Fake or not. Is “La Casa de Papel” a True Story?

You are on the lookout for a good show? Look no further. “Money Heist”, or “La Casa de Papel” in Spanish is must for you. 

A group of criminal oriented people, planning a heist on the Royal Mint of Spain, Madrid, while led by a mastermind genius, as he seems to have everything in place for the heist to be a success.

But is everything in the previous two seasons, and also in the new third season legitimate? Are the he gripping story lines, which often feel super real, are based on true-life events? The short answer? No, but some aspects of the show take inspiration from history. 

In addition to season one, the robbers disguise themselves with masks that resemble the liking of Spanish artist Salvador Dalí, who famously sported an exaggerated mustache. You ask yourselves why him? Well, much of Dali’s work was created during Zurich’s Dada movement, which, according to the Tate, took place in the early 20th century and was all about rejecting modern capitalist society. His philosophies and that of similar artists align with that of the thieves central to La Casa de Papel. In fact, aside from wanting to get rich, they actually plan to bring money back to the people with their….work.

Salvador Dali vs “La Casa de Papel” mask.

The Anthem of the show

Moreover, we regularly hear Manu Pila’s version of “Bella Ciao”, an Italian folk song that was adopted as the anthem of the anti-fascist resistance. Viewers got to see The Professor and Berlin perform it together in season two of the show.

“Bella ciao”

“It is a song that has always been part of the soundtrack of my life,” Álex Pina, the show’s creator, told NSS Mag. “A song that reminds me of childhood and that the whole world knows, a hymn of resistance as the same series is, as long as there is resistance there is hope even if they do not have the faintest idea if they manage to get out of there.”

Season 3 released

“La Casa de Papel “- Season 3

Considering part three’s tagline is “join the resistance,” this is yet another real-life element that’s been woven into the show. Ultimately, these hidden messages let viewers know that the show isn’t simply about bank robbers, but also a story about resistance.

The new season brings on new members and the harness the masses to succeed. Because the only way to win is to be united.

The new season is available on Netflix, Friday 19th of July. 

“La Casa de Papel” Season 3 Trailer