Lola Flores, the eternal whirlwind returns to television more alive than ever


Madrid, Oct 27 (EFE) .- Pioneer, free, eternal and unrepeatable, that was the singer and artist Lola Flores as remembered by those who knew her in person or through her art. A whirlwind of colors and a living icon that stars, 26 years after his death, in a documentary series that this Thursday comes to Movistar + and that seeks to revive it and tell it to new generations.

“I am very excited, very proud and excited because people who do not know about my mother, the youth, can know how unique and unrepeatable she was, the light she had, the strength, the whirlwind of colors that she was,” she says to Efe in an interview the singer Rosario Flores, a few hours before the premiere.

“LOLA”, an original production by Movistar + and 100 Balas (The Mediapro Studio), are the four evocative lyrics chosen to give the title to the new audiovisual biography of “La Faraona” (Jerez de la Frontera, 1923 – Madrid, 1995). Four episodes in which the most varied testimonies appear, ranging from current artists such as C. Tangana or Rosalía to people who knew her closely, such as Encarnita Polo or Juan el Golosina.

Also the artist’s family, her sister Carmen and her daughters, Lolita and Rosario, who did not hesitate to participate and support this project directed by Israel Del Santo (“El Palmar de Troya”, “The heart of the empire”). “My mother deserves it,” Lolita Flores tells Efe.

“It is going to be a discovery. Lola Flores is known for her art, for her bata de cola, but perhaps they have missed that Lola Flores of crying, of joys, of satisfaction, of pride, of being above good and evil many times. They are going to meet a wise person, a person ahead of his time, who was with progress and who had a very open mind for almost everything, “says the singer and actress.

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She, adds Lolita, was “a magician who came from another planet”, someone who “will never die, it will be for life because her art and her inspiration will fill many generations for a long time”, she adds. for his part Rosario.

“LOLA” begins with the childhood of Lola Flores in a humble family formed by a mother who sewed flamenco dresses and the owner of a tavern in Jerez de la Frontera, where she took her first steps in show business, dancing between table and table, passing little by school.

She always knew that she wanted to be an artist, inspired by two of her great teachers, Imperio Argentina and Pastora Imperio, and soon she emerged in her land with the name of Lolita Flores Imperio de Jerez, a modest success that prompted her to pack her suitcase and leave with all his family to try their luck in Madrid.

“In order to understand the Lola of the nineties of” if you want me to leave, “you have to understand where she came from,” the director Israel del Santo explained to Efe. Knowing that in post-war Madrid and the ration cards – where he arrived with his parents and two brothers, almost with one hand on the front and the other behind, as the documentary tells – he had to ask his mother for money for the streets.

Learn how she went through hardships in dressing rooms full of rats on her first tour of the northern cafes and, as she shamelessly recounted, she had to “sell her honor” to a wealthy man in order to survive and produce her first show. Learn the story of how he suffered mistreatment from his first great love, the cantaor Manolo Caracol, and the dozens of lovers he had – mostly soccer players, bullfighters and artists – until he married Antonio González “El Pescadilla”.

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“The journey that I have made during this year of research working on Lola’s life is the one that I would like the viewer to take,” says Del Santo. A trip in which “a tremendously transgressive, very provocative woman” has been found, capable of “enduring five decades on the front line”, with “a vital attitude that reminds me a lot of that of a rock star”.

“Everyone today has many things to learn from Lola Flores. We are in a time in which we all take it with cigarette paper when they put a camera and a microphone in front of us and she, if you watch four or five videos, you will see that that filter did not have it and that it did not it was necessary, that I got a lot out of not having it ”, adds the filmmaker.

What is going to surprise the most about the documentary, he adds, is “the part of the legend”, that grace he had to decorate everything -according to some- or to “build a parallel reality” – others point out. “Knowing which part is legend, which part is true, which part is a lie, if we can solve it.”

Paula Escalada Medrano