The simpler IMDb synopsis of this Arde Madrid show notes that Ava Gardner lived in Madrid in the sixties before moving to London, and that time has inspired this series. But there is a more florid version that I would love to share: “An incredible, dreamlike place and moment, as if it was in a movie, where anything can happen. Ava Gardner leaves her detached house in La Moraleja and moves into an apartment block in Doctor Arce street, where the PerĂ³n family, exiled from their country and taken in by Franco, live. For the poor, almost everything is prohibited, and for the rich, almost nothing is prohibited. On that year, Antonio Flores is baptized, Hemingway dies, films like El Cid or 55 Days at Peking are shot – All the splendor that goes on inside these lofts contrasts sharply with the poverty and paucity of the lives of ordinary citizens of a dictatorship that seems to be going to last for 2000 years.” Get thee to Netflix, Arde Madrid. And of course, if there are any Spanish Fug Nationals with informative-caption intel on the people in the slideshow, please do share.

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