Spain after the War, Francoism in Colour is a production by Minoria Absoluta for Veo Television and DMAX made possible thanks to the collaboration of the ICAA and the Filmoteca Española.
The series consists of four 44-minute episodes, made possible thanks to access granted by the Filmoteca Española to its documentary collections, the most important of which is the NO-DO collection. The complete output of NO-DO is currently kept in the Filmoteca Española in an impeccable state of preservation. This allowed the Spain after the War, Francoism in Colour team to access the original copies and produce images directly from the 35mm photochemical material.
As well as the NO-DO news reels, other collections at the Filmoteca Española were used, such as the Archivo Histórico, Documentales en Blanco y Negro and Revista Imágenes.
The documentation team searched and found footage in many other film archives including the Filmoteca Vasca, the Filmoteca de Catalunya, REUTERS, NARA, the NATO Archives and British Pathé. A laborious search was also carried out for photographs, press cuttings and documents from media and agencies such as EFE, ABC, ALBUM, La Vanguardia, Archivo General de la Administración or the Archivo de Salamanca, and la Fundación 1 de mayo.
A team of 40 people worked on the project. They spent a year and a half inspecting over 750 titles from the Filmoteca Española collection. More than 1,750 acetate degradation studies were performed. Over 180,000 metres of film have been restored. It took over 250 hours to scan to 4K and 300 minutes have been digitalised. More than 250,000 frames have been digitally restored with 300,000 frames being colourised. The faithful and precise colourisation of the material was achieved using 25,000 documented colour references.
Over the year and a half the production lasted, and thanks to the cooperation of the Filmoteca Española, more than 60 unreleased reels and reports were viewed, some of which appear in the final edit of the series. These include scenes from the Green March, Franco in hospital before his death, and footage of his last official appearance.
The team also managed to track down unscreened news reports on music, fashion, beaches and tourism which all provide an idea of the culture of the time.
This project is a continuation of the series Divided Spain, the Civil War in Colour – broadcast in over 170 countries on Discovery Network channels – and is a clear commitment on the part of DMAX and VEO TELEVISION to continue producing historical documentaries and products of quality which can be watched around the world.