Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
Catalan director Antoni Ribas spent three years creating an epic in three parts, about three days in June, 1917 -- a triple play that is successful in this first segment, handling the many factions active and bubbling over in Spain in 1917. The monarchy of Alfonso XIII was weakening so rapidly that he would leave the country permanently in 1931; Catalan nationalists were demanding independence for Catalonia; labor initiatives were in sympathy with the principles that stoked the Russian revolution; anarchists were shouting to be heard; and the military was not exactly a united front. The two leads in this story of an unstable nation in turmoil are a dedicated labor leader and a reserved army lieutenant. Action on all social levels -- from the opera to the ghetto -- keeps the drama moving at an interesting and fast pace.
history, king, revolution