Friday, August 19, 2016

Movie Watch: 80 Years Ago Today, Fascists Murdered Spain's Greatest Poet, Federico García Lorca


In 1936, democratic Spain was overrun by right wing extremists of the Trump variety who soon went on a murderous rampage against, among others, gays. The greatest poet in Spanish history, Federico García Lorca, was arrested by the fascists and executed on August 19, 1936-- 80 years ago today-- making the whole world a poorer place. (His work was banned in his native country by the right-wing government, our allies, until 1953.)

Released in 2008 in the U.K. and in 2010 in the U.S., Little Ashes is a film, set in the 1920s and '30s, about the friendship between Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí and Lorca. Trigger warning: I suggest you watch the film (above)... unless you're queasy about gay sex. But if you think preventing Trump and his Trumpists from getting into the White House and taking over the country isn't that big of a deal, watch the film even if you have to close your eyes during the steamy scenes.

European fascists know exactly what Trump is

Love Sleeps in the Poet's Heart
You'll never understand my love for you,
because you dream inside me, fast asleep.
I hide you, persecuted though you weep,
from the penetrating steel voice of truth.
Normalcy stirs both flesh and blinding star,
and pierces even my despairing heart.
Confusing reasoning has eaten out
the wings on which your spirit fiercely soared:
onlookers who gather on the garden lawn
await your body and my bitter grief,
their jumping horses made of light, green manes.
But go on sleeping now, my life, my dear.
Hear my smashed blood rebuke their violins!
See how they still must spy on us, so near!


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At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorca is far from the "greatest poet in spanish history". There are many others. Here is one many Spaniards would consider greater.

Perhaps the reason Lorca remains "popular" has more to do with politics and sects than with the quality of his poetry.

Un informe policial de 1965 prueba el asesinato de Lorca por "masón" y "prácticas homosexuales"


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