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A Companion to Spanish Cinema

Jo Labanyi (Editor), Tatjana Pavlović (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-32279-6 September 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 664 Pages


A Companion to Spanish Cinema is a bold collection of newly commissioned essays written by top international scholars that thoroughly interrogates Spanish cinema from a variety of thematic, theoretical and historic perspectives.

  • Presents an insightful and provocative collection of newly commissioned essays and original research by top international scholars from a variety of theoretical, disciplinary and geographical perspectives 
  • Offers a systematic historical, thematic, and theoretical approach to Spanish cinema, unique in the field
  • Combines a thorough and insightful study of a wide spectrum of topics and issues with in-depth textual analysis of specific films
  • Explores Spanish cinema’s cultural, artistic, industrial, theoretical and commercial contexts pre- and post-1975 and the notion of a “national” cinema
  • Canonical directors and stars are examined alongside understudied directors, screenwriters, editors, and secondary actors
  • Presents original research on image and sound; genre; non-fiction film; institutions, audiences and industry; and relations to other media, as well as a theoretically-driven section designed to stimulate innovative research
Acknowledgments viii

List of Figures ix

List of Contributors xviii

1 Introduction 1
Jo Labanyi and Tatjana Pavloviæ

Part I Reframing the National 13

2 Transnational Frameworks 15
Gerard Dapena, Marvin D’Lugo, and Alberto Elena

3 Echoes and Traces: Catalan Cinema, or Cinema in Catalonia 50
Brad Epps

4 Negotiating the Local and the Global: Andalusia, the Basque Country, and Galicia 81
José Colmeiro and Joseba Gabilondo

Part II The Construction of the Auteur 111

5 Auteurism and the Construction of the Canon 113
Marvin D’Lugo and Paul Julian Smith

6 Strategic Auteurism 152
Antonio Lázaro-Reboll, Steven Marsh, Susan Martin-Márquez, and Santos Zunzunegui

Part III Genre 191

7 Comedy and Musicals 193
Steven Marsh, Chris Perriam, Eva Woods Peiró, and Santos Zunzunegui

8 Melodrama and Historical Film 224
Jo Labanyi, Annabel Martín, and Vicente Rodríguez Ortega

9 Film Noir , the Thriller, and Horror 259
Jo Labanyi, Antonio Lázaro-Reboll, and Vicente Rodríguez Ortega

Part IV Stars as Cultural Icons 291

10 The Construction of the Star System 293
Kathleen M. Vernon and Eva Woods Peiró

11 Stars, Modernity, and Celebrity Culture 319
Tatjana Pavloviæ, Chris Perriam, and Nuria Triana Toribio

Part V Image and Sound 343

12 Photography, Production Design, and Editing 345
Vicente Sánchez-Biosca

13 Soundtrack 370
Román Gubern and Kathleen M. Vernon

Part VI The Film Apparatus: Production, Infrastructure, and Audiences 389

14 Censorship, Film Studios, and Production Companies 391
Josetxo Cerdán, Román Gubern, Jo Labanyi, Steven Marsh, Tatjana Pavloviæ, and Nuria Triana Toribio

15 Film Clubs, Festivals, Archives, and Magazines 434
Ferran Alberich, Román Gubern, and Vicente Sánchez-Biosca

16 Audiences 464
Manuel Palacio and Kathleen M. Vernon

Part VII Relations with Other Media 487

17 Cinema, Popular Entertainment, Literature, and Television 489
Sally Faulkner, Vicente Sánchez-Biosca, and Paul Julian Smith

Part VIII Beyond the Fiction Film 519

18 Newsreels, Documentary, Experimental Film, Shorts, and Animation 521
Josetxo Cerdán and Vicente Sánchez-Biosca

Part IX Reading Films through Theory 543

19 Isabel Coixet ’ s Engagement with Feminist Film Theory: From G (the Gaze) to H (the Haptic) 545
Susan Martin-Márquez

20 Becoming a Queer (M)Other in/and/through Film: Transsexuality, Trans-subjectivity, and Maternal Relationality in Almodóvar ’ s Todo sobre mi madre 563
Julián Daniel Gutiérrez-Albilla

21 The Space of the Vampire: Materiality and Disappearance in the Films of Iván Zulueta 581
Brad Epps

Index 597

"The serial context that frames the publication of A Companion to Spanish Cinema should not detract from its status as a true event in the field of Spanish cinema studies in the English language. This volume, expertly compiled by Jo Labanyi and Tatjana Pavlovic, reads as a 'who's who' in the field of Spanish film studies; more to the point, it provides a reliable guide to key critical topics in the history of Spanish cinema - from its beginnings to the contemporary moment - and an authoritative intervention from multiple perspectives." (Screen, Spring 2014)

"Well-illustrated and with excellent notes and suggestions for further reading, as well as a useful index, this volume will appeal to a wide audience and sets a high standard for other volumes in the series."(Reference Reviews, 1 September 2013)

"Many of the individual chapters draw on a chronological approach, but this clearly organized history is unique for its thematic structure. Topics slighted in conventional histories receive their due here ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." (Choice, 1 September 2013)