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Esquilache (1989)

In the 18th century in Madrid, the Marquess of Esquilache, King Charles III of Spain's former minister, bans on wearing the popular wide collar with a long coat and brimmed hat. Along with other measures provoke a massive riot in the city.

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Josefina Molina
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Esquilache
José Luis López Vázquez ... Campos
Ángela Molina ... Fernanda (as Angela Molina)
Ángel de Andrés ... Ensenada
Concha Velasco ... Pastora
Adolfo Marsillach ... Carlos III
Amparo Rivelles ... Isabel de Farnesio
Alberto Closas ... Villasanta
Tito Valverde ... Bernardo (as Fernando Valverde)
Roberto Martín Roberto Martín ... Doublet
Francisco Portes Francisco Portes ... Sabatini (as Paco Portes)
Paco Hernández Paco Hernández ... Agitador
Josu Ormaetxe Josu Ormaetxe ... Cabecilla (as Jesús A. Ormaeche)
José Antonio Navarro José Antonio Navarro ... Amotinado 1
Félix Casales Félix Casales ... Amotinado 2
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In the 18th century in Madrid, the Marquess of Esquilache, King Charles III of Spain's former minister, bans on wearing the popular wide collar with a long coat and brimmed hat. Along with other measures provoke a massive riot in the city.

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

26 January 1989 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Marquis d'Esquilache See more »

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Sabre Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Cabecilla: He'd shout death to Esquilache!
Esquilache: He will day before all of you do, even if I do not shout.
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Soundtracks

Sonata nº56 en Fa Mayor
Written by Padre Antonio Soler
Performed by José Antonio Quintano
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A superbly produced semi-documentary drama
14 August 2007 | by Aulic ExclusivaSee all my reviews

This film concerns the Esquilache Riots, which took place in Madrid in March 1766.

Brought about mainly by a growing dissatisfaction among the populace of Spain's capital with the rising cost of bread and other staples, they were sparked off by a series of unpopular and impolitic measures affecting what clothes people might wear in public, enacted under the advise of the Marquis of Esquilache (in Italian: Squillacce) a Neapolitan whom King Charles III had made his Minister of Finance.

Charles III was Spain's chief exponent of what is called Eighteenth Century Enlightened Despotism. He brought public lighting and paving stones to Madrid. But measures tending to encourage a rational, modern, hygienic, peaceful mode of living were generally resented by the very conservative lower classes, under the influence, it was believed, of reactionary clerical elements, especially the Jesuits, who were said to oppose every attempt at modernisation. One of the results of the Esquilache riots was the eventual expulsion of the Jesuit order from Spain and her vast colonial Empire.

All these political and existential conflicts are made very clear in this beautifully produced and interesting semi-documentary, a model of what such films can be.


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