"Earthquake in Chile"
Directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms
Though shot in fascist Spain near the end of Franco's
dictatorship, this West German television production from writer-director
Helma Sanders-Brahms (Germany
Pale Mother) is relevant to any oppressed society. Handsome Jeronimo
(Victor Alcazar) is hired to tutor the rich heiress, Josefa (Julia Pena).
They fall in love, but the church forbids their relationship, and Josefa is
hidden in a convent. When the church discovers she is pregnant, she is
sentenced to death by decapitation. Jeronimo tracks her down, but is jailed
before he can rescue her. When fate intervenes in the form of a massive
earthquake, the two lovers have no idea what is in store for them. Dubbed in
German with English subtitles. 86 minutes.