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Alice in Spanish Wonderland (1979)

Alicia en la España de las maravillas (original title)
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... Primera Alicia
Silvia Aguilar ... Segunda Alicia
Montserrat Móstoles ... Tercera Alicia
Conxita Bardem ... Alicia de mayor (as Concha Bardem)
Rafael Anglada ... Jardinero bajito
Pau Bizarro ... Ángel de la guardia
José María Cañete ... Inquisidor
Josep Castillo Escalona ... Científico azul
Josep Centelles ... Profesor represaliado
Joan Draper ... La dama de la catedral
Rosa Flores ... Monja gorda
Jennifer James ... Conejita
Montserrat Julió ... Profesora de historia
Tomàs Mallol ... Filósofo represaliado
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Alice in Spanish Wonderland  »

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Alice's Jamboree
Performed by Juan Pineda
Lyrics by Paul Pau Nordhus
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Not a conventional movie, but highly interesting
23 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

"Alicia en la España de las maravillas" (Alice in the Spain of wonders) is more an allegation but a movie of a political ideology and a vision of a concrete moment in Catalonia history. The movie was made just after Franco's death, whose dictature was still latent and was made by people with deep catalan and left-winged ideas.

The film itself is just a series of more or less surrealistic scenes that symbolize the Franco regime and its consequences, but it's more recommendable to think on the general message of the film (the ideology I've commented). Feliu does a free adaptation of the Lewis Carroll's book making his special Alice (played by 3 different actresses, who represent Catalonia, Valencia and Baleares Islands, but giving more importance to the catalan one) travel around this "wonder land" that is no other than the Spain of Franco, beginning with the horrors of the Civil War, the censorship, the hunger of the post-war times, the repression in the school, etc. In other words, EVERYTHING that represented Franquism.

Maybe not much interesting as a movie (even containing some great artistic scenes that remind to Terry Gilliam's "Brazil") but as a message, as a vision of a time and as a fierce criticism against Franco dictature is just magnificent.


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