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A subtle, complex and deeply moving masterpiece of cinema,
This review is from: Salvador Puig Antich (DVD) (2006) (Spanish Import) (SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY) (DVD)In March, 1974, a year and a half or so before Franco's death, the young Catalan activist Salvador Puig Antich became the last political prisoner executed (garrotted) by the fascist regime. This magnificent film is not only his story. It's a story of fathers and sons, of love and idealism, of cruelty and humanity and much else besides. Starting in the deeply discontented Catalunya of 1973, the first part of the film portrays the youthful idealism of Salva and his companions as they envisage a more beautiful world and bravely seek to do something about it, robbing banks and publishing pamphlets. The two romantic dimensions are both sensitively and poignantly explored: one a tragic, unfulfilled love, the other a touching, brief encounter. The second part of the film documents Salva's imprisonment and execution. The portrayal of the frustration of the attempts to prevent Salva becoming the "cabeza de turco" (scapegoat) for the entirely unrelated assassination (by ETA) of Franco's would-be successor Carrero Blanco is excellent, and the multi-faceted intensity of Salva's final hours is pure cinematic brilliance. And yet this film subtly engenders hope and optimism through its portrayal of the empathy and comradeship which develops between the young, imprisoned anarchist and the prison officer responsible for him. We see Salvador using the advantages of his formal education to identify the prison officer's son as suffering from dyslexia. The officer's recognition that his dyslexic son needs a different kind of education constitutes a subtle questioning of the precepts of fascism, and his empathy with Salva and subsequent questioning of his role as collaborator gently generates a vision of a working-class discovering freedom. This is a complex film which is both profoundly moving and thought-provoking.
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Initial post: 8 Jan 2011 15:40:29 GMT
common reader says:
I wish they would issue it with English subtitles!
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2011 23:25:55 GMT
Me too. And I'd happily do the translation for free.
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