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Informe General

Documenting the last gasp of the Franco regime, Pere Portabella's 1977 film devotes most of its 158-minute running time to Spaniards' answers to the question “How do you envisage the change from a dictatorship to a democratic government?” This starts off with an eerie tour of Franco's tomb that suggests a color remake of Portabella's 1970 masterpiece Cuadecuc-Vampir, then proceeds with footage of 1976 demonstrations in Barcelona and Madrid, archival propaganda, and discussions with socialists, communists, union representatives, lawyers, engineers, and artists, among others. Portabella intersperses tours of other locations and concludes with a classical music concert. The full title translates as “General Report on Some Interesting Facts for a Public Showing.” In Spanish, Catalan, and Basque with subtitles.

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