Madrid, Breakwater of all Spain
Basilio Martín Patino
Curator: Oliva María Rubio
Even though he was not born in Madrid, the producer Basilio Martín Patino (Lumbrales, Salamanca, 1930) has expressed his sensitivity, affection, and empathy for this city in a large part of his filmography. He has revindicated Madrid as the liberal city par excellence of Spain since 1900, with its cultural, political and artistic effervescence, whose peak would be the Free Educational Institution and the Residency of Students where the Generation of 27 was formed. He has also stressed the generosity of the people of Madrid, willing to go to the streets, like when they declared the Republic or took charge of their destiny in danger following the military coup of General Franco. This resistant Madrid willing take the streets and plazas when something affects its integrity, as it has happened on numerous occasions throughout the 20th century (because of the burial of the employment attorneys of Atocha, the 23-F coup, the burial of the Mayor Tierno Galván, the 11-M attacks, and the 15-M Movement) has had a large presence his his filmography. The exhibition commemorates the producer Basilio Martiìn Patino with a detailed survey of the memory of Madrid during the 20th century to the present day through his filmography.