Silent Cinema

Social film

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Román Gubern (series co-ordinator)

Cinema soon became interested in portraying the life of the lower classes and in social injustices, to the point that the French politician Jean Jaurès soon labelled it "proletariat theatre". This compassionate or rebellious perspective gained impetus in Germany, with the arrival of the Weimar Republic, and in the Soviet Union. But there was no shortage of equivalents in North-American cinema—in which the vagabond Charlot gained universal popularity—or in films depicting the migratory process from the country to the big cities, as in the Spanish film La aldea maldita (1930), by Florián Rey. The outbreak of the Great Depression in 1929 only incremented this phenomenon.

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