¡Buen viaje, excelencia! Enjoy the trip, your Excellency! (2003 – Albert Boadella)

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Title: ¡Buen viaje, excelencia!
Year: 2003
Runtime: 92 min
Director: Albert Boadella
Writer: Albert Boadella
Actors: Ramon Fontserè, Pilar Sáenz, Minnie Marx, Xavier Boada
Plot: A black comedy about the decadence of absolute power and the perversity of Franco and his sordid cohorts clinging to power during the last two years of the increasingly senile dictator’s life. The sole objective of the terrified servile characters around him is to keep him, his myth and the crumbling regime — which was totally dependent on his presence — alive, simply to ensure their own survival. Their days of absolute power slipping away, the decrepit and delirious old man was — like Charlton Heston at the end of the film in which he starred as Rodrígo Diáz de Bívar, or El Cid Campeador — a dead man riding out on his trusty steed Babieca, his sword Colada strapped to his hand and a pole up his arse to rally the Stockholm syndrome-struck populace, and to terrify the social democrat adversaries lurking in the wings. Historical footnote: in December 1977, just two years after Franco’s death, director and writer Albert Boadella, founder of the Catalan Els Joglars theatre group (whose actors play all the parts in ‘Buen Viaje…’) was arrested, along with the actors, and court-martialed for performing a play, ‘La Torna’, a satire on the military trial of Heinz Chez, a German national executed by garrote-vil the same morning as the young anarchist Salvador Puig Antich (2 March 1974). Boadella and the others were charged with ‘insulting the army’. However, the day before the court martial, Boadella was sprung, spectacularly, from prison and smuggled across the border to France by an anarchist group led by the late Luis Andrés Edo and ex-Legionnaire and author José Vicente Ortuño, aka ‘El camarada oscuro’.

IMDB Rating: 5.5
IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0346180