I review what we call franquismo and I see many different periods, and in the end a huge qualitative leap in the country. The testimonies, the documents, tell us things that some will be amazed. It turns out that Social Security was not invented by Felipe González, but was a thing of Eduardo Dato promoted by José Antonio Girón de Velasco, along with labor legislation that made the dismissal very difficult. And if we dig a bit deeper into the memory, along with despotisms and corruptions, we will see agrarian cooperatives, popular housing, public schools, new roads. And the INI. In the Franco years we had a public sector that would be the worst nightmare of the liberals and the envy of today’s Social Democrats. Paradoxes of History.

We are what we are because of what our parents were. We are not the underdeveloped country of the 1930s and 1940s because our elders sacrificed and worked like wild beasts in the 1950s and 1960s. Just in those famous years, my parents endured war and famine. I grew up well fed playing veneer on the ruins of the Mountain Barracks. My son had video games and he never lacked for anything. And to my satisfaction, today he is flying alone.

Should we forget it because it all happened under one or another political regime?

Alfonso Arteseros

La memoria de un pueblo
(1939-1975)

The history of Spain under Franco as it has never been told. 13 Chapters, 5 DVDs, with unpublished images and testimonies from the audiovisual archive of Alfonso Arteseros.

La Memoria de un Pueblo” is the visual and sound story of thirty-six years, seven months and twenty days of the life of the Spanish: the time that the Franco regime lasted. The history of Francoism is not so much that of Spain and the Spanish in the years of “franquismo”.

Thirteen episodes with unpublished images and testimonies of the protagonists of our recent past. Alfonso Arteseros’ audiovisual archive, with more than nine thousand interviews and countless hours of valuable images from those years, is the basis of this television narration of what really happened between April 1, 1939 and November 20, 1975 .

In each episode, a selection is made of the themes that marked the course of the country at the time and that serve as the common thread of the narrative (the meeting in Hendaye, the Blue Division, the maquis, the arrival of the first ambassadors, the end of autarky, the arrival of the technocrats), and also of everything that was recorded in the memory and heart of those who lived those times. The hunger, the ration card, the death of Manolete, the goal of Zarra, the visit of Eisenhower, the murder of Carrero, customs, songs, fashions, advertising, automotive, sports, bulls, The Beatles in Spain, the death of Marilyn or Kennedy, the arrival of man on the Moon …

These are not documentary to use. The protagonists with their images and testimonies, and the spectators with their memories, have more than the voice-over, the word is activated by this authentic review of their sentimental soundtrack and photo album saved in memory.

Not only what happened in the political sphere is seen and heard, but also what the Spaniards lived and felt in general. All the Spanish, winners and losers, winners and losers, Spaniards from the interior and from exile. What happened in El Pardo and in the last corner of the smallest town.

La Memoria de un Pueblo” starts from an essential premise: there is a story written in books and another in hearts, and without losing sight of the first dive in the second, that of memories, that of feelings. Almost four decades gave many sensations, many hopes, many bitternesses, illusions and frustrations. Thanks to an impressive audiovisual heritage, we go back to the time when the greatest treasure was a ration card and we advance towards the years of the first washing machines, the Seat 600, the time when so many Spaniards said goodbye to the pens and welcomed to the bathrooms.

Protagonists and witnesses, in the first person

In the foreground and in the first person, the testimonies of Ramón Serrano Suñer, the brother-in-law, Enrique Líster, the implacable chief of the fifth republican regiment. The microphone and camera of Alfonso Arteseros collect the torrential testimony of a nice fisherman who was the one who located the lost atomic bomb in Palomares. We remember the days when Eva Perón arrived with her aura of populism and luxury and a shipment of meat and wheat. Miguel Gila makes an emotional evocation of emails; Antonio Ozores remembers his first Seat 600; Juanito Valderrama how El Emigrante or Fernando Arbex composed how Los Brincos were formed; Rafael Alberti; Admiral Carrero’s daughter; José Utrera Malina; Felipe González …