]], [[SleazyPolitician self-serving public authorities]] wich all of them will smile and greet at you unless you fall from grace, and be damned to share space with the lower classes, wich are usually portrayed as [[KickTheDog poorer than dirt, sexually deviant, struggling white trash wich usually are also drug addicts]] [[UpToEleven with ''AIDS'']][[note]]Spanish film industry had a tendency to shoehorn every known social issue in a limited number of characters, in order to show their consciousness or realism about the issues portrayed, wich, while anvilicious, comes as an Wangst unfortunate ContrivedCoincidence of misery[[/note]]

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Allegedly, film director Alex de la Iglesia claimed "Madrid is the sort of place where you realize if the world doesn't come to an end today, it surely will happen tomorrow". This is where dreams go to die, the full place is a WretchedHive populated by [[StepfordSmiler emptied-out nouveau rich]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive morally lacking CEOs]], [[SleazyPolitician self-serving public authorities]] wich all of them will smile and greet at you unless you fall from grace, and be damned to share space with the lower classes, wich are usually portrayed as [[KickTheDog poorer than dirt, sexually deviant, struggling white trash wich usually are also drug addicts]] [[UpToEleven with ''AIDS'']][[note]]Spanish film industry had a tendency to shoehorn every known social issue in a limited number of characters, in order to show their consciousness or realism about the issues portrayed, wich, while anvilicious, comes as an Wangst unfortunate {{Wangst unfortunate}} ContrivedCoincidence of misery[[/note]]
26th Jul '15 6:04:31 AM MrsRatched
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Allegedly, film director Alex de la Iglesia claimed "Madrid is the sort of place where you realize if the world doesn't come to an end today, it surely will happen tomorrow". This is where dreams go to die, the full place is a WretchedHive populated by [[StepfordSmiler emptied-out nouveau rich]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive morally lacking CEOs]], [[SleazyPolitician self-serving public authorities]] wich all of them will smile and greet at you unless you fall from grace, and be damned to share space with the lower classes, wich are usually portrayed as [[KickTheDog poorer than dirt, sexually deviant, struggling white trash wich usually are also drug addicts]] [[UpToEleven with ''AIDS'']][[Note]]Spanish film industry had a tendency to shoehorn every known social issue in a limited number of characters, in order to show their consciousness or realism about the issues portrayed, wich, while [[anvilicious]], comes as an [[Wangst unfortunate]] ContrivedCoincidence of misery[[/Note]]

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Allegedly, film director Alex de la Iglesia claimed "Madrid is the sort of place where you realize if the world doesn't come to an end today, it surely will happen tomorrow". This is where dreams go to die, the full place is a WretchedHive populated by [[StepfordSmiler emptied-out nouveau rich]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive morally lacking CEOs]], [[SleazyPolitician self-serving public authorities]] wich all of them will smile and greet at you unless you fall from grace, and be damned to share space with the lower classes, wich are usually portrayed as [[KickTheDog poorer than dirt, sexually deviant, struggling white trash wich usually are also drug addicts]] [[UpToEleven with ''AIDS'']][[Note]]Spanish ''AIDS'']][[note]]Spanish film industry had a tendency to shoehorn every known social issue in a limited number of characters, in order to show their consciousness or realism about the issues portrayed, wich, while [[anvilicious]], anvilicious, comes as an [[Wangst unfortunate]] Wangst unfortunate ContrivedCoincidence of misery[[/Note]]
misery[[/note]]
26th Jul '15 6:03:33 AM MrsRatched
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madrilians are friendly and welcoming, and won't ask you uncomfortable questions about anything as long as you dont disturb anybody, there is work for everybody who wants one, and [[CityOfAdventure is a rich city full of opportunities to enrich yourself culturally, academically, profesionally or socially, and get a grown-up s a person]]. While TruthInTelevision, at least when envisioned by rural folks both in TheFifties or even in [[TheNineties the early nineties]] as well as some South American media, this is ''deconstructed as early as the 19th Century'' and comes across as an UnbuiltTrope regarding media, while ''coplas'' y ''zarzuelas'' (Traditional music) very usually plays this straight.

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madrilians are friendly and welcoming, and won't ask you uncomfortable questions about anything as long as you dont disturb anybody, there is work for everybody who wants one, and [[CityOfAdventure is a rich city full of opportunities to enrich yourself culturally, academically, profesionally or socially, and get a grown-up s a person]]. While TruthInTelevision, at least when envisioned by rural folks both in TheFifties or even in [[TheNineties the early nineties]] Nineties]] as well as some South American media, this is ''deconstructed as early as the 19th Century'' and comes across as an UnbuiltTrope regarding media, while ''coplas'' y ''zarzuelas'' (Traditional music) very usually plays this straight.




Allegedly, film director Alex de la Iglesia claimed "Madrid is the sort of place where you realize if the world doesn't come to an end today, it surely will happen tomorrow". This is where dreams go to die, the full place is a WretchedHive populated by [[StepfordSmiler emptied-out nouveau rich]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive morally lacking CEOs]], [[SleazyPolitician self-serving public authorities]] wich all of them will smile and greet at you unless you fall from grace, and be damned to share space with the lower classes, wich are usually portrayed as [[KickTheDog poorer than dirt, sexually deviant, struggling white trash wich usually are also drug addicts]] [[UpToEleven with ''AIDS'']][[Note]]Spanish film industry had a tendency to shoehorn every known social issue in a limited number of characters, in order to show their consciousness or realism about the issues portrayed, wich, while [[anvilicious]], comes as an [[Wangst unfortunate]] ContrivedCoincidence of misery[[/Note]]



'''Madrid in fiction'''

Madrid often loses out to Barcelona for "Spanish" locals - even though Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, which is a region that is quite proud of its distinct culture and language. International audiences tend to be more familiar with Barcelona because it is a major tourist destination on the Mediterranean. There is a national joke that while Madrid has the nation's finest museums, the seat of government, and a lively nightlife, it has no beach - but Barcelona does! Madrid also isn't very photogenic compared to Barcelona. Barcelona could be described as decadent (the presence of a certain Antonio Gaudí helped to make sure of that) while Madrid is utilitarian. For example, Barcelona very nearly constructed the Eiffel Tower, and eventually built the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torre_Agbar Agbar Tower.]]

Until recently, Madrid's tallest building was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torre_Picasso Picasso Tower.]] The Spanish government, noticing this, funded a construction boom that has added a new [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuatro_Torres_Business_Area quartet of skyscrapers]] and a modern [[https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campus_de_la_Justicia_de_Madrid courthouse complex]] [[note]]Construction of the latter has been stopped for now because of both the economic crisis and legal reasons.[[/note]]. Only time will tell if it garners more international recognition in the media, although the severe economic crisis the country is going through ever since 2008 surely is not helping. Even worse after 2013, when Madrid failed to be elected as an [[UsefulNotes/OlympicGames Olympic city]] for the third time in a row, which has turned the city into one, if not the most indebted capital city in the world.

Spanish movies will often compromise between Madrid and Barcelona, with characters moving from one city to the other at least once per film.
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