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Useful Notes/La Movida
A particular period of Spanish culture basically during and immediately following the rule of Franco


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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 II, 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:

A more formal and less underground Spanish cultural movement was Generation '27, which "officially" started in 1927, but also ended that year.
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