Franco's worst nightmare
If there's one person who might symbolise the antithesis of Franco's Spain, it's Pedro Almodovar. The Generalissimo was short and had issues, yearning for a kind of generalised sober, sexless primness.
After he'd polished off the republicans and assassinated his many enemies, he proceeded to fatally entwine church and state, turning his country into a stunted backwater (sound familiar?).
He decimated Spanish culture, and passed laws that included homosexuals and paedophiles in the same sentence. Although his vice- like grip slackened somewhat in later years, his hands were only prised from the national throat after his death, in 1975.