Spanish film on Franco dictatorship Cria Cuervos

This video says about itself:

Scene in “Cria Cuervos” where Jeanette’s “Porque Te Vas” sounds.

By Rita Di Santo:

Cria Cuervos (12A)

Directed by Carlos Saura

Thursday 09 June 2011

Shot in the summer of 1975 as General Franco lay dying, Carlos Saura’s masterpiece Cria Cuervos takes its title from a sinister Spanish proverb: “Raise ravens and they’ll pluck out your eyes.”

A subtle yet unmistakeable comment of the family as a repressive force in Spanish society, Raise Ravens was premiered just two months after the dictator‘s death in January 1976.

In it eight-year-old Ana (Ana Torrent), recently orphaned, believes herself to have poisoned her authoritarian father. He’s a high-ranking military man whom she blames for the death of her much-adored mother (Geraldine Chaplin).

Now cared for along with her two sisters by her uptight aunt, Ana has a secret tin she believes contain a vicious poison – actually bicarbonate of soda.

The family is a little world of secrets and lies in which only the maid will respond frankly to questions about sex or the Spanish civil war.

Saura masterly scripted Ana’s character and her isolated and claustrophobic dimension, making this movie one of cinema’s most haunting and vivid depictions of a child’s fantasy-imbued reality.

For Saura, childhood is a depressing age, where people take you somewhere controlling and frightening. Ana symbolises that uncertainty and the fear engendered by Franco’s fascism.

Unsettling, intensely touching and comic by turns, this is a landmark of Spanish cinema. It marks a key moment of political transition and it’s a still-potent cautionary tale of the follies of dictatorship.

The full extent of British spooks’ surveillance of thousands of Spanish civil war volunteers was revealed today in previously secret files released by the National Archives: here.

Protests in Spain today: here. And here.

The so-called Spanish Revolution movement that has peacefully taken over the Spanish squares in the last weeks has voiced a clear demand of our times, which many citizens across Europe share: more open, effective and closer democratic institutions: here.

In addition to the bravery of those who fought in the battalions of the International Brigade there were many British seamen in British ships that continued to trade with the republic: here.

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