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Spanish Cinema : The Auteurist Tradition - Peter Evans

Spanish Cinema

The Auteurist Tradition

By: Peter Evans (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780198184140
Number Of Pages: 384

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The liveliness and importance of Spanish cinema is increasingly being recognised outside Spain, in film festivals, television exposure, and courses in Institutions of Higher Education. To a large extent this is 'auteur' or art-movie cinema. Spanish Cinema concentrates upon that tradition, focusing upon the key films in a period stretching from 1952 to the present day. The term 'auteur' has lately fallen into disrepute. The idea - most actively promoted by Cahiers du Cinema in the late 1950s and early 1960s - that the director is to a film what an author is to a poem, play or novel, has been subjected to much criticism since structuralist and post-structuralist attacks on the author. But even in pre-'death of the author' days film raised its own specific problems about authorship. Nevertheless, since the initial excitement of French critical theory's provocative assault on conventional notions of authorship, and taking into account specific problems related to the collaborative nature of film-making, attempts have recently been made to reclaim some of the ground lost by the author in these critical and theoretical battles. This volume offers lively readings of films by key directors working to a large extent in the art-movie/'auteurist' field, and aims to strike a balance between representative films, directors and periods. Each chapter concentrates on a single film, discussing it in accessible critical language that takes account both of the distinctiveness of film as an art form and of the material and socio-historical contexts in which each film was made.

`Peter William Evans has assembled a fascinating guide to the achievements of twenty Spanish film-makers over a period of forty years, from the mid-1950s to 1995 ... This book will undoubtedly become a key text for students and specialists in Spanish film.' B.W.Ife, TLS, 21 July 2000 `twenty excellent studies of films ... covering significant landmarks of Spanish cinema over the period 1952-1995. ... For the reader interested in one particular film or director, the book is a treat. Expert knowledge of cinema in general and of a director's work in particular combines with a sensitivity to Spanish history, society and politics, resulting in in-depth contextualized analyses of films. A random sample of the essays points to the originality, variety and often exceptional quality of the critical readings. ... The choice of directors and films ensures a high level of critical engagement, especially with reference to controversial topics.' Maria Donapetry, MLR 96.I, 2001

List of Contributors
Prologue the Long March of the Spanish Cinema Towards Itself
Introductionp. 1
íbienvenido Mr Marshall! (berlanga, 1952p. 8
In Search of a New Spanish Realism: Bardem's Calle Mayor (1956)p. 19
Saura's Los Golfos (1959; Released 1962): Heralding a New Cinema for the I960sp. 38
Culture and Acculturation in Manuel Summers's del Rosa ... Al Amarillo (1963)p. 55
Fetishism and the Problem of Sexual Difference in Buñuel's Tristana (1970)p. 76
Between Metaphysics and Scientism: Rehistoricizing Víctor Erice's El Espíritu de la Colmena (1973)p. 93
Furtivos (borau, 1975): My Mother, My Loverp. 115
Sex Change and Cultural Transformation in Aranda and Abril's Cambio de Sexo (1977)p. 128
Feminism, Politics, and Psychosis in Fern?n G?mez's Mi Hija Hildegart (1977)p. 147
El Coraz?n del Bosque (guti?rrez Arag?n, 1979): Mist, Myth, and Historyp. 164
Female Subjectivity in Gary Cooper Que Est?s En Los Cielos (mir?, 1980)p. 176
Re-Imaging the Community: Imanol Uribe's la Muerte de Mikel (1983) and the Cinema of Transitionp. 194
Epilogo (su?rez, 1984)p. 210
qu? He Hecho Yo Para Merecer Esto? (almod?var, 1984)p. 226
La Vida Alegre (colomo, 1986)p. 242
Las Cosas del Querer (ch?varri, 1989)p. 254
Motherland: Space, Femininity, and Spanishness in Jam?n Jam?n (bigas Luna, 1992)p. 270
Promiscuity, Pleasure, and Girl Power: Fernando Trueba's Belle ?poque (1992)p. 286
Julio Medem's Vacas (1991): Historicizing the Forestp. 310
The Eroteticism of Nadie Hablar? de Nosotras Cuando Hayamos Muerto (díaz Yanes, 1995)p. 325
Indexp. 347
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ISBN: 9780198184140
ISBN-10: 019818414X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st January 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.36 x 13.59  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.46

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