Las Chicas del Cable – four women in 1920s Madrid –
Cloche hats, colorful flapper frocks and bobbed hair. What’s not to enjoy about the new Netflix produced series Cable Girls or Las Chicas del Cable– the frivolous title aside. Drawing some inspiration from recent films like The Changeling and the 2013 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, there is a feeling of the story having a present day relevance thanks to a modern music soundtrack which has a distinctly feminine edge, which initially jarred on me, but as each episode has continued, actually enhances the lives of these young women, living in a world dominated completely by Men.
That being said, a few 1920s ditties by Louis Armstrong would not go amiss. Set in 1928, could we not have at least one play of my darling Annette Hanshaw‘s “I can’t give you anything but love?”. Ah well !
A regular highlight is the eye catching opening graphics of Cable Girls and haunting theme song Salt by Brenna Miles.
The story interweaves the lives of four young women of very different backgrounds who all work together as Cable operators at a large telephone company. A powerful sisterhood gradually develops between them, and they each go to great lengths to help each other out of their various predicaments.
There’s plenty of romance in the story ( they’re young after all) , and though it’s a bit soapy at times, you will get hooked by the sheer charm of all the characters. The cute flapper costumes are a pleasure to behold, fitting snugly on wafer thin bodies (nowhere near the accurate body dimensions of most women of that era of course) but who cares, this is show business ! The lipstick is perhaps a little too 1940s for the time. Certainly the wearing of red was confined to evenings, but I’m not going to nick pick.
The four main protagonists are Alba ( she of the shady past) played demurely by Blanca Suárez ;Carlota ( rich kid running away from her oppressive father) played by Ana Fernández ( my favorite of the girls and the most relevant ); the confident Ángeles Vidal (Maggie Civantos), who has to cope with an alpha male abusive husband; and shy mousy but quickly maturing Marga (Nadia de Santiago). A sobering report by the UN that 1 in 3 women still experience sexual violence, puts a little context to this story that some things have not changed very much in the past 90 years.
While the story’s premise is about the women, the brotherhood of Carlos (Martiño Rivas) and Francisco (Yon González) is a surprising and welcome addition to the story as is Carlota’s love interest, the feminist Sara, played by Ana Polvorosa who adds some spice to the drama.
Cable Girls is the first Netflix outing for director Carlos Sedes and producers Teresa Fernandez and Ramon Campos, following on from their recent success Gran Hotel. At episode 8, so far so good, with another 8 episodes to conclude season one on the way hopefully. Glamourdaze wishes Las Chicas del Cable the best !
That’s all !