Film director Juan Antonio Bardem was a problem for the Franco regime: he was too well known internationally for the government to shut him up completely, and too outspokenly left-wing to be left to function freely. He caused no end of problems for the Spanish regime. After Franco passed away, he was free to make more overtly pro-communist films, including Siete Dias de Enero, which won prizes and praise in Moscow when it was shown there. The story is based on an incident that occurred in Madrid in 1977, when some militant anti-communists gunned down a small gathering of communist lawyers. In the film, the murdered lawyers are shown as being outstanding paragons of idealism. Despite his previous importance and popularity as a filmmaker, this film was a definite failure at the boxoffice.
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