The Duchess of Benamejí is a play, after movie, written by brothers Machado. It tells the love story between a beautiful and famous noble and a bandit. It takes place in the village of Benamejí Cordoba, his palace, castle and Genil River Valley. It is the masterpiece of literary subgenre of banditry. Although inspired by people, facts and real places, fantasy is a result of the interest in the phenomenon of banditry and mystification in the nineteenth century Andalusia. This is common with other lands, worldwide as similar stories have inspired artworks, songs, writings and legends of bandits, that although outlaws did nothing to fight for social justice, true love and freedom.
The mists of time
Banditry is as old and universal, both in its real and imagined, but will be the nineteenth century that the main characters will. And Benamejí is legendary land of bandits, crossroad, cots and cribs land near other bandit, located on a hill and surrounded by mountains nature, gullies and valleys.
Painting and visual arts
In the current romantic pictorial hyperbolic nature is where the theme of banditry. Noteworthy was the work of Manuel Barrón y Castillo Seville, Manuel Cabral Aguado Bejarano, Joseph Elbo and local painter Francisco Plasencia Hair.
The name has attracted Benamejí historical and incessant- fearing writers like Calderon, Lorca, Cernuda, the Machado or Threshold. Your banditry inspired Manuel Fernandez y Gonzalez to write Benamejí Chato, and numerous publications of the nineteenth century also reflected real and frightening banditry.
The idealization and myth of the robber reaches its peak in the twentieth century at the hands of the Machado brothers, fundamental surname Spanish literature. The night of 26 March 1932, Spanish Theatre in Madrid surrendered to the great actress Margarita Xirgu, Allie says that life for the time primer The Duchess of Benamejí
The idea of romantic outlaw sit well with the world of flamenco, because both arise in the nineteenth century, and because they share the topics of grief, the tragic sense, nonconformity and disenchantment, time, love and death. Also, opera and zarzuela,considered classical music genres, also found inspiration in the figure of the bandit, with Carmen as a major exponent of success and popularity.
The 26 October 1949 opens at the Rialto cinema in Madrid the largest film production Andalusian theme of banditry. The theatrical text of Machado The Duchess of Benamejí was made into a movie by director Luis Lucia, Rivelles Amparo and embodying the dual role of Duchess and gypsy.
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