- By John Gellys
WelFrom “The spirit of the hive” to “Inland”, through “Ham, ham” and “Dawn is not little”. To see them is to explore the history of our Seventh Art.
How difficult it is to choose the Spanish masterpiece of the big screen! Is it “Dawn that is not little” by José Luis Cuerda? Or “The Holy Innocents” by Mario Camus? “Both are authentic cinematographic jewels, just like” The Sea “,” Welcome Mr. Marshall “or” The others. “Do you know them all but love to see them again and again? Or are you still missing some to discover? Anyway, they are at your disposal for only € 2.99 per month on FlixOlé, the first video on demand platform to enjoy unlimited access to Spanish movies and series of all time.
The only “but”? That the catalog is so wide (more than 3,000 movies and series in HD, including European and American classic productions), that choosing a title to start with can be harder than ‘Sophie’s decision’. To help you, we recommend twelve classics from yesterday and today that every good movie buff has to know. To see them you just have to enter the FlixOlé page (www.flixole.com) or its applications on Android, Android TV, IOS or Smart TV from LG and Samsung. In addition, it is compatible with Chromecast and Apple TV services and is also available through Orange TV. Ready to embark on an irresistible journey through the history of our Seventh Art?
Welcome Mr. Marshall (1953)
Few directors spoke so much and so well of the idiosyncrasy of Spanish as Luis García Berlanga, author of unrepeatable masterpieces such as this satire on the myths of Franco’s Spain, which he knew how to portray miraculously escaping censorship. Never laughing at yourself was as healthy, liberating and necessary as in ‘Welcome, Mr. Marshall.’
The Girls of the Red Cross (1958)
Only those elected can boast of staying on top for more than 60 years. Concha Velasco is one of them thanks to a charisma that was already felt in this choral comedy directed by Rafael J. Salvia and in which Madrid is one more character. Tony Leblanc and the recently deceased Arturo Fernández are some of the aspirants to steal the heart of the four young protagonists of one of the greatest successes of the Spanish cinema of the 50s.
“Feel a poor man at his table.” That starting point was enough to realize that Luis García Berlanga was willing to talk about the wounds that Spain suffered in the dictatorship.With an extraordinary balance between the comedy of manners and the bleak social portrait, the director confirmed himself as the best chronicler of his generation.
The only Golden Palm of Spanish cinema in the 72 editions of the Cannes Festival is another of those essential films for any movie lover. Luis Buñuel flew higher than ever with a religious drama that brought together its most characteristic elements: surrealism, black humor, irreverence … Essential
The Spirit of the Hive (1973)
Víctor Erice took the Golden Shell of the Sebastian Festival with the story of a girl who is shocked after seeing ‘Frankenstein’. This look at post-war Spain through the childish eyes of Ana Torrent is one of the most impressive and poetic debuts of Spanish cinema. Every time we see her, we regret the early withdrawal of a genius like Erice.