The evolution of a family from the last days of the Franquist dictatorship to the early 80s.
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 Antonio Alcántara Barbadillo / ... (328 episodes, 2001-2017)
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 Mercedes Fernández López / ... (328 episodes, 2001-2017)
Ricardo Gómez ...
 Carlos Alcántara Fernández / ... (327 episodes, 2001-2017)
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 Carlos adulto / ... (325 episodes, 2001-2017)
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 Toni Alcántara Fernández / ... (327 episodes, 2001-2017)
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 Herminia López / ... (307 episodes, 2001-2016)
Santiago Crespo ...
 Josete / ... (264 episodes, 2001-2017)
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 Pili / ... (266 episodes, 2001-2017)
Roberto Cairo ...
 Desi / ... (250 episodes, 2001-2015)
Manolo Cal ...
 Ramón / ... (247 episodes, 2001-2017)
Ana Arias ...
 Paquita / ... (243 episodes, 2004-2017)
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 Miguel Alcántara Barbadillo / ... (209 episodes, 2001-2017)
Silvia Espigado ...
 Clara (206 episodes, 2001-2017)
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 Valentina Rojas / ... (195 episodes, 2001-2013)
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 Don Pablo Ramírez Sañudo (181 episodes, 2001-2011)
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 Cervan / ... (181 episodes, 2001-2011)
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 Inés Alcántara Fernández / ... (174 episodes, 2001-2017)
Enrique San Francisco ...
 Tinín / ... (162 episodes, 2001-2011)
Manuel Dios ...
 Luis / ... (159 episodes, 2001-2017)
Elena Rivera ...
 Karina (156 episodes, 2005-2017)
Antonio Canal ...
 Padre Froilán / ... (151 episodes, 2002-2017)
Pepa Sarsa ...
 Josefina (142 episodes, 2002-2017)
Pere Ponce ...
 Eugenio / ... (141 episodes, 2001-2014)
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The evolution of a family from the last days of the Franquist dictatorship to the early 80s.

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Cuéntame cómo pasó  »

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The show was set to last until the death of dictator Franco, but the huge success made the producers keep doing more seasons. In a recent interview (2010), Imanol Arias told they would continue until the 1981 coup d'état. See more »

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Referenced in Aída: Bajo el peso de la ley (2005) See more »

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Cuéntame
Written by José Luis Armenteros
Performed by Pitingo
Arrangements by Juan Carmona
(2008)
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Cuéntame is a great depiction of how history is lived by ordinary people.
9 November 2007 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Cuéntame is a great depiction of how history is lived by ordinary people. You don't have to have been there to appreciate it, it informs you with a wealth of everyday detail in the sets, characters and conversations. I had seen odd episodes on previous visits to Spain and now I'm here for the year, I'm watching it religiously! And luckily now we're in the fall of 1975 at the end of Francoism and the beginning of the exciting period of the Transition (to democracy). It's fascinating to see all the aspects of society brought out in the different episodes, from the sexual revolution or pop culture to the Communist underground or the many ways people saw the coming political and social changes. Arguments in the local bar or around the dinner table are fascinating. Other aspects include the transformation of Spanish women (and recovery of the rights they lost under Franco), as we see the mother of the house go to university and confront new ideas. As an older woman who has struggled to reach a comfortable status, she is seen as bourgeoise and worse by the other students. The series is full of such revealing details, and the actors all perform very convincingly.

Sometimes Cuéntame hits a nerve, as in the latest episode shown on Nov 8th 2007 on TVE. The Alcántara brothers go to visit their father's grave and talk about how he was killed and where he was buried- a prime example of the importance of the Law of Historical Memory just passed by the Spanish government after long, grinding debate. Antonio- the marvellous Imanol Arias who gives him all his interesting tics and his honesty- once again manages to express the perfect middle ground, slippery as it may be.

I wish there were more series of this kind, and in other countries. An example to be followed!


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