Lejos de los Arbores (1972)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Social Issues  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - Spain  |  
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It is commonplace for students of Spanish and Latin American culture to speak of the "Black Legend," through which northern Europeans demonize the Spanish. In this documentary, Catalan filmmaker Jacinto Esteva Crewe does the job himself. Here, he attempts to show the dark side of Spanish life, especially its religious fanaticism and promotion of the idea that ritualistic cruelty is somehow noble. This film had major portions removed by Spanish censors before it was allowed to be shown, but the cuts are not thought to have improved (or detracted from) this mean-spirited diatribe.