1951. Spain. José Antonio Nieves Conde. 100 min.
Saturday, October 27, 2007, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1951. Spain. Directed by José Antonio Nieves Conde. With Luis Peña, María Asquerino. Nieves Conde's best-known work, this portrait of postwar Madrid set the precedent for Spanish Neorealist filmmaking. Tackling issues virtually unseen during Franco's rule, including rural immigration into the cities, poverty, prostitution, unemployment, and class conflicts, the film follows a family's migration from the countryside in hope of a new life in the city. Furrows is an expression of the contradictions within Franco's regime. While the Catholic Church considered the film "deeply dangerous," the political wing labeled it of "national interest." The film wasn't released until its controversial ending was removed. New print. In Spanish; English subtitles. 100 min.