Tomorrow we will again be showing an anarchist inspired film. This month it’s Lucio the story of Spanish anarchist bricklayer and bank robber Lucio Uturbia.
Sunday 22nd November, 7.30pm, Upstairs Lounge, Dow’s Bar, 9 Dundas Street
There are plenty of anarchists in the world. Many have committed robbery or smuggling for their cause. Fewer have discussed strategies with Che Guevara
or saved the skin of Eldridge Cleaver, the leader of the Black Panthers.
There is only one who has done all that, and also brought to its knees the most powerful bank on the planet by forging travellers cheques, without missing a single day of work in his construction job. He is Lucio Urtubia, from a tiny village in Navarra in North of Spain. Lucio, 75, now lives in Paris, still raising anarchist hell. Lucio has been protagonist and witness to many of the historic events of the second half of the 20th century. His family was persecuted by Franco’s regime, he was on the streets of Paris for the phenomenon of May of ’68, he actively supported Castro’s revolution, he helped thousands of exiled people by providing false documents to them. But without a doubt, his greatest triumph came in the second half of the seventies. The press called him “the good bandit”, or the Basque Zorro. He managed to swindle 25 million dollars from the First National Bank (now Citibank), to later invest the money in causes he believed in. Miraculously, he spent no more than a few months in jail throughout his career.
Review from imdb.com
Lucio is a great documentary about a great man: the movie is just as passionate, inspiring and honest as the person it is based on. Saying more would be spoiling the fun of getting to know the incredible life of a bricklayer from Navarre, but seeing this guy challenge (and eventually defeat) the most powerful bank in the world is a delightful experience for the anarchist we all have inside. It is really hard to believe that such a good story had not been told before: Lucio Urtubia overcomes Frank Abagnale Jr. in charisma and authenticity, making ‘Lucio the movie’ a more rewarding film than ‘Catch me if you can’. Obviously, Abagnale/Spielberg were in it for the money, while you can see that Urtubia/Arregi/Goenaga have a much higher aim. The movie is technically brilliant, and the music, the graphic design and the editing are all outstanding. A must see, if you want to get a new perspective on life, bricklayers and traveller’s cheques.
Sunday 22nd November
9 Dundas Street
(opp. side entrance Queen Street Station)
Projector Fund –
Recently we have been borrowing a projector from Edinburgh for film shows, but this is for a limited period only.
If you want further Anarchist Film Shows please make a donation. The projector fund currently stands at £150.
If everyone at this screening chips in a a couple of quid we will be able to buy one.