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Directory of World Cinema: Spain
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ISBN 9781841504636
Paperback 287 pages
Published September 2011
Imprint: Intellect
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Though well-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-colour 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.

Chapter titles
Introduction by the Editor
Film of the Year: Biutiful
Interview with Jaime Rosales
Industry Spotlight: Spanish Film Production Cultural Crossover
Festival Focus
Film Location: Madrid
Melodrama de autor/Auteur Melodrama
Esperpento/Grotesque Comedy
Iberian Drama
Musical (But Not Only Flamenco…)
De época/Period Films
Dictatorship Forgotten Cinema
Cine de La Transición/The Transition to Democracy Cinema
Crime and Thriller
Fantasy and Horror
Experimental Documentary
Recommended Reading
Spanish Cinema Online
Test Your Knowledge
Notes on Contributors
'One feature of this book which should not be underestimated is its beauty. Every section is introduced with a full-page film still and other photos pepper the pages, showing off some of the most iconic images in Spanish cinema. ... It is a pleasure to pick up and leaf through.'Subtitled Online

'A highly recommended book for those who want to obtain a perspective … on the past and present of Spanish cinema.' – Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies- Laia Quilez Esteve

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