Title: [Presentation of the film, Españolas en París]|
Duration: 14 min., 31 seg.
Sound collection: Radio Paris. Ramírez/del Campo
Summaries: Entrevista, sobre la película "Españolas en París", al director Roberto Bodegas, al guionista y productor de la misma José Luis Dibildos y a la actriz, Laura Valenzuela
The recording is a series of interviews conducted by Julián Antonio Ramírez at the premiere in France of Spanish films in Paris. This premiere took place in the Hall Bataclán of Paris. Though there is not social protest film itself, the film raised a number of realities related to the Spanish emigration to France in particular guild domestic helpers, the collective labor largest Spanish women in the Hexagon.
It was produced by Ágata Films and Jose Luis Dibildos and directed by Roberto Bodegas, who had personally experienced as an emigrant in Paris for a long time, making it a situation that had known firsthand. As for the main performers were Ana Belén, Laura Valenzuela, María Elena Tejeiro, Tina Saiz, Maximo Valverde, Françoise Arnaud and Pierre Vernier. As the synopsis published in the Spanish press, stated:
"Try the film's theme of emigration for work. A girl (Laura Valenzuela), moves to Paris, where he placed as a maid. Befriends fellow countrymen and soon is the dramatic problem of an unwanted pregnancy.
Any temptation or urge to abortion is overturned and the woman begins a new life with optimism, but without leaving her child" (La Vanguardia, 23-VII-1971).
The abortion issue, albeit obliquely, was in itself a serious risk that could have been banned in Spain, where the film censorship removed (among other things) all related issues such as abortion, divorce and marital separation, which was not the case with other themes, such as murder. As shown, the cultural dirigisme Franco remained a victim of its own contradictions. And the supposed "openness" film, was practically focused on "coming out", and at best, reflected in films of certain directors very specific that entered the film movement known as "neorealism", in order to participate in various contests international. Spanish in Paris, in any case can not be classified as neo-realist film. It is a drama with a certain social background, than Julian himself says Antonio Ramirez in the recording, "invites us to reflect." Not surprisingly, having as background the phenomenon of Spanish emigration to France, ORTF shown interest in it.
The film was an unexpected commercial success, and was awarded at the VII Moscow Film Festival. Moreover, the French government took special interest in the film, released at a time when the authorities were beginning to see in immigration there is a potential problem, despite having been encouraged by the state since 1961. In fact, two years later, mainly due to the international economic crisis of 1973, France officially closed their borders to migration abroad.
The interviews are focused on three creators of the film. José Luis Dibildos, producer and screenwriter Roberto Bodegas, director, and Laura Valenzuela, female protagonist of the film. (See also the recordings of the programme 'Entre nosotras' (Between us), aimed at women).
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