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Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Dr. Catherine M. Nock
Dr. Kathryn Everly
Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Arts and Science
Francisco Franco, Spain, film, facism
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Other Film and Media Studies | Other Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature
The end of the Spanish Civil War marked the beginning of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship, which lasted more than 35 years. Throughout this time, he systemized terror, executing more than 100,000 republican sympathizers in the first few years of his regime and marginalizing the remainder of the population. Therefore, the Fascist Era lasting from 1940-1975 is one plagued with strained relationships, ambiguous loyalties and distant relatives. The films El espiritú de la colmena by Victor Erice, Cría cuervos by Carlos Saura and El laberinto del fauno by Guillermo del Toro’s illustrate these kinds of challenges, from the point of view of young heroines living under this Spanish regime.
These films were chosen because they all focus on a young female protagonist as she tries to navigate her familial relationships, confinement, and the mental trauma from living through this period of extreme difficulty. In order to overcome these issues, the heroines each attempt to find solace in a different type of escapism.
Pruchnicki, Elizabeth, "Making Fun of Franco: Representations and Caricatures of Spanish Fascism in the films El espiritú de la colmena, Cría cueros and El laberinto del fauno" (2014). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 866.
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