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The lack of opportunities and social inequality during the Franco era is the criticism present in what is considered to be Ana Mariscal’s masterpiece as a director, which she became after two decades being one of the most important actresses in Spanish cinema. The first film to adapt a novel by Miguel Delibes, The Path -as though it were a parados- didn’t have an easy journey—it suffered the attacks of censorship, had a limited release and was labeled a “cursed film.” Here, the traces of Italian neorealism are clear—Mariscal uses its aesthetics to depict the final hours of a young man from a rural town before traveling to the city to finish his studies. With an air of nostalgia, he revisits his past and comes to terms with the memories and miseries of the oppressive environment in which he grew up.
Ana Mariscal (1923-1995) was an actress, screenwriter and director. She made her debut in theater at 12 with Federico García Lorca’s play When Five Years Pass, directed by the author himself. She directed such films as They Fired with Their Lives (1959) and El paseíllo (1968). She lived in Argentina between 1954 and 1956.