After he loses his mother and receives a small sum of money by selling her small shop, Segundo López heads from his village to Madrid to seek his fortune there, his decision more an alcohol-induced whim than anything else. He meets a younger drifter named Chirri at a pub and together they look for shelter in a Madrid where the traces of war are still visible and poverty is often rampant. The neorealism of SEGUNDO LÓPEZ brought a new style to Spanish cinema. Shot with non-professional actors, it draws on roguish characters and comedic undertones to give an account of the Madrid of the poor and the disadvantaged. The Spanish board of censors gave the film the worst possible classification, making a cinema release practically impossible. Ana Mariscal organizes screenings herself and toured through the towns and villages of Spain to present the film in person.