THE BRAVADOS! the will of a family to survive

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Great characters, themes but at the core story is as old as dirt, the will of a family to survive

THE BRAVADOS! is an episodic TV show based on an extraordinary family lead by intelligent and far-sighted Latinas during a desperate time in the first days of the city of Los Angeles.  The cultures clash and boil.  


The Bravado family is fictitious but the people and the lives it is based upon is as real as the ground beneath your feet.


I created The Bravados! from my research into early California history, into the beginning of the city of Los Angeles.  I did this research when I was at Berkeley teaching California history and studying in the Department of Dramatic Arts. It is an exciting and unique story based upon real characters and situations not commonly known to people today. It is drawn from the early forgotten history of Los Angeles but told in a dramatic form and this time, from the Chicano Latino point of view. 


This is a revolutionary perspective in movies and TV that rewrites the history of Southern California.




ENTER THE BRAVADO FAMILY


EXT. THE BRAVADO'S RANCHO - SPRING DAY

 

A group of five prominent riders aided by 4 or 5 vaqueros are preparing to leave a palatial rancho.  The beautiful main house is designed  in a style recalling the lamasery of “Lost Horizon”.  Beautiful and stylish in an almost otherworldly way reminiscent of a Maxfield Parrish painting of a beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright inspired mansion.  It almost shimmers in the milky early morning light  emphasizing distinctive saturated hues and idealized neo-classical imagery. 

 

Not realism so much as bordering on super-realism instead. Colors brighter, the energy of the sun splashed in the morning light  envelops them. They mount up on their impressive horses and the splendid group along with their vaqueros ride out.


This is a singularly beautiful spring day and the extraordinary looking group of five riders accompanied by 4 or 5 vaqueros behind are proceeding at a leisurely pace through a bucolic valley towards Los Angeles.  A hand painted sign reads "Los Angeles - 12 miles".  Two women and three men lead the group.  This impressive group of riders are The Bravados, the most influential and wealthiest family in Los Angeles, perhaps in California and they look it.  

 

Consuelo, Susana, Reubensito, Chico, and Consuelo's brother Francisco.   They are incredibly outfitted in the full refinement and regalia of the moneyed Californios to whom price was no object.  The warm wind ruffles their clothing and hair in an almost heroic way.    

 

They are led by the young and beautiful widowed mother and matriarch of a large extended family Consuelo Bravado.  She is a woman of great beauty and even greater intellectual gifts.  She leads a family of six children.  She is with three of the older ones as she rides in the lead.  She is obviously an exceptional horse woman. The accouterments they display, swords and rifles and pistols on their persons and on their horses, are only minor displays of their incredible wealth.   

 

Their saddles are heavily plated with silver, they wear finely tailored rich jackets of the finest cloth trousers trimmed with silver bullets and silver buttons, beautifully embroidered riding cloaks called Manga’s rakishly tossed over their shoulders.  Their horses with traces of Arabians are as beautiful and powerful as any Arabians.  They have the finest Spanish swords attached to their saddles with gold inlaid carbines attached as well. 


Around their waists in holsters the men wear both colt Dragoons and Colt pistols with silver and gold plating.   The striking group of riders passes through a pristine countryside riding past oaks and ponds and streams full of fish and blue skies filled with flying foul. 

 

The horses draw up next to a gentle stream in a beautiful setting and the rider dismount.


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