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Daniel Mangrané and Carlos Serrano de Osma’s Spanish Parsifal (1951): a Strange Film?

Daniel Mangrané and Carlos Serrano de Osma’s Spanish Parsifal (1951): a Strange Film?

Zarandona, Juan Miguel

Arthuriana 20.4 (2010)


The Spanish cinematic work entitled Parsifal (1951) has always been termed ‘strange’ and regarded as an artistic failure. However, reconsideration of the context in which this film was produced suggests it is worthy of greater attention. After considering the difficult history of Spanish cinema, General Franco’s Spain, local legends of the Grail, and the Wagnerian cult in Barcelona, we can see that Parsifal is a very interesting interpretation of the story of the Arthurian knight.

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