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Spanish clichés

“There are many festivities in Spain”. Analysis of this cliché in the film Impossible Mission II Work by: Miguel Ángel Gil Jurado


Impossible Mission II ●

It is thought to be many festivities in Spain. It's usual to talk about them without knowledge. This happens in a scene of the film. The director, John Woo, mixes several typical festivities of Spain to symbolize Easter in Seville. It is a wrong view of these holidays as it confuses several festivities like The Fallas, San Fermín and Virgin of Carmen. These festivities are celebrated in different dates and different parts of Spain.


Easter â—?

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This a religious ceremony that is held in March or April. The nazarenes walk alongside the images of Christ or Virgin Marie. The nazarenes wear robes and take candles.


Easter â—?

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A music band with cornets and drums walk along the images. This festivity has it own characteristics in each regions of the country, but the images of Christ or Virgin Marie are not burnt anywhere at all.


Fallas of Valencia ●

The Fallas take place every year between March 12 and 19 in Valencia. This festivity is celebrated to honour Saint Joseph, patron saint of the carpenter. So a floral offering is presented to Virgin of Desamparados, patron saint of the city. Statues of expandible polystyrene are made, they depict a parody of famous people and social and politic life.


Fallas of Valencia ●

Bangers are burnt in these days and the night of the fire is celebrated as a symbol of purification. The highlight is the burning of The Fallas on the night of 19 March. Women wear the Valencian dress, ''fallera''.

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San Fermín ●

This festivity is celebrated in Pamplona 7th July every year. This holiday is known by it's running of bulls through the streets. Early in the morning the young people wearing white with a red scarf ran 849 meter behind the bulls until the bullring. There are races every day from 7th to 14th in July.


Flamenco â—?

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It is a typical Andalusia dancing. It is danced in fairs and holidays but not in religious ceremony.


The festivity in honour Virgin of Carmen â—?

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Virgin of Carmen is patron saint of the sea and Spanish Navy. Many maritime cities celebrate in honour Virgin a procession 16th July. Virgin is translated from church to port where the image is put in a boat to cover the coast.


Mistakes in the film â—?

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It is said that in Spain religious statues are burnt to ask for favour to Good. Easter procession and Fallas are mixed up. People that walk along with the images carry torches instead of candles and women dressed as ''falleras'' thrown petals of flowers and men dressed with the typical Pamplona dress running.


Mistakes in the film â—?

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The people who walk with the Christ are singing ''Up Virgin of Carmen'' instead of a band. It isn't usual either to see someone dancing flamenco in the same scene.


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