Spanish Civil War Franco Analysis

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The years leading up to the Spanish Civil War were marked by social and economic instability. The War lasted from 1936 to 1939 and resulted in a new leader and a new government. Conditions in Spain continued to decline creating a poor social, political, and economic state after the establishment of autarky. The new regime and barriers like censorship made it difficult for filmmakers to produce new movies, especially with the emergence of CIFESA. Raza and Locura de amor were two films in particular that represented an ideological cinema in which characterized many of the post civil war productions. This essay will give a brief description of the Spanish Civil War, the affect it had on Spain as a whole and how that oppressed the film industry …show more content…
Franco embraced the politics of autarky because it fit in with his ideals and government actions. Pavlovic explains, “The consequences of autarky were disastrous… leading to problems such as the development of the black market, hunger, unemployment, and increased prostitution.” They were unable to sustain a middle class or a stable economy. Franco’s harsh leadership, war crimes, and alliance with Axis powers Germany & Italy provided cause for international countries to denounce his regime. This ostracism lead to the adoption of Spain’s tenure isolated almost entirely from any foreign contact. These reasons directly influenced Franco, according to 100 Years of Spanish Film, “Franco embraced this rejection through the politics of autarky, a policy that attempts to create a self-sufficient national economy entirely insulated from international …show more content…
CIFESA was known for their propagandic documentaries but they also produced dozens of other films in various genres including dramas, musicals, and comedies. Pavlovic states that CIFESA’s “conservative and traditionalist tendencies matched the new regime’s politics.” Anyone in the favor of General Franco could guarantee to be well off and CIFESA was no exception, producing 41 films between 1939 and 1950. Historical epic and documentaries were created in order to build national pride and to influence the Spaniards in to agreement with Franco’s regime. These works exalted the "Spanish race" and castizo values, although the history was often interpreted through the lens of imperial Spain and the Catholic

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