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Los Santos Inocentes, Mario Camus (1984)

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1. Cataloguing data: Title / Address or Authoring / Year.Los santos inocentesMario Camus19842. Working hypothesis- Repression of the working class by the dominant high class.- Enduring feudal system in the Spanish countryside.- Lack of education in the countryside working class.- Budding industralisation of the economy.3. How does the film develop the thesis that, in your opinion, rises?The main theme of this film is the subjugation of the working class to the economic elite, in this case reinforced by the fact that the owners of the cortijo are nobles. The different characters are somewhat stereotypical, but in a way that doesn't undermine the plot or thesis, but helps display the arguments ...view middle of the document...

This stagnation of the feudal system can also be seen when the Marquess arrives, and she gives a little handout to all the serfs. They are kept under abusive conditions, yet they are strategically rewarded and kept under the illusion of being cared for, sucessfully, since they acclaim the Marquess as she salutes from a balcony in a regal way. Even the top servant, Pedro, in charge of the cortijo, has nothing to say when his wife is clearly cheating on him with the 'señorito', as despite his apparent authority, he is just another serf and cannot risk his job or lifestyle by confronting the 'señorito'.Furthermore, the working class is kept without education, being barely able to write their names (and shown like animals in a fair to guests when doing so). No school is offered to the children of the servants, and if able, it's their parents who will teach them the basics. A promising future for a bright girl like Nieves is taken away not only due to the lack of opportunities (while living in the hut), but when the possibility of going to school arises, she is immediately sent to work at the main house, maintaining the status-quo of economic servitude. The only way to espace this void is to leave the country and migrate to...

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