What is the Meaning of Centauro Title?

Daniel Calparsoro helmed the Spanish-original Netflix movie ‘Centauro,’ a taut and gripping action thriller replete with a familial ambiance, or a lack thereof. The narrative is based on the 2017 movie ‘Burn Out,’ As Rafa gets on his ride and turns up the gear, he forgets everything he leaves behind. He is poised for a breakthrough in professional racing.

He must keep his feet on the ground, as his mother gets caught up in a commotion. To save her and their child, Rafa must consider getting into the drug trafficking scene of Aragon’s criminal underworld. He doesn’t know he is in trouble. Rafa’s double life makes for a speedy bonanza stuffed with blood, gore, and cerebral chase sequences. However, you must wonder what the title may mean in the story’s context. SPOILERS Ahead

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What does Centauro mean?

The title ‘Centauro’ is a Spanish word that translates to English as a centaur, the mythical creature. A centaur (occasionally hippocentaur; also known as Kentaur, Centaurus, and Sagittary) is a creature from Greek – Cypriot mythology. Etymologically, we can trace the meaning ‘piercing bull’ or ‘bull-slayer.’ As depicted in ancient paintings and sculptures, centaurs are half horse and half-human. Professor Paul Baur classified the three shapes of centaurs found in Greek art from Archaic times as follows: They have a human body attached to the horse’s withers in Class A.

On the contrary, Class B centaurs have a human body with legs and legs like a horse. Sometimes, Class B and Class A are portrayed together. A third, rarer type of centaur, Class C, has human forelegs that end in hooves. The centaur holding the bow of Sagittarius, the zodiac sign, is also depicted. These mythological creatures are connected to Dionysus, the Ancient Greek God of fertility, insanity and festivity.

Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher, was the first to notice a clash between the Apollonian (rational and ordered) and Dionysian (“irrational and chaotic”) aesthetic principles that governed the Greek tragedy. This rivalry between two poles of aesthetic understanding has had a profound impact on Western popular culture right up to the twenty-first century. Centaurs were described as wild, unrestrained and vicious in the original myth. At the same time, some modern fantasy fiction like ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ portrays these creatures as wise and noble, endowed with the power of healing. It is clear to see why the director might have considered it appropriate in the context of the movie.

In a crux, the screenwriter glossed upon the term’s meaning concerning Rafa’s life and vocation. The movie suggests that motorcycle racers are akin to centaurs. They use wheels instead of their hoofs. Rafa, like a centaur from the classical myth is unrestrained and wild. He performs well on his bike. He is also fertile, neurotic, and suffering – several other Dionysian traits. The movie’s name is fitting because it combines all of these aspects. In the same way, the film’s name was a reference to a Western culture.

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