Every artistic culture has its own story to tell, one that is difficult to define without reference to the shifts of power and politics of the ages. The fate of Spanish film was also influenced greatly by the Franco dictatorship of more than three-and-a-half decades. The rule of the Caudillo (leader) brought not only the restrictions of censorship, but also of isolation. But new ideas spread fast and know no boundaries. It was thus that new waves - such as neorealism - also reached the sh...ores of Spanish cinema.
The 1950s saw two wonderful directors gain recognition throughout Europe: B+B, or Juan Antonio Bardem and Luis García Berlanga. Bardem's 1955 film, Death of a Cyclist, won the film critics' prize at Cannes. A year later, he made Main Street, which displays a similarity to the 1950s films of Fellini. It is a subtle piece, in which a frivolous group of friends cook up a practical joke which subsequently takes a more serious turn. All this happens in a run-down little town where the only life happening is found on Main Street.
This series is supported by the Cervantes Institute and the Spanish Embassy.
Presented by: Palace of Arts
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