Directory of World Cinema: Spain

Edited by Lorenzo J. Torres Hortelano

Directory of World Cinema: Spain
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Edited by Lorenzo J. Torres Hortelano

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

287 pages | 50 color plates | 7 x 10 | © 2011
Paper $36.00 ISBN: 9781841504636 Published December 2011

Though loved by moviegoers worldwide, Spanish cinema has thus far suffered from a relative lack of critical attention. Focusing on the vast corpus of films that have left their marks on generations of spectators, Directory of World Cinema: Spain returns the national cinema of Spain rightfully to the forefront with numerous full-color stills and essays establishing the key players and genres in their sociopolitical context, including civil war films, romances, comedies, and the cinema of the transition. From the award-winning big-budget productions of Pedro Almodóvar in Madrid to Pere Portabella’s experimental documentaries and the influential Barcelona School, reviews cover individual titles in considerable depth. Essential reading for aficionados of Spanish cinema at all levels, this volume provides an accessible overview of the main trends and issues in Spanish film.

Introduction by the Editor

Film of the Year: Biutiful
Interview with Jaime Rosales
Industry Spotlight: Spanish Film Production
Cultural Crossover
      Influence of European Avant-garde
      Representations of Violence
      Don Quixote Visual Readings
Festival Focus: Semana de Cine Experimental de Madrid/Experimental Film Week of Madrid
Film Location: Madrid
      Edgar Neville
      Fernando Fernán-Gómez
      Carlos Saura
      Víctor Erice
      Pedro Almodóvar
Auteur Melodrama/Melodrama de autor
Grotesque Comedy/Esperpento
Iberian Drama
Musical (But Not Only Flamenco...)
Period Films/De época
Dictatorship Forgotten Cinema
The Transition to Democracy Cinema/Cine de La Transición
Crime and Thriller
Fantasy and Horror
Experimental Documentary

Recommended Reading
Spanish Cinema Online
Test Your Knowledge
Notes on Contributors
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