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Architecture and the Urban in Spanish Film

The first edited collection in English on urban space and architecture in Spanish film from 1896 to the present.

Building on existing film and urban histories, this collection examines Spanish film through contemporary interdisciplinary theories of urban space, the built environment, visuality, and mass culture from the industrial age to the digital present.

Architecture and the Urban in Spanish Film brings together innovative scholarship from an international and interdisciplinary group of film, architecture, and urban studies scholars as they explore the reciprocal relationship between the seventh art and the built environment. The contributors explore a wide range of topics, including the role of film in the shifting relationship between private and public; the ways cinema as a new technology reshaped how cities and buildings are built and inhabited; the question of the mobile gaze; film and everyday life; monumentality and the construction of historical memory for a variety of viewing publics; and the effects of the digital and the virtual on filmmaking and spectatorship.

This engaging collection will interest anyone researching, teaching, and studying Spanish film, international film studies, urban, and cultural studies.

324 pages | 80 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2


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Table of Contents

List of Figures 

Acknowledgments

Introduction Architecture, the Urban and the Critical Possibilities of Spanish Film Studies 

Susan Larson

 

PART 1: ARCHITECTURE AND THE URBAN 

1.Architecture, Urbanistic Ideology and the Poetic- AnalyticDocumentary Mode in Mercado de futuros (2011) by Mercedes Álvarez

Benjamin Fraser

2.Establishing Shots as Urban Blueprints in Spanish Feature Films

Jorge Gorostiza

 

PART 2: MOBILITY

3.The Rhythm of the Modern City: Traffic and Mobility in Spanish Film,1896– 1936 

Nuria Rodríguez- Martín

4.Childhood Spectacle, Modernity and Madrid as a Dystopic City: LuisLucia’s Cerca de la ciudad (1952)

David Foshee

Elevators and the Poetics of Vertical Mobility in Spanish Film

Tom Whittaker

 

PART 3: SURFACE TENSIONS 

6. An Archi- Texture of Pleasure: The Verbena, the Modistilla and the Mantón de Manila in Rosa de Madrid (1927) 

Juli Highfill

7. Surface Tension and Utopian Underworlds: Orpheus and the Executioner in Luis García Berlanga’s El verdugo (1963) 

Patricia Keller

 

PART 4: THE EVERYDAY 

8. Mediating Everyday Life: Domestic Architecture in Spanish Film 

Josefina González Cubero and Alba Zarza Arribas

9. Through the Looking Glass: Images of the Ordinary World in Oscar- Nominated Spanish Cinema 

Emeterio Diez Puertas and María de Arana Aroca

 

PART 5: MEMORY AND THE MONUMENTAL 

10. Who and What Was José Antonio Nieves Conde Criticizing in the Film El inquilino (1957)? 

Susan Larson and Carlos Sambricio

11. Madrid 1964: Icon of Modernity or City of Memory? A Look at the ‘Details’ 

Vicente Sánchez- Biosca

12. Making Madrid Plastic: Waste and Space in Pedro Almodóvar’s Post- movida Films 

Samuel Amago

 

PART 6: THE VIRTUAL 

13. Uncanny Urbanism and Generational Shifts in Carlos Marques Marcet’s 10.000km and Anchor and Hope 

Leigh Mercer

14. Dead to Capitalism: Zombified Territory and Junkie Spaces in Cabanyal Z, or How to Unleash Monstrous Creativity in the Urban 

Stephen Luis Vilaseca

Notes on Contributors 

Index 

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