The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca

Synopsis

A young man travels to Spain to investigate the death of poet, playright, and political activist Federico Garcia Lorca during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.

EJO's Role

Edward James Olmos in The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca

Mr. Olmos' plays Roberto Lozano.

The Numbers

The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca premiered in London on October 24, 1996, but did not open in the United States until September 12, 1997.

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Trivia

Awards
  • 1998 ALMA Awards: Four Nominations (Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film, Andy Garcia; Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film, Esai Morales; Outstanding Feature Film; Outstanding Latino Director of a Feature Film, Marcos Zurinaga)
  • 1998 Goya Awards: Two Nominations (Best Costume Design and Best Make-Up and Hairstyles)
  • 1998 Imagen Foundation Awards: Won Imagen Award for Best Motion Picture. (Tied with Selena)

Reviews

My Take

The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca was something of a history lesson for me. Sadly, World History is pretty much glossed over in American classrooms, which is why I relish the opportunity for films like this one to further educate myself.

The film tells of the disappearance and murder of the famed playright, poet and political activist Federico Garcia Lorca during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s. It is not a happy movie – how could it be with a fascist dictator involved? – but it does have moments of happiness here and there as the people, particularly the artistic community, fight against oppression of thoughts and ideas.

In all honesty, this movie is keenly relevant to current issues in the United States regarding various degrees and forms of censorship threatening our freedom of expression. Some might not want to admit that, but it is true. And it's frightening.

I would challenge anyone interested in true freedom to watch this film. It's worth your time as is the following, the first verse in Lorca's poem "Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias:"


At five in the afternoon.
It was exactly five in the afternoon.
A boy brought the white sheet
at five in the afternoon.
A frail of lime ready prepared
at five in the afternoon.
The rest was death, and death alone.

The wind carried away the cottonwool
at five in the afternoon.
And the oxide scattered crystal and nickel
at five in the afternoon.
Now the dove and the leopard wrestle
at five in the afternoon.
And a thigh with a desolated horn
at five in the afternoon.
The bass-string struck up
at five in the afternoon.
Arsenic bells and smoke
at five in the afternoon.
Groups of silence in the corners
at five in the afternoon.
And the bull alone with a high heart!
At five in the afternoon.
When the sweat of snow was coming
at five in the afternoon,
when the bull ring was covered with iodine
at five in the afternoon.
Death laid eggs in the wound
at five in the afternoon.
At five in the afternoon.
At five o'clock in the afternoon.

A coffin on wheels is his bed
at five in the afternoon.
Bones and flutes resound in his ears
at five in the afternoon.
Now the bull was bellowing through his forehead
at five in the afternoon.
The room was iridiscent with agony
at five in the afternoon.
In the distance the gangrene now comes
at five in the afternoon.
Horn of the lily through green groins
at five in the afternoon.
The wounds were burning like suns
at five in the afternoon.
At five in the afternoon.
Ah, that fatal five in the afternoon!
It was five by all the clocks!
It was five in the shade of the afternoon!

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