La Movida Madrileña

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La Movida Madrileña, meaning “The Action of Madrid”, was an unplanned countercultural movement from 1977 to 1985 in Spain. It began when Dictator Francisco Franco died and Spain erupted with pent-up energy. It was a movement that valued style over substance. The cultural revolution was evident in the music, subculture, fashion, alcohol, drugs, and sexual experimentation. La Movida took place primarily in Madrid, although some other cities such as Barcelona and Vigo had their own Movidas. Popular nightlife slang of the time reflected the spirit of the movement: “¿Dónde está la movida?”— “Where’s the action?” La Movida began when Dictator Francisco Franco died in Madrid on November 19th, 1975. Franco’s 36-year reign had been …show more content…
The show also had “electroduendes”, which What Madrid.com calls “freaky puppets with electric powers”. Another group on the show was “la pandilla basura”— “the trash gang”. “La Bola de Cristal” also featured music performances by contemporary rock bands. Alaska’s role on the show as “Bruja Avería”, a post-modern rocker witch and an alternative role model for kids. Other musicians and the music scene as a whole played a huge part in La Movida. Some say that the music most defined the movement, and it is what locals remember most from La Movida. The music was very heavily punk and new wave influenced. Although the music of La Movida was huge in Madrid, it made a small international impact at the time. Only the band Mecano had any significant audience outside of Spain. Some bands from the time of La Movida are making a strong comeback today. There was also a distinct film movement during La Movida. A famous filmmaker, Pedro Almoóvar, was prominent during this time. His films reflected the freedom of the movement and it’s rush to join other Western countries. Other filmmakers from the time include Fernando Trueba and Fernando Colomo. The photographers from this time were unique and daring. Ouka Leele, Alberto García Alix, and Pablo Pérez-Mínguez were prominent photographers of La Movida. Ouka Leele specialized in black and white photographs and wildly colorful

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