Useful Notes/La Movida
A particular period of Spanish culture basically during and immediately following the rule of Franco
I think my films are always political, even if I don't put explicitly political things in them.Generalissimo Francisco Franco scared Hitler. So, during The Franco Regime, his orders were followed. Well, mostly. Franco set out to enforce that Christianity Is Catholic and basically pulled an Oliver Cromwell on Spain. After World War Two, whilst most other European Countries were experiencing a new cultural renaissance, the Spaniards were being oppressed. They (mostly) weren't happy. In fact, some became so defiant that they became an underground movement very aptly titled "La Movida". That's Spanish for "The Movement". The people considered part of la Movida were youthful and vibrant and breathed life into Madrid as it breathed life into them by creating a seemingly endless trove of daring works that wouldn't be released, thanks to Culture Police, until Franco's death. The generally accepted frontman of la Movida is Pedro Almodóvar, who is probably still making films today. And they probably star Penelope Cruz and Carmen Maura. After Franco's death, the movement quickly became "La Movida Madrileña" ("The Madrid Scene") and a rush of culture let them coin the phrase "Madrid nunca duerme" - the city never sleeps. Moving to above ground may have been influential to the "Spanish miracle". Both periods of repressed and then freed new Spanish culture were characterised by overnight street art in Madrid known as "graffiti autóctono madrileño". Also known as "El Movimiento", which The Other Wiki uses as a redirect for the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement.
Figures of La Movida:
- Pedro Almodóvar
- Carmen Maura
- Fabio McNamara
- Alphaville — the Madrilenian band, not the German one
- Luis Bunuel
- Salvador Dalí (when you ignore the fact that he became one of Les Collaborateurs to Franco)
- Guillermo Del Toro is associated with the period for creating such films as Pans Labyrinth, though he wasn't actually part of it
- Federico Garcia Lorca who was killed at the start of the Spanish Civil War for being alternative (as feminist as they got) which probably helped spur his friends into not giving up.
- Pablo Picasso
- Film.The Spirit Of The Beehive was made during Franco's downfall, set during his autocratic rule, and presented an innocent girl whose village had not yet been affected by aforementioned tyranny. This is to say that Spain-Franco=muy bien.
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