The Disenchantment

In 1974, Chávarri wanted to make a short film about a mental hospital but the Spanish authorities wouldn't give him permission. Instead, producer Elias Querejeta suggested he film the family members of famous Falangist poet Leopoldo Panero, who 12 years after his death were "selling the books to survive".

El desencanto comprises a series of interviews, shot in black-and-white over a period of two years, bringing together Panero's widow and three sons. On screen, as they start to evoke the past, a tale of merciless family relationships emerges – a blend of unusual erudition and profound cruelty. With the release of Chávarri's film, the Panero family became a legend and by historical coincidence, the film became a symbol of the fall of the Franco regime and the new democracy – that in its first months was already showing the cracks of disappointment reappearing so strongly in 2017.

Filmmaker
Jaime Chávarri
Country
Spain
Year
1976
Medium
35mm
Length
97’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Elias Querejeta
Production Company
Elías Querejeta Producciones
Sales
EGEDA
Writer
Jaime Chávarri
Cinematography
Teo Escamilla
Editor
José Salcedo
Sound Design
Bernardo Menz
Cast
Felicidad Blanc, Leopoldo María Panero, Juan Luis Panero, Michi Panero