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A gem of Spanish literature very good translated to TV.
psagray from Spain
24 January 2011
In Pueblanueva del Conde, an imaginary village located somewhere in the
Galician Rías, between 1934 and 1936, families Aldan, Deza, Churruchaos
and Sarmiento are facing "Cayetano Salgado, owner of the fleet and the
local shipyards , and new chief of the population, the environment of
the pre-Civil War Spanish background.
"Los Gozos y las Sombras"is a television series based on the novel by
the writer Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, set in Galicia in the final
years of the Second Spanish Republic. It was released in the first
Spanish television channel in March 1982 and issued in other countries
such as Uruguay or Argentina.
Adapted and produced by Jesús Navascués, and Rafael Moreno Alba in the
direction, the thirteen chapters that comprise it were supervised by
the author of the original work and success was such that, after twenty
five years of its publication in 1957, the novel become a genuine
publishing phenomenon. The issuance of the series was a landmark in the
history of television in Spain and opened the way for the production of
other series based on classic novels of Spanish literature. This series
is very good because it reflects the Galicia at the beginning of last
century, circa 1930, in a fictional town, but society is reflected in
it, really. The Christ that appears in the sequences of the series,
large, actually exists, is at the entrance of the church of Santa
Maria, El Campillo, the old town of Pontevedra city.
It was published the first part of the novel "El señor llega', with
little impact and was awarded the Novel of the Foundation Juan March,
just as Gonzalo Torrente Ballester raised stop writing. 25 years later.
The adaptation of the TV gave the author's popularity had not yet
achieved. In June 2008 it was elected by vote of the internet as the
first complete series of the historical record of TVE to be digitized
and broadcast freely on the Internet.
The series focuses more broadly on the first of three books that
comprise the work of Torrente Ballester, "El Señor llega" , "Cuando el
aire vuelve" and "La Pascua triste", In fact, of the thirteen episodes
of the series, almost half are from the first volume, leaving about
three chapters to each of the following parts of the trilogy.
Portrait of the reality of the Galician society before the war, "Los
Gozos y las Sobras" presents a thorough analysis of the characteristics
of that society and its passage of the nineteenth century capitalism,
where everything changes so that everything remains the same. It is a
reflection of the Galician society of the 30's, before the Spanish
civil war, in which lived the lords and workers, the environment of an
imaginary small town on the Galician coast. The struggles of the
powerful to control the destiny of the poor and maintain their status
with them, two ways of looking at life, one rooted in the past, with
fishing as a livelihood, represented by "Mariana" character
magnificently played by Amparo Rivelles), and the future represented by
work in the shipyards, which appears in front of "Don Cayetano" (Carlos
Larranaga), a despotic character, superbly played.
The novel makes you think, to identify the different thoughts of the
characters, but especially Carlos Deza, which is the most devious, the
most profound. The rest of characters are more transparent to the
viewer, as "Clara Aldán" (well heroine walk led by Charo Lopez)," Don
Cayetano Salgado "or" Doña Mariana Sarmiento ". The television version
the script becomes more schematic, but faithfully reflects the large
and identifiable character traits of the fictional seaside town of
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