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Spanish Cinema After Franco At BFI

Written by: FFT Webmaster | May 26th, 2011

The British Film Institute in London is devoting the entire month of June to an exploration of Spanish cinema of the late 1970s and 1980s, a period of artistic flowering that arose following the death of the repressive Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. Following Franco’s death in 1975, the near-moribund Spanish film industry exploded with an alternative, adventurous and eclectic movement that matched the cultural liberation after decades of harsh governmental suppression and censorship. Known locally as ‘la Movida Madrileña’, the film renaissance produced such sublime talents as Pedro Almodóvar, Iván Zulueta,  Carlos Saura, Fernando Trueba and Fernando Colomo. The series will feature an extended run of the classic 1975 film CRIA CUERVOS by Carlos Saura, as well as films both well known (Pedro Almodóvar’s WOMEN ON THE NERVE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN) and lesser known gems such as THE ANCHORITE (1977) and OPERA PRIMA (1980).  For more information, visit: www.bfi.org.uk

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