As 1973 winds down, Franco is still governing Spain with an iron hand. Opposition parties are forbidden; labor movements are repressed; and Basque nationalists are mercilessly hunted down. ...
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As 1973 winds down, Franco is still governing Spain with an iron hand. Opposition parties are forbidden; labor movements are repressed; and Basque nationalists are mercilessly hunted down. The caudillo is aging, though, and the continuity of the régime is in question. One man has the trust of Franco, enough authority and experience to assume the leadership, and an impeccable track record as to dealing with enemies of the State: admiral Carrero Blanco. For the embattled clandestine Basque organization ETA, Carrero Blanco must be brought down. Daring plans are made, requiring a meticulous execution... Written by
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The Italian, Spanish and French actors all spoke in their own language, then were dubbed into the same language for each country. See more »
Carrero Blanco was killed in 1973. Despite of that, in the scene when one of the main characters looks at the Real Madrid supporters bus and crosses the street, we can see a "Vote UCD" campaign poster in a traffic light. The UCD was founded in 1977, the year of the first democratic elections. See more »
José María Uriarte:
Today, I'm not talking about the kingdom of God, but of a country that is this land. A country that doesn't exist, but nevertheless is ours. A country oppressed for centuries, and now crushed by the brutality of fascism. Now they ban us even from the right to pronounce our name in our native tongue: Euskadi. Country of the Basques. A word as sweet as any. Mother, land, soul. Does this mean that Euskadi is dead? Finished? No, it's not true. There are many who haven't given up fighting oppression...
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Good recreation about the assassination was carried out on 20 December 1973 by the Basque terrorist organization Eta .
Operación Ogro ("Operation Ogre") was the name given by ETA to the
assassination of Luis Carrero Blanco, the then Prime Minister of Spain
in 1973 and the successor of Francisco Franco , the then Spanish
dictator . Over five months, a group formed by Izarra (Gian Maria
Volontè) , Iker (José Sacristán) , Amaiur (Ángela Molina) , Txabi
(Eusebio Poncela) , Luque (Saverio Marconi) dug a tunnel under the
street - telling the porter (Estanis Gonzalez) that they were student
sculptors to disguise their real purpose . The tunnel was packed with
80 kg of explosives that had been stolen from a Government depot . The
blast sent Luis Carrero Blanco (Agapito Romo who bears remarkable
resemblance) and his car 20 metres (66 ft) into the air and over a
five-storey building . The car crashed to the ground on the opposite
side of a Jesuit college, landing on the second-floor balcony .
This is a 1979 Spanish and Italian drama film that contains intense
drama , suspense , thrills and political events . All the actors , give
portentous interpretations , they form a mix of Spaniards and Italians,
spoke Spanish in the dubbed version released in Spain , and in Italian
in the dubbed Italian version . The picture packs nice special effects
by Emilio Ruiz Del Rio with splendid car blast balancing up and down .
In addition , a thrilling and evocative musical score by the great
Ennio Morricone . The film won the David Di Donatello (an annual
Italian motion picture award) for Best Film .
The motion picture was compellingly written and directed by Gillo
Pontecorvo . Being Gillo Pontecorvo's last feature film . Although
Gillo made fewer than 20 films, he is regarded as one of Italy's
greatest directors . He moved to France in 1938 to escape Italy's
fascist racial laws. He eventually returned to Italy and led a
Resistance brigade during WWII. After the war, he studied chemistry and
worked as a journalist before becoming a film director; he started out
making documentaries . Gillo was born into a Jewish family , as he
directed ¨Kapo¨ that was one of the first films about the theme of
Jewish holocaust and one of the more realistic in its recreation .
Gillo subsequently will directed the successful ¨Battle of Argel¨ and
¨Queimada¨ with Marlon Brando .
The film is based on true events, following the eponymous book by Julen
Agirre (pseudonym of Eva Forest). These facts are the followings : An
ETA commando group using the code name Txikia (after the nom de guerre
of ETA activist Eustakio Mendizabal killed by the Guardia Civil in
April 1973) rented a basement flat at Calle Claudio Coello 104, Madrid
on the route over which Carrero Blanco used to go to Mass at San
Francisco de Borja church . On 20 December 1973, a 3-man ETA commando
group disguised as electricians detonated the explosives by command
wire as Carrero Blanco's Dodge Dart passed. The explosion sent Carrero
Blanco and his car 20 metres into the air and over a five-storey
building. The car crashed down to the ground on the opposite side of a
Jesuit college, landing on the second-floor balcony. Carrero Blanco
survived the blast but died shortly afterwards. His bodyguard and
driver were killed instantly . The "electricians" shouted to stunned
passers-by that there had been a gas explosion, and subsequently
escaped in the confusion . Carrero Blanco's death was a key step in the
establishment of the terrorist organization , by eliminating Franco's
choice of successor . The terrorist organization ETA brutally killed
about one thousand people and acting similarly to Sicilian Mafia . The
notorious writer Jon Juaristi explains that ETA's goal with this
killing was not democratization but a spiral of violence to fully
destabilize Spain, heighten Franco's repression against Basque
nationalism and put the average Basque citizen in the situation where
they would have had to accept the lesser evil in the form of ETA's
reaction against Franco's unleashed repression .
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