El Diputado (The Deputy (1978): Eloy de la Iglesia’s Spanish Drama of a politician Double Life

Spanish filmmaker Eloy de la Iglesia co-wrote and directed El diputado (The Deputy), a daring film by standards of the time, which offered a portrait of Spanish society after the death of dictator Franco, during the transition to democracy.

Set in Madrid, the tale centers on Roberto Orbea (José Sacristán), a member of a Spanish left party who’s presumably happily married to Carmen (María Luisa San José). When he’s elected as Deputy in the first democratic elections in Spain, his enemies, the fascist, know his double life, that he likes boys.

To that extent, they hire Juanito (José Luis Alonso) to seduce the politician, but unexpectedly the two fall in love.

José Sacristán as Roberto Orbea
María Luisa San José as Carmen Orbea
José Luis Alonso as Juanito
Enrique Vivó as Morena Pastrana
Agustín González as Carres
Queta Claver as Juanito’s chef
Ángel Pardo as Nes