Sunday, December 11, 2011
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party suffered a galling defeat, while the conservative People's Party easily garnered the most votes, which ensures a new, right-wing Prime Minister of Spain. Well, at least this guy was democratically elected, rather than via the kind of military coup that began The Spanish Civil War and led to 40 years of Franco-dom.
TrustMovies, at least) new film 23-F. The title -- which includes the words "la película," evidently to distinguish it from the two Spanish TV miniseries broadcast in 2009, which were made on the same subject and used this same 23-F title -- comes from the date on which the coup began: February 23, 1981. Directed by Chema de la Peña, shown above, and written by Joaquín Andújar, the film begins slowly and quietly as a military leader (played by Paco Tous, below, center) dresses for the day and then bids his wife goodbye over breakfast. Those moments are practically the last time we're able to take a breath, as the momentum builds and the tension crackles from there onwards.
interview with Alberto Morais, the filmmaker notes the incompetency of the coup's leaders, and thank heaven for it. (Were a military as efficiently brutal as Franco and his team at the helm, we would have seen numerous dead bodies and a successful coup.)
Juan Diego (above, right) -- could not be more devious (or cowardly). In his dealings with everyone, he is clearly putting Armada first, having his cake and eating it, too.
Juan Carlos I, the reigning King of Spain, played very well by Fernando Cayo (above, and last seen at last year's SCN as the surprising military leader in Paper Birds). This man appears to be that fairly rare bird, decent royalty who tries to feel for and understand the people under his wing. No wonder he has remained so popular with such a large majority of his countrymen, left-leaning and right.
FSLC's Spanish Cinema Now at the Walter Reade Theater on Wednesday, December 14, at 8:40 and Friday, December 16, at 2:30 pm.