Mariano Barroso Shoots Basque Conflict Origins Story ‘La Linea Invisible’

Variety | 6/7/1968 | John Hopewell
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IRUN, Spain — When- and why – do people begin to kill for a cause?

Having created “What the Future Holds,” maybe the best reviewed to date of any Movistar + Original Series, Spain’s Mariano Barroso (“The Wolves of Washington”) tackles this question head on in “La Línea Invisible,” a six-part series, again from Movistar +, focusing on the first assassination perpetrated by Basque terrorist org ETA – of José Antonio Pardines, a humble civil guard, on June 7 1968. 828 further ETA murders were to follow.

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“La línea Invisible” marks the second Movistar + Original Series to shoot this year, after “On Death Row,” based on true events, as Movistar +, the pay TV arm of Telefonica, Europe’ second biggest telecom, focuses ever more in its Original Sries on the recent – or contemporary – history of Spain, enrolling some of the greatest Spanish actors. The stars of “La Línea Invisible” are examples: Antonio de la Torre, a recent Spanish Academy Goya and Platino Award winner for his tour de force lead in “The Kingdom”; Alex Monner (“Unauthorized Living”) and Anna Castillo, a standout in Iciar Bollaín’s “The Olive Tree.”

De la Torre plays chief inspector Melitón Manzanas, ETA’s first target, head of the secret police in San Sebastian, reviled for his long history of torture of dissidents under Franco, trained in the early ‘40s by the Gestapo to snare fugitives on the French-Spanish border: the Basque Country poster boy of Francoist repression.

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In one scene filmed on July 16, when the show’s set was opened up to the press, Manzanas questions a nun about poems written by Txabi Etxebarrieta (Monner), a poet, essayist and charismatic leader of ETA from the mid-‘60s despite being not much over 20. It is Extebarrieta who commits ETA’s first assassination, on June 7 1968, whose victim was...
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