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I wouldn’t mind living in The King’s Speech

I know I’m a bit late here, but I had totally forgotten to post about this film. I watched The King’s Speech (Tom Hooper, 2010) when it came out in my failed attempt to watch every film nominated for an Academy Award and it left me wanting a time machine (and a job in London, some money, etc.) so I could live in this house. 

If you’re lucky enough to have a house to decorate (a complete luxury nowadays) and want to try this look, here are some similar wallpapers from Retrovilla and Farrow & Ball
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I do not appreciate shop signs in Comic Sans

And because I find most shop signs outrageous and an insult to good taste, I like to take photos of nice old ones that are slowly being wiped out of our streets. All these photos are from my hometown. I forgot what type of film I used, my apologies for leaving you in ignorance.
Horno San Valero
<note: three years later this amazing sign has been replaced by a shiny modern one. I wonder what became of it>
Peluquería de caballeros
restaurante
Vifer
And before I leave, a big HELLO to all my new followers! There must be like dozen new ones. I hope you enjoy your stay and stop by and say hello.
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The Executioner (Luis García Berlanga, 1963)

I watched The Executioner (Luis García Berlanga, 1963) for the first time last weekend. It’s amazing how clueless I am when it comes to Spanish cinema. Set in 1960s Spain, during the last part of Franco’s dictatorship, the film shows a country that appears to be going through a metamorphoses. The executioner’s daughter, who has trouble to find a husband due to her father’s job, hooks up with a gravedigger, who has the same problem. Everything appears to be going fine in this morbid love story until they learn that, because the executioner is retiring, they are going to lose their flat. With a baby on the way, the only option left for them is to continue the family tradition in order to keep the flat, and so the gravedigger reluctantly becomes the new executioner in hopes that he will never have to kill anybody. And so the call for his first execution comes and the whole family travel to Mallorca, allowing us to see the peak of Spain’s development as a major tourist destination and the blatant contrast between the modern foreigners who holiday abroad and the bleak lives of Spanish people, who want to go abroad in search of a better life. The film successfully exposes the contradictions of Franco’s Spain and makes a statement against death penalty without losing for a second its entertaining black humour. Highly recommended.
And you know what else is great about this film? The title sequence. Please don’t miss the music that goes with it.
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