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Seven Days in January

Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem

Spain, 1979

HOME, 5 April 2017

Seven Days in January

This impressive film, in making reference to actual events and fatalities, charts the dying days of fascist rule in Spain.

The central figure Luis (played by Manuel Angel Egea) is a young man who sides with the old regime: you think of Lucien, the protagonist of Sartre’s story ‘The Childhood of a Leader’. Luis and Lucien are cut from the same cloth.

It is curious, in retrospect, that Spain stuck with fascism for such a long while. Was it due to the force of Franco’s personality? Or because fascism entwined itself with church and state, bolstering their authority and making them loath to give it up? Anyway, on Franco’s death it virtually collapsed in on itself.